WWE News: When Offered A New Contract, Former Champion Said ‘I F*cking Hate It Here’

This former champ didn't hold anything back in how he felt about being in WWE.

Bad News Barrett delivers a punch to John Cena.

This former champ didn't hold anything back in how he felt about being in WWE.

After a WWE superstar parts ways with Vince McMahon’s company, they sometimes break kayfabe and discuss the real-world details. Wade Barrett, whose real name is Stu Bennett, was one star who appeared to be in line for the main event scene, but things went sour. WWE wanted him back at the end of his contract, but Barrett made it crystal clear that he hated being in the company and wanted out.

Barrett has been working for various promotions since his release from WWE in June 2016. Currently, he’s affiliated with World of Sport Wrestling and NWA. He has not spent a lot of time in the ring since leaving WWE, and is now speaking out about his distaste of his time there.

On a recent episode of Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana, via Apple Podcasts, Barrett touched on several topics — including how his last months under contract with WWE led him to better things in life. Despite moving toward new opportunities, his final days with Vince McMahon’s company were seemingly unpleasant.

King Wade Barrett waits for his opponent in the ring.

WWE had given Barrett a few pushes during his stint there — he was the King of the Ring, the head of the Nexus stable upon its arrival, and he even won the Intercontinental Championship on five occasions. The company clearly considered him a valuable asset and wanted him to sign a new deal in 2016, but he was apparently uninterested.

“I left [WWE] around April or May of 2016. I told them that my contract was coming up, and I told them I wasn’t re-signing. They tried to make a couple of offers, and I told them ‘It doesn’t matter what you offer me, I need to leave. I f*cking hate it here.'”

Barrett stated that he was happy with a lot of the things he had been doing in the company, but also that he kept wondering how he might move higher up the ladder. In 2015, he felt as if he was “sliding down the card” and into a bad place. Even after winning the King of the Ring tournament, Barrett felt his career was slowing down.

According to his remarks on the podcast, it came to a point where being in WWE was no longer rewarding to him, and he wanted to do something else with his career. Barrett let WWE know that his journey with the company was over, and that his time in professional wrestling was going to continue elsewhere.

Whether he goes by the name of Stu Bennett, Wade Barrett, Bad News Barrett, or something else, he is an exceptional wrestling talent. His time in WWE started with a bang, as the Nexus provided one of the most memorable storylines in wrestling history. Unfortunately, his creative direction wasn’t going the way he wanted, and the rest is history.