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Wade Barrett

King Barrett
Barrett in April 2014
Birth name Stuart Alexander Bennett
Born (1980-08-10) 10 August 1980 [1]
Penwortham, Lancashire, England[1][2]
Residence Tampa, Florida, United States[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bad News Barrett[4]
King Barrett[4]
Lawrence Knight[1]
Stu Sanders[1]
Wade Barrett[4][1]
Billed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)[4]
Billed weight 246 lb (112 kg)[4]
Billed from Manchester, England as Wade Barrett
Preston, England as Bad News and King Barrett[4]
Trained by Al Snow[1][2]
Jon Richie[1][2]
Debut June 2004[5]

Stuart Alexander "Stu" Bennett[1][6] (born 10 August 1980)[1] is an English professional wrestler, actor and former bare-knuckle boxer. He is signed to WWE, where he performs under the ring name King Barrett. Barrett won the first season of NXT in 2010 and made his Raw debut on 7 June of that year, rising to prominence as the leader of the The Nexus, composed of the remaining NXT rookies of season 1. He headlined five WWE pay-per-view events during the remainder of 2010, challenging for the WWE Championship in three of those,[7] and also competed for the World Heavyweight Championship at the 2011 Elimination Chamber event. Barrett later formed the Corre with former Nexus members Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel in January 2011 and won his first Intercontinental Championship, a title that he has won overall five times. He breifly became Bad News Barrett before becoming the 20th King of the Ring winner in 2015, where he changed his name to King Barrett.


  • Early life 1
  • Bare-knuckle boxing career 2
  • Professional wrestling career 3
    • Early career (2004–2006) 3.1
    • World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE 3.2
      • Ohio Valley Wrestling (2006–2008) 3.2.1
      • Florida Championship Wrestling (2008–2010) 3.2.2
      • NXT (2010) 3.2.3
      • The Nexus and The Corre (2010–2011) 3.2.4
      • The Barrett Barrage (2011–2013) 3.2.5
      • Bad News Barrett (2013–2015) 3.2.6
      • King Barrett (2015–present) 3.2.7
  • Acting career 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Filmography 6
    • Film 6.1
    • Television 6.2
    • Web 6.3
  • In wrestling 7
  • Championships and accomplishments 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life

Bennett was born in Penwortham, Lancashire. He lived in Preston until the age of six, when he moved to Wales with his family.[8][9] He was inspired by his idol Davey Boy Smith to become a professional wrestler, and named the WWF Intercontinental Championship match in the main event of SummerSlam 1992 (between Smith and Bret Hart, another childhood hero) as his all-time favourite match.[10][11] He earned a degree in marine biology from the University of Liverpool,[8] working in a science laboratory[9] and as a recruitment consultant whilst training to become a wrestler.[8] Barrett also has origins in Spain by his maternal grandmother.

Bare-knuckle boxing career

While living in Liverpool in his early twenties, Bennett became a champion bare-knuckle boxer, going on to fight in various locations throughout Europe.[11][12][13][14] He competed in a match dubbed by the bare knuckle underworld as "The Battle of Buda", in which he defeated a reputable opponent for a big cash prize.[15] Afterwards, as he walked through an alleyway in search of a taxi to the airport, Bennett was stabbed with an eight-inch blade by someone who attempted to steal the cash. He has refused to elaborate on the incident for legal reasons, but the assailant incurred serious injuries, and Bennett escaped with the cash despite significant blood loss. The attack left him with a 12-inch scar that stretches from his upper back to halfway down his right triceps[15] and the punches he took during his bare-knuckle career left him with a disfigured nose,[11] but he has expressed no regret over that period of his life.[15] He incorporated his bare-knuckle career into his WWE gimmick at the request of Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes,[11] being introduced to the WWE crowd as a European bare-knuckle champion who had fought on the streets of Europe.[16] His Wasteland move is named after the site of many of his fights.[13]

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2004–2006)

