It's nothing new, this is basically how he's been booked his entire run so far. "Bigger picture" anyone?
That is so very, very true.
He's been completely irrelevant since his return. Don't understand the booking. Sheamus had an opening for a feud. Not sure why they chose the Big Show over Barrett.
Probably because they aren't ready for Sheamus to drop the strap yet and Big Show can put Sheamus over in a Hell in a Cell-bound feud, while Barrett really can't.
Another inexplicably booked individual is Dolph Ziggler, who it would seem is in front of Barrett in the line but he almost always loses any big match on pay-per-view.
Ziggler might cash in on Ziggler after a Big Show beatdown/WMD/whatever, though.
It's obvious they had no grand plan for Barrett after all, or, if they did, Vince got cold feet on it and decided to not go with it. Would hardly be the first time.