Re: Wade's new gimmick is it hurting him in ring wise?
He's fine in the ring. Nothing great, but nothing bad either. His gimmick isn't really hurting that as brawling is his strong suit.
The problem lies in the fact his character is virtually the same character he had before, only now he tapes up his hands for matches and has a new finisher.
TBH, I don't get why he doesn't use Winds of Change as his finisher. It can come from virtually anywhere, it's fun to watch and it looks effective. The Souvenir is fine if the guys sells it really well (like Zach Ryder does), and wasteland looks strong on smaller guys, but Winds of Change would work on anyone pretty much and look effective enough.
As for his whole character, it would've been nice if he didn't just keep facing jobbers week after week even when he said he wouldn't. It would be nice if he got on the mic and didn't refer to the "Barrett Barrage" (which while I like the name, is a strong link to his old-self) and it would be nice if he changed his ring attire as well. What he looked like in those video packages with the jeans, no tape, etc. would look awesome and really fit the character, especially since that's what we saw in the video.
Of course that's only a start. He'd need to be put in proper main event feuds as well as treated like he's a threat to someone like Sheamus or Cena, which to this point he has not.
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