Former WWE star and World of Sport Wrestling Executive Wade Barrett, real name Stu Bennett, recently spoke with The Mirror on the debut of WOS Wrestling on ITV, and below are some interview highlights.
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On the new WOS Wrestling roster and ITV show:
To tell you the truth it’s absolutely huge because British wrestling hasn’t been in the mainstream since the days of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks which were 30 to 35 years ago. When I was coming through as a professional wrestler, as a young man in 2003 and 2004, there really wasn’t much of a wrestling scene in the UK to take advantage of or make a living in, so I was forced to have to go to the US and kinda make a living from it out there. But these days, with the platform that is offered now through ITV and WOS, it’s different.
Hopefully this is going to be a big hit on TV, I believe it’s going to be a great product and people are really going to get into it but on top of that the quality of wrestlers in the UK these days is as high as it’s ever been. There’s some amazing talent out there and we’ve put together a great roster at WOS and I think people are going to be very excited to watch them.
On which WOS Wrestling talents have impressed him:
Absolutely! There’s a few big names on there, we’ve got a guy called Will Ospreay who’s made a massive name for himself in Japan and amongst other areas and you just need to watch him for 10 seconds to realise this guy is a once in a generation type talent. He has the aerial skills that I didn’t even think that were possible for human beings to move the way he moves. He’s like a stunt man and an acrobat in one and combined with on top of all that, his in-ring skills are incredible. If you like flashy, spectacular style wrestlers, he is your man, I promise you there’s nobody better on the planet than him.
On top of that there’s another guy called Rampage, who I’m a huge fan of. I’ve known him for about 15 years and he’s just the meanest, nastiest wrestler that I’ve ever come across in my years inside the wrestling ring. So personally as a career villain in the wrestling world, I kinda admire the bad guys more than the fan favourites so, he’s one of my favourites. I know kids are going to love a guy called Grado, he’s more of a comedian style wrestler, he’s kind of a thorn in my side to be honest with you, but I know the kids will love him and he’s a great family style wrestler.
On if he will wrestle for the company:
Ha ha, you just want to see me get beat up some more, I get it. So my deal is, I’m on a bit of a career sabbatical at the moment. I wrestled for 14 or 15 years. I’ve got a bunch of injuries, I’m tired, I’m getting old, I’m getting some grey hair now. I promise you Morgan that at some point I will be back in the ring and maybe that will take place in WOS. We’ll have to see.