Barrett in Florida Championship Wrestling in 2010

Bennett decided to become a professional wrestler at the age of 21,[11] and was trained by Jon Ritchie and Al Snow.[1] He made his professional wrestling debut in June 2004, using the ring name Stu Sanders,[5] as a surprise entrant in a 30-man battle royal held by NWA UK Hammerlock Wrestling.[2] Sanders also performed at numerous Dropkixx Wrestling, Real Quality Wrestling and All Star Wrestling events,[2][8] as well as wrestling in Wales for Welsh Wrestling. In June 2005 he beat Danny Beckwith for the Dropkixx IWC Heavyweight Championship. In 2005 he feuded with Nick Aldis and Danny Dexter in Dropkixx Wrestling.

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2006–2008)

After appearing as part of a security team on 13 November 2006 episode of Raw in Manchester, Bennett participated in a tryout with WWE later that month. He had another tryout in 2007, and signed a developmental contract with them in October.[1][11] He was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) under his Stu Sanders ring name, where he defeated Ace Steel in a dark match.[1] He later formed a tag team with Paul Burchill and the pair faced the Major Brothers in several matches.[2] On 2 January 2008 Sanders and Burchill defeated Colt Cabana and Charles Evans in the final of a tournament for the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship.[1][2] Sanders and Burchill held the title for nearly two months before losing it to Los Locos (Ramón and Raúl) in a four-way match also involving The Insurgency (Ali and Omar Akbar) and The Mobile Homers (Ted McNaler and Adam Revolver).[2][17]

Florida Championship Wrestling (2008–2010)

After WWE ended their relationship with OVW as a developmental territory, Sanders was moved to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) with several other wrestlers.[2] On 6 May 2008, Sanders and Drew McIntyre, collectively known as The Empire, defeated The Puerto Rica Nightmares (Eddie Colón and Eric Pérez) to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship.[18] They lost the titles back to the Nightmares at FCW's first TV taping on 17 July.[2][18] The team broke up after the loss, and Sanders began wrestling under his real name before changing it to Lawrence Knight at 9 October FCW television taping. On 19 February 2009, Knight announced that he was the new FCW commentator, alongside Dusty Rhodes.[1][19] He became colour commentator due to an injury, in which he tore his Latissimus dorsi muscle and required surgery.[20] In August 2009, Bennett was renamed yet again to Wade Barrett, partially named for Wade Dooley.[2][8] He described the character of Barrett as being an extension of his "dark side".[8] He returned to in-ring competition in FCW in December 2009.[1]

NXT (2010)

Barrett competed on the first season of NXT, with Chris Jericho as his storylines mentor.[21] His first appearance for NXT was on the inaugural episode of NXT on 23 February, when he acted as Jericho's ring announcer.[22] Barrett made his in-ring debut on the following episode of NXT, defeating Daniel Bryan.[23] On 13 April episode of NXT, Barrett won the "talk the talk" challenge and was awarded his own custom made entrance theme.[24] On 11 May, Barrett was ranked in first place in the Pros Poll.[25] On the 1 June 2010 episode of NXT, Barrett won the overall competition and a WWE contract, by defeating Gabriel and David Otunga in the season finale.[26]

The Nexus and The Corre (2010–2011)

