Undergoing a gimmick change.
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Birmingham, UK
Re: Wade Barrett's character
This is the problem with 90% of the mid-card, in that they lack any sense of character. Just having Michael Cole call him "the bare knuckle brawler" and mention "the Barrett barrage" is enough for WWE Creative.
Firstly, I'd have Wade swap his trunks for a pair of jeans, then have him adopt a more aggressive in-ring style. We know he can cut great promo's, because at one point he was the top heel in the company through his microphone work in the Nexus, so give him more promo time in the ring and put him in a lengthy, meaningful feud with a story that allows his character to develop.
I suggest Jericho for this. Not only do they have a history to build the feud off (Jericho was Barrett's mentor on NXT), the storyline from there writes itself, with Barrett being the Intercontinental Champion and Jericho wanting to prove he's still got it by reclaiming the Championship he's made his own. Not only can the two provide stellar promos between the two of them, Jericho's overness will give a rub to Barrett and he can carry him to some decent matches, where Barrett lacks the most.
EDIT: Just realised that Barrett is not only a 3-time IC Champion, but has held the title for almost 200 days combined. It goes to show what WWE thinks of its mid-card when you can't think of a single meaningful feud during that entire combined reign, and how little they care of their mid-card talent and titles.
Last edited by Poppin' Fresh; 04-14-2013 at 08:11 PM.