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Haven't seen this posted anywhere. I just post the highlights, the full interview is in the link below.

Source: http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20110203/APC0507/110203003/Interview-WWE-superstar-Wade-Barrett

P-C: You won the first season of WWE NXT; was it harder for you to win NXT or work in the independent circuits?

Barrett: I think when you’re wrestling in the independent circuit, there’s a lot less spotlight on you. There’s a lot less critique. There’s a lot less riding on what you’re doing. If you’re wrestling on the independent scene and you don’t have a great match, there’s not really anyone criticizing you. There’s not too much pressure, but when you deal with the WWE, it’s a huge thing cause it’s a global show. The world’s watching as they say. … The stock price of WWE will be affected by the amount of views we get and things like that so it’s a lot more important to make sure we perform well with WWE than it ever was for me on the independent scene.

P-C: When it comes to being a heel or a face in the WWE, is it easier to get fans to hate you or like you?

Barrett: I think it purely depends on the individual. I know I’ve always felt more comfortable being an antagonist and on the few occasions in my career when I’ve tried to go out and be the fan favorite, back in my days in the U.K., I just never did a good job with it. I was always very bad at getting the fans to get behind me and cheer for me and clap for me, so I knew very early in my career that I would be a better antagonist than protagonist. … Some guys are better fit for certain roles and I think I’m a better fit as a heel.

P-C: You have good poise on the microphone; are most of your interviews straight forward or do you find yourself ad-libbing quite often?

Barrett: A lot of the times we’re shoved out in front of the camera and I may be out there talking for 10 minutes straight or doing it back and forth with someone for 10 or 15 minutes. A lot of times you are having to ad-lib. There’s no way anybody can memorize all the stuff we have to come out and say. Generally, I’ll have an idea of what’ I’m gonna say, but in terms of crowd interaction and things like that, sometimes the crowd will be chanting stuff at me, so I’ll want to say something in response to that. Sometimes whoever I’m talking with might throw me a curveball – like John Cena’s very good at ad-libbing. He used to throw a lot of curveballs at me when I was out there talking with him, so I have to be very much reactive to what’s going on around me.

P-C: You used to be a bare-knuckle boxer and we’ve seen guys like Brock Lesnar successfully leave the squared circle to pursue a career in the octagon. Would you ever give UFC a shot?

Barrett: UFC fighting isn’t really something that I’d be too interested in now. I’m very much focused on my career with WWE. … I’ve got no desires to ever leave WWE until I wanna retire one day when I’m really old. UFC isn’t something that’s ever really appealed to me. … I was always more a fan of boxing than I was of mixed martial arts.

Most painful move you’ve ever endured?

Barrett: That would probably have to be Justin Gabriel’s 450 splash. It’s a spectacular looking move, but the velocity of him spinning around combined with the fact that he’s jumping 10-feet in the air or whatever it is, makes for a very heavy impact. That’s definitely one of the most painful moves I’ve ever had to take.

Most difficult move you’ve had to pull off?

Barrett: Most difficult move I’ve had to pull off was probably hitting my Wasteland finisher on Mark Henry (laughs). He’s about 450 pounds. He’s a very strange shaped man should we say, and he also doesn’t like being held up in the air so he tends to wiggle around a bit. I think I almost broke my spine when I did that move on him (laughs). That’s definitely the most difficult one I’ve had to pull off. I’m not looking forward to when I have to do it again (laughs).
Well, i fully agree with him on fitting better as a heel part, he clearly has that natural heel aura, he looks like a villain.

I gotta say he's one of the best, if not the best mic workers in WWE right now, he obviously still needs to work on his in-ring work though, maybe that's the reason why he didn't win the WWE title when he's still red hot during Nexus saga, maybe WWE doesn't want to put the belt on him too soon because Barrett is still not too reliable when it comes to in-ring work, but i don't know if that's true either because they put the belt on Miz without hesitance. That's just my assumption anyways.
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He does a heel much better, it's hard to imagine him as a face, although I do see The Corre as face when they come against Nexus, probably just me though.

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Barrett's heel and mic work are amazing. He's easily the best since Edge in 2006. He's just such a natural as a heel that by the end of his career he could be regarded as one of the best heels of all time if WWE books him right.

He should get his first world title reign by Summerslam imo. However if Del Rio wins the title at Mania, I can't see Barrett taking it off him (which is the main reason why I'd like to see Edge retain against Del Rio).

Great interview btw.
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