Barrett in September 2010

On the 7 June 2010 edition of Raw, Barrett was at the forefront of an attack by the NXT rookies, as they interfered in the main event match between John Cena and CM Punk, attacking both competitors, the Straight Edge Society, the announce team, the timekeeper and the ring announcer, Justin Roberts, before they destroyed the ring area and surrounding equipment. Cena in particular was heavily targeted by the rookies, who hit him with their finishing moves.[27] On the 14 June 2010 edition of Raw, Barrett and the other rookies (minus Daniel Bryan) demanded full-time contracts from Raw General Manager Bret Hart, who instead fired Barrett and had the rookies removed from the building. Later in the show, the rookies attacked Hart and gave him until the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view to decide on their contracts.[28] At Fatal 4-Way, the rookies interfered in the main event for the WWE Championship, costing Cena the match and the championship in the process to Sheamus.[29] The following night on Raw, Vince McMahon fired Hart and announced that a new 'anonymous' General Manager had been hired and the six rookies received WWE contracts (Barrett's contract was reinstated after he was originally fired the previous week). The group of rookies continued their path of disrupting main events, as they attacked both Cena and McMahon, who had been acting as the referee on the 28 June 2010 edition of Raw.[30] On the 5 July 2010 edition of Raw, the group was named The Nexus.[31] That same week, Barrett was absent from Raw as his work visa had expired and he had to return to the United Kingdom to apply for a new one.[32] With his visa situation cleared up, Barrett returned the following week.[33] On the 12 July 2010 edition of Raw, the Nexus (who were without Darren Young due to being injured in an attack by Cena the previous week) competed in their first match together and defeated Cena in a 6–on–1 handicap match after Gabriel hit Cena with the 450° splash.[34] The following week, Barrett made his singles match debut on Raw by defeating Mark Henry.[35] The Nexus continued to feud with Cena and the Raw roster, resulting in a seven-on-seven elimination tag team match at SummerSlam. Barrett was the final member of the Nexus but submitted to Cena, causing the Nexus to lose the match.[36] After Young was exiled from the group for losing a match to Cena the night after SummerSlam and Skip Sheffield was injured at a live event in Hawaii two nights later, the Nexus faced Cena, Edge, Randy Orton, Sheamus and Jericho in a five-on-five elimination match on the 30 August 2010 edition of Raw, which Barrett won by pinning Orton.[37]

