WWE commentator Wade Barrett has commented on the possibility of an in-ring return.
Barrett last wrestled on the April 4, 2016 edition of WWE Raw, teaming with Sheamus to face off against Kofi Kingston & Big E.
The 2015 King of the Ring winner left WWE shortly after this bout, but returned as a commentator in August 2020.
Speaking with the Daily Star, Barrett noted that he doesn’t expect to ever make a full-time return to the ring, but notes that he wouldn’t rule out a part-time comeback.
Focusing on his commentary role, Barrett said:
“I’m not ruling it out – maybe one day it will happen.
“I’d be surprised if I ever got to a point where I wanted to do it full time like a Sheamus or a Drew is still doing it.
“But on a part-time basis or a spot match, if the storyline made sense, it’s not something I’d rule out.
“In terms of my future within the industry, I 100% see it in commentary.”
Barrett named Austin Theory as a potential opponent for a return match, noting:
“There are so many youngsters coming through right now that I’ve been really impressed with.
“I’m going to cherry pick one that I worked with a bit in NXT. He’s young, up and coming and I think he’s got a huge future, and that’s Austin Theory.
“That guy’s ceiling is as high as any (in) this young pack of Superstars coming through right now.
“I think Theory probably has another 15-20 years at the top if he wants it and can keep going, and stay fit and healthy.
“In terms of his personality, his confidence on the mic, his smarts behind the scenes and of course his athletic ability, he’s a guy who could really go to the top.
“That’s the kind of person I would certainly be looking at if it was to be a youngster I’d step in the ring with.”
Theory is currently the WWE US Champion, and most recently defended the gold on TV against Edge on the February 20 edition of WWE Raw.
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