Former WWE Intercontinental champion Bad News Barrett recently talked to dnaindia.com where he talked about a lot of interesting stuffs. Here are some highlights;
Q: You are currently out with an injury. When can we expect you back in the ring?
A: It will probably happen in two months. I had surgery on my shoulder two months ago, and I should be back in December.
Q: A lot of people think WWE is fake. They think it’s a kid’s sport. What do you think of this?
A: What we do is entertainment, but there’s a lot of risk involved. I have got so many injuries, surgeries, and scars on my back from the surgeries. But ultimately the biggest strength of WWE is that it is entertainment. We are trying to tell people a story. I have watched stuff like Mixed Martial Arts and boxing, and sometimes it’s disappointing because the big fight is over like in 30 seconds or so. But in WWE if there’s a big fight, like John Cena v/s Brock Lesnar or Bad News Barrett v/s Sheamus, you know the match is gonna be good and we are going to take you for a ride.
Q: Who are your current favourite superstars, who do you think are really good?
A: I am a huge fan of Ryback, he’s a big dude and a good friend. I think Bray Wyatt is one of the most exciting guys I have seen in a long time, he’s very different and very innovative, great character. When he is on the mike people really listen, they can’t get enough of him. Another guy who’s gonna be huge over the next few years is Roman Reigns. He is a big guy, he has amazing ability, he’s a great athlete. He’s smart, very well spoken and has the look. All the girls like him too. So I think he will be a big superstar, a top star one day.
Q: WWE has changed a lot over the years from the Attitude Era. It was much more violent, much more hardcore, compared to now. What do you think of WWE today in relation to that?
A: When I started watching WWE back in the late 1980s and early 90s, it was much more family oriented. It’s a good thing because during the Attitude Era we lost a lot of fans because parents wouldn’t let their kids watch those things. It wasn’t good for eight or nine year olds. The product now is much better in that way because everyone from the kids to the adults to their grandfathers and grandmothers can watch the show. It’s a lot more wholesome. I don’t think we will ever be going back to the Attitude Era.
Q: But then the biggest face of your company, John Cena, gets booed out of arenas regularly, and he’s been on top for ten years now.
A: He has been the face for ten years, and he’s really good at what he does. But everyone knows that I don’t like John Cena, and he doesn’t like me either. You’re right, he does get booed by a lot of fans, lot of people don’t like him. But he sells a lot more t-shirts and other merchandise than anyone else. So there are a lot of people out there who like him too. Either way everyone has an opinion about him, I respect that. Personally I don’t like him and he doesn’t like me, we are not friends.