Barrett leading The Nexus in November 2010

Barrett received his guaranteed championship match from winning NXT at Night of Champions, where he was unsuccessful in a six-pack challenge match for the WWE Championship, despite eliminating Cena.[38] The feud between Cena and the Nexus continued at Hell in a Cell on 3 October, when Barrett defeated Cena to force Cena to become a member of the Nexus.[39] The following night on Raw, Barrett, with the help of the rest of the Nexus, won a battle royal to determine the number one contender to the WWE Championship, when Cena eliminated himself on Barrett's orders.[40] Barrett received his championship match against Randy Orton at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view. After ordering Cena to help him win, Cena interfered in the match causing Barrett to win via disqualification, which meant that Orton retained the championship.[41] The following night, Barrett was granted a rematch at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, and allowed to choose a guest referee. He chose Cena, stating that if Barrett won the match and the WWE title, Cena would be allowed to leave the Nexus; however if Barrett failed to win the title, Cena would be fired.[42] At Survivor Series, Barrett was unsuccessful in winning the WWE Championship from Orton after Cena pushed him into an RKO by Orton.[43] Cena was fired as per the match stipulation after Survivor Series. Due to Cena's interference, Barrett received a rematch for the championship the following night on Raw, but was attacked by the fired Cena, costing him the match, although it wouldn't matter, as The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and won the WWE Championship.[44] After Cena attacked several members of the Nexus over the next few weeks, they demanded that Barrett re-instate him, or be exiled from the group.[45] On the 13 December 2010 edition of Raw, Barrett agreed and rehired Cena[46] on the condition Cena faces Barrett in a Chairs match at the TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view, which Cena won after dropping 23 steel chairs on Barrett.[47] Barrett made his first appearance since the TLC pay-per-view on 3 January 2011 edition of Raw, where he confronted CM Punk, who had taken over the leadership of the Nexus in his absence. Punk gave Barrett the opportunity to regain the leadership, stating that if he won a three-way steel cage match involving Orton and Sheamus to determine the number one contender for The Miz's WWE Championship, Punk would not only give up the leadership, but work for Barrett's Nexus. However, during the match, Punk came down to ringside, attacked Barrett as he was about to win and took off Barrett's Nexus armband, symbolically removing him from the Nexus, resulting in Barrett losing the match.[48] At the television tapings of the 10 January 2011 edition of SmackDown the next day, Barrett made his first SmackDown appearance since 1 October, this time by attacking Big Show.[49] The following week, he was joined by Ezekiel Jackson and his former Nexus stablemates Gabriel and Slater, who had left the group the previous Monday for [50][51] and the group named themselves The Corre.[52] Barrett later qualified for the Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship, but came up short after being the first man eliminated by Big Show.[53] At the television tapings of the 25 March 2011 edition of SmackDown, Barrett defeated Kofi Kingston to win the Intercontinental Championship.[54][55][56] At WrestleMania XXVII, The Corre were defeated in an eight-man tag team match by the team of Kingston, Big Show, Kane and Santino Marella.[57] Barrett went on to successfully defend his championship against Kingston on the 22 April 2011 edition of SmackDown.[58] On the 6 May 2011 edition of SmackDown, Barrett, Gabriel and Slater attacked Jackson, removing him from the group.[59] On the 13 May 2011 edition of SmackDown, Barrett then challenged Jackson to a match for the Intercontinental Championship at the Over the Limit pay-per-view and Jackson accepted. At the event, Gabriel and Slater attacked Jackson during the match, resulting in a disqualification, but Barrett retained the title as a title cannot change hands via disqualification.[60][61] He then defended his Intercontinental title against Jackson again on the 3 June 2011 edition of SmackDown. During this match, Jackson threw Barrett out of the ring, resulting in a countout, but once again, Barrett retained the title as a title cannot change hands via countout. Barrett then instructed The Corre to attack Jackson, but abandoned Gabriel and Slater, whom Jackson fended off.[62] The following week, The Corre dissolved after Barrett, fleeing from Jackson, walked out on Gabriel and Slater in a six-man tag team match against Jackson and The Usos, causing them to lose the match.[63] At Capitol Punishment, Barrett lost the Intercontinental Championship to Jackson,[64] and failed to win his rematch for the title on 24 June episode of SmackDown.[65] On 1 July episode of SmackDown, Barrett was announced to be one of the participants for the SmackDown Money in the Bank match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, facing Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Sin Cara, Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Sheamus. The match was won by Daniel Bryan,[66] sparking a rivalry between the two. At SummerSlam, Barrett defeated Bryan in a singles match.[67] He then had a short feud with Sheamus, where he lost on three occasions.[68]

The Barrett Barrage (2011–2013)

Barrett addresses the fans

On 21 October episode of SmackDown, Barrett dismissed his past alliances as a "legion of parasites" and claimed that the only person he needed for success was himself. He vowed that the "Barrett Barrage" was only just beginning. Barrett followed this announcement by beating Daniel Bryan.[69] The next week, he began a winning streak, defeating John Morrison, Trent Barreta, Sheamus, and Randy Orton in singles competition.[70] In November, he began feuding with Orton, and both were announced as opposing team captains for Survivor Series. Barrett's winning streak was broken on 14 November episode of Raw, when he was defeated by Orton via disqualification after Team Barrett attacked Orton. Team Barrett defeated Team Orton at Survivor Series, with Barrett and Cody Rhodes being the sole survivors of the match.[71] On 25 November episode of SmackDown, Barrett competed in a fatal four-way match against Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Daniel Bryan to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Bryan won.[72] Barrett continued his feud with Orton by attacking and distracting him during matches.[73] On 9 December episode of SmackDown, Barrett and Orton were put into two Beat the Clock matches, with the winner choosing the stipulation for their match at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs. Barrett defeated Ezekiel Jackson in 7:53, but Orton beat Dolph Ziggler in 7:51 and chose a Table match.[74] At TLC, Orton defeated Barrett after hitting the RKO in mid-air, with Barrett landing through the table.[75] On 23 December episode of SmackDown, they brawled backstage, ending when Orton hit Barrett with the RKO onto a car.[76] This led to a Falls Count Anywhere match the next week, where Barrett pushed Orton down a set of stairs before exiting through the door.[77] Orton suffered a herniated disc as a result, taking him off television for a number of weeks.[78] After Orton returned from injury in late January 2012, he eliminated Barrett from the 2012 Royal Rumble match.[79] On edition of 3 February of SmackDown, Orton defeated Barrett in a No Disqualifications match to end the feud.[80] At Elimination Chamber, Barrett failed to capture the World Heavyweight Championship after being eliminated by Santino Marella.[81] The following night on Raw, Barrett suffered a partially dislocated elbow after Big Show threw Dolph Ziggler at him during a battle royal, and was taken off television.[82][83]

