Weight: 246 lbs.
From: Preston, England
Signature Move: Bull Hammer
Career Highlights: NXT Season 1 winner; Intercontinental Champion
Trained in bare-knuckle brawling on the mean streets of Preston, England, Wade Barrett brings strength, arrogance and cunning to the ring in equal measure. He's also imbued with confidence and eloquence, character traits that have propelled the cocky young Brit to the top ranks in WWE.
Since coming to WWE prominence as the winner of WWE NXT season one, Barrett has proven he's not content merely to share the spotlight with his fellow Superstars. He wants total control, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
After winning NXT, Barrett shocked the WWE Universe by forming the splinter group The Nexus and staging a hostile takeover on Raw. The Nexus quickly made their intentions clear following their debut, running roughshod on Monday nights and promoting an agenda of fear and intimidation. Barrett's cold and ruthless leadership proved difficult to withstand. Even the mighty John Cena couldn't withstand the onslaught, first becoming a lackey to Barrett's goon squad and then being unceremoniously ousted from WWE after Barrett ordered his firing.
After Cena was reinstated, Barrett jumped over to SmackDown, forming The Corre, intent on dominating Friday nights just as handily as he had Mondays. Shortly thereafter, Barrett defeated Kofi Kingston to become the Intercontinental Champion. He then used The Corre as hired muscle to ensure he would keep the championship gold until the group imploded along with Wade's Intercontinental Title reign. With no other Superstars at his side, the scheming Superstar employed his self-proclaimed “Barrett Barrage” — a one-man mission of mercilessness that targeted even those at WWE's peak, most notably Randy Orton.
Following a partially dislocated elbow that kept him out of action for nearly seven months, a reinvigorated Barrett made his intense return to WWE in September 2012. The English Superstar used his downtime to get back to basics and “reignite the flame” — presumably through participation in the sort of bare-knuckle boxing he took part in early in his past.
Knocking out anyone in his path with a devastating elbow strike he's dubbed the Bull Hammer, Barrett racked up victory after victory upon his return, establishing himself as a contender for the Intercontinental Title, which he captured on the Dec. 31, 2012, edition of Raw.
Barrett then set his sights on the Royal Rumble Match and the prize of a World Title opportunity at WrestleMania 29. Barrett had an impressive showing in the over-the-top-rope classic, but was ultimately eliminated by NXT upstart Bo Dallas, who the Brit intends on sending back to the developmental territory he came from.
He's also making his foray into films with a role in “Dead Man Down.” Barrett beamed as he introduced the film's trailer on Raw, saying it would make him a star. The Brit isn't taking kindly to anyone who tries to diminish his role in the flick. After Chris Jericho and The Miz ragged on him during the March 11 edition of Raw, Barrett set off a brawl during their No. 1 Contender's Match that night.
Barrett later defeated both men in a Triple Threat Match. The result would not be the same on the WrestleMania 29 Interactive Pre-Show, as this time, The Awesome One walked out of MetLife Stadium with the Intercontinental Title.
The Brit was on the warpath after his loss, and in a rematch little more than 24 hours later, he reclaimed the Intercontinental Championship from The Miz. With a vicious Bull Hammer elbow, Barrett won his third Intercontinental Title on Raw!
There's no shortage of potential challengers to Barrett's championship, either. The former bare-knuckle fighter has to watch out for the high-flying Sin Cara, who pulled off an upset victory over Barrett on Main Event. That's not to mention The Miz, who is sure to be looking for retribution for the end of his brief reign at the hands of Barrett.
Armed with an arsenal of brutal strikes, there's not a doubt in anyone's mind The Barrett Barrage is back on course.