"Even Stronger" podcast had an interesting guest. Wade Barrett was open, honest, and touched on many topics from the wrestling scene. In one part of the conversation, Barrett commented on the Nexus faction and the dominance they've had over the years.
WWE executives realized at one point that it was necessary to change things and give a chance to new talents. It turned out to be a good move. Wade Barrett was one of the wrestlers who profited the most from such changes. “I think there was probably an era from about 2002 until about 09-2010 where I think the show got stale because it was the same seven or eight top guys at the time who had been running the show for the duration of that.
So I think the company was starting to realise, ‘Look, some of these guys that we’ve had holding this down for years now, they’re starting to get aged out. We really, really need fresh stars because the next 10 years are not looking good unless we start building them now.’ So I was kind of lucky that I was along that wave.
Sheamus is another one who separately came up around that time, Drew McIntyre. We all got hired on the same day. We’re pretty close. So I contrast and compare myself with those two regularly but we got caught up in this wave of ‘Look we need new talent.
We need new guys. We need fresh stars.’ So I was fortunate that my rise through the developmental ranks came at that time, which meant the company was actively looking for new stars. ”- he said, as quoted by pwmania.com!
Barrett has many fond memories from that time that he will never forget. During the conversation, Wade recalled many things, and it is obvious that he missed that period. It was in those moments that he experienced the biggest changes in his life and started in a completely different direction.
“Nexus for all of us who were in the group was just a mind-blowing experience. It’s something that even though I think it died prematurely, it’s something that people still want to talk to me about this day.
It probably only lasted six months really Nexus but people still to this day want to talk about the time we ripped up the ring, the time we attacked John Cena. The time we beat up Vince McMahon and ran the company. Really exciting times.
It completely changed the trajectory of my life. To have a massive impact on your debut like that. You can’t really ask for too much more as a young and coming star and I hope that helped show the company ‘Hey, there’s a way forward here to debut dominant young groups of stars,’ which we saw with the Shield a few years later. They knocked it out of the park so maybe we were the catalyst for some of that”.