In August 2012, WWE aired vignettes promoting Barrett's return, showing Barrett fighting at an underground fight club in an attempt to "reignite the flame".[84] Barrett, with an entirely new look, made his return on 7 September SmackDown, defeating Yoshi Tatsu.[85] He then went on a winning streak, defeating wrestlers including Justin Gabriel, Tyson Kidd, and Zack Ryder, among others.[86][87][88][89] His first loss came on 8 October Raw, when he lost a non-title match to World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus via disqualification after Big Show interfered.[90] Barrett suffered his first pinfall loss on 19 October episode of SmackDown, in a Lumberjack match against Sheamus.[91] At Survivor Series, Barrett was part of the winning team of Dolph Ziggler against the team of Mick Foley, where he eliminated Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston before being eliminated by The Miz.[92] The following night on Raw, Barrett defeated Kingston in a non-title match to earn a match for the Intercontinental Championship.[93] Barrett, still number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship, received a shot at the United States Championship on 3 December Raw, against champion Antonio Cesaro, Kofi Kingston, and R-Truth in a fatal four-way match, but was unsuccessful.[94] Barrett failed to win the Intercontinental Championship from Kingston at the TLC pay-per-view.[95] Two weeks later, on 31 December Raw, Barrett defeated Kingston to win the Intercontinental Championship for the second time in his career.[96] Barrett made his first successful title defense four days later on SmackDown, defeating Kingston in a rematch.[97] Barrett entered the 2013 Royal Rumble match and was eliminated by the debuting Bo Dallas, but Barrett later returned to eliminate Dallas as well.[98] This started a feud between the duo, with Barrett challenging Dallas to a non-title match the next night on Raw, and Dallas pulling off an upset victory.[99] During the month of February, Barrett and Dallas continued to feud with the two attacking each other backstage.[100][101] On 21 March taping of NXT, Wade Barrett defeated Bo Dallas for another successful title defense.[102] During the WrestleMania 29 pre-show, Barrett lost the Intercontinental Championship to The Miz,[103] however, he would regain the title in a rematch the following night on Raw.[104] On 20 May Raw, Barrett and Fandango were defeated by Chris Jericho and The Miz in a tag team match after Fandango left the match to dance at ringside and Miz submitted Barrett with the Figure-Four Leglock.[105] Barrett then lost an Intercontinental Championship match to The Miz by disqualification, after Fandango interfered, leading to Barrett attacking both Miz and Fandango post-match.[106] On the next episode of Raw, Barrett was defeated by Fandango in a non-title match after The Miz, who was special guest referee, gave Barrett a Skull Crushing Finale.[107] In June, Fandango suffered a legitimate concussion, removing him from the feud between Barrett and Miz.[108][109] At Payback, Barrett lost the Intercontinental Championship to Curtis Axel in a Triple Threat match, also involving The Miz.[110] Barrett received his rematch for the title on the following episode of SmackDown, but was again defeated by Axel.[111]

On 14 July at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Barrett competed in the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match, but was unsuccessful as the match was ultimately won by Damien Sandow.[112] Barrett finally ended his long losing streak on 31 July Main Event, when he defeated R-Truth.[113] On 5 August Raw, Barrett was to shave Daniel Bryan's beard at the orders of Vince McMahon as part of Bryan's "corporate makeover", but Bryan attacked and shaved Barrett instead.[114] That same week on SmackDown, Barrett lost to Bryan,[115] but on the next Raw, Barrett defeated Bryan after special guest referee Brad Maddox made a fast count on Bryan.[116] Four days later on SmackDown, Barrett was again defeated by Bryan in a no disqualification match.[117]

Bad News Barrett (2013–2015)

Barrett was frequently involved in Intercontinental Championship matches in 2013 and 2014

After an absence from WWE television due to legitimate work visa issues,[118] he returned on 2 December episode of Raw as Bad News Barrett, a persona he had previously assumed on The JBL and Cole Show, but was still called Wade on occasion by commentators and backstage interviewers.[119] He made his in-ring return on 7 April Raw, defeating Rey Mysterio in Mysterio's last WWE appearance. On 14 April episode of Raw, Barrett defeated Dolph Ziggler in round one of the #1 Contender's Tournament for an Intercontinental Championship match at Extreme Rules and on 21 April Raw, Barrett defeated Sheamus to advance to the finals of the tournament. He defeated Rob Van Dam on 28 April Raw in the final round of the tournament, earning a match at Extreme Rules for the Intercontinental Championship against Big E. At Extreme Rules, he became the Intercontinental Champion for the fourth time in his career when he defeated Big E. He then defeated Van Dam at Payback to retain his Intercontinental Championship. On 9 June Raw, he competed in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship qualifying match for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, but failed after a Brogue Kick by Sheamus. However, Triple H put him in the Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship contract on 23 June Raw. The following night at the SmackDown tapings, Barrett separated his shoulder after he was thrown into the barricade by Jack Swagger, so he was pulled from the pay-per-view.[120] Barrett's injury required surgery, ruling him out for months, thus WWE made the move to vacate the Intercontinental Championship on 30 June.[121]

Barrett returned onscreen in November at the pre-show of Survivor Series.[122] Barrett turned face when he stuck up for the fans and defeated Cesaro on 29 December 2014 episode of Raw.[123] On 5 January 2015 episode of Raw, Barrett was pinned during an Intercontinental Championship match against champion Dolph Ziggler, then attacked Ziggler after the pinfall turning heel again. After The Authority's Kane revealed the match as 2-out-of-3 falls, Barrett captured his fifth Intercontinental Championship with Kane's interference signifying his heel turn.[124] At Fastlane, Barrett retained his title against Dean Ambrose after Ambrose got himself disqualified. Ambrose then stole the Intercontinental title,[125] but he would not be the only one to do so for the following weeks, as various wrestlers gained possession of Barrett's title belt, including R-Truth, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, and Stardust.[126] Of these people, Barrett was pinned in non-title matches against R-Truth, Ziggler, Bryan, and Ambrose within a month before and after Fastlane.[127] Thus, a ladder match for the Intercontinental Title was made for WrestleMania 31, with Barrett defending against Ambrose, Harper, R-Truth, Ziggler, Stardust, and Bryan, who ultimately won the match.[128] Barrett was scheduled to face Bryan for the championship in a rematch at Extreme Rules, however Bryan was not medically cleared to compete. Barrett instead faced Neville in a losing effort on the pre-show.[129]

King Barrett (2015–present)

On the 28 April 2015 episode of Raw, Barrett would compete in the 2015 King of the Ring tournament, where he defeated Dolph Ziggler in the first round.[130] The following night on the WWE Network, Barrett would defeat R-Truth in the semi-finals before defeating fellow Englishman Neville in the final to become the twentieth winner of the tournament. Under the moniker, King Barrett, he would go on to deliberately get himself counted-out to Neville at Payback. King Barrett participated in the Elimination Chamber match for the vacant Intercontinental Championship, but was the first eliminated by R-Truth. At the Money in the Bank pre-show, Barrett lost to Truth. After his victory, Truth began referring to himself as "King What's up" and wore a cape and crown to mock King Barrett. The renewed feud accumulated to Battleground, which saw Barrett defeat Truth. Had Truth won, Barrett would have had to give up his status as "King," ending their feud as a result. Barrett then formed a partnership named "The Lords of Darkness" with Stardust,[131] leading to a tag team match at SummerSlam, where they were defeated by Neville and actor Stephen Amell, when Neville pinned Barrett for the win.[132] The night after SummerSlam, Stardust turned on Barrett for costing him the match, this disbanding their tag team.[131] In September 2015, Barrett took time off to flim the WWE Studios-Richwater Films action-thriller film titled Eliminators. On the 28 September 2015 edition of Raw, Barrett returned to television attacking Neville and Stardust, the latter of which Barrett explained was his intended target when he joined the Raw commentary team on the 5 October 2015 edition of Raw during Neville's match with Sheamus, inadvertently distracting Neville long enough for Sheamus to connect with the Brogue Kick for the win. He then formed a tag team with Sheamus and they defeated Neville and Cesaro in tag team matches both on Raw and SmackDown.

Acting career

Barrett had a small role in the 2013 crime-thriller film Dead Man Down,[133] for which he was required to use a New York accent.[134] In April 2015, it was announced that he would star as "Europe's most dangerous assassin" in a WWE Studios-Richwater Films action-thriller film titled Eliminators alongside Scott Adkins.[135]

Personal life

Bennett has three tattoos: barbed wire on his left deltoid,[136] which he later expanded to cover the entire deltoid,[137] a tribal design directly underneath the first tattoo,[136] and a rose on his right deltoid with the words "Culture, Alienation, Boredom, & Despair" (a line from the Manic Street Preachers song "Little Baby Nothing").[138]

Bennett is a supporter of English football club Preston North End,[8] and American football team Chicago Bears.[9] He plays the guitar in his spare time,[9] and enjoys reading the works of Hunter S. Thompson.[9] His favourite bands include Guns N' Roses, Manic Street Preachers, The Beatles, The Jam, Oasis, The Smiths, Stereophonics, and The Stone Roses.[9]

On 15 June 2008, Bennett was arrested in Tampa, Florida, and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer (a felony) and obstructing an officer (a misdemeanor).[1][6] The arrest took place outside of Champps Restaurant and Bar at 2am.[139] He was released the next day.[139] According to FCW sources, all charges were subsequently dropped by police. The officer that Bennett obstructed was not wearing a uniform and Bennett later stated that, had he known the man was part of law enforcement, he would not have obstructed him.

In November 2014, Bennett received a U.S. green card, which entitles him to unconditional permanent residency in the United States of America for the next 10 years.[140]

Bennett previously dated fellow wrestler Alicia Fox.[141][142]



Year Title Role Note
2013 Dead Man Down Kilroy Film debut
2016 Eliminators Bishop Post-production[143]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Total Divas Himself Guest star


Year Title Role
2013–2015 The JBL and Cole Show Himself
2015 Swerved Himself, 1 episode

In wrestling

Barrett preparing to perform the Wasteland on Randy Orton
Barrett performing a Bull Hammer on Daniel Bryan
  • Nicknames
    • "The Bare Knuckle Brawler/Champion"[168]
    • "The Cosmic King"[131]
    • "His Majesty"[169]
    • "The Bloody King"[170]
    • "The King of Bad News"[171]
  • Entrance themes
    • "We Are One" by 12 Stones[172] (7 June 2010–3 January 2011; used while a part of The Nexus)
    • "End of Days" by Jim Johnston (14 January 2011–27 January 2012)[173]
    • "Just Don't Care Anymore" by American Fangs[174] (29 January 2012–15 May 2013)
    • "Rebel Son" by CFO$[175] (20 May 2013–present)

Championships and accomplishments

Barrett is a five-time Intercontinental Champion
  • Dropkixx
    • Dropkixx IWC European Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]


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  12. ^ Wade Barrett interview. BBC Radio Merseyside. 7 November 2011. "When I was a little younger I used to fight for money in Liverpool and various places across Europe."
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