WWE fans were buzzing with excitement as former superstar Wade Barrett made a triumphant return to the squared circle after a staggering 488-day absence from a major show. Barrett, who had taken a hiatus from wrestling following his release from the WWE in May 2016, marked his return in 2020 as a commentator for the company's developmental brand, NXT.
His presence on the main roster was solidified on October 6, 2022, when he joined forces with Michael Cole as a commentator on SmackDown. However, it was Barrett's unexpected return to NXT's commentary team at Vengeance Day 2024 that truly stole the spotlight.
This marked his first appearance on the white-and-gold brand in 489 days, with his last appearance dating back to October 4, 2022.
Wade Barrett's NXT Return Reaction
Taking to Twitter after the electrifying event, Barrett expressed his awe at the future of World Wrestling Entertainment.
He marveled at the elevated standards within the industry and how numerous talents shone brightly during Vengeance Day. Wade Barrett went on to express his sheer delight at returning to the NXT family, describing it as "simply the most fun place that exists in our entire industry." He further emphasized the unbeatable culture that surrounds NXT, even humorously acknowledging his commentary partner, Vic Joseph, for behaving admirably during their jousting sessions, hinting at future collaborations.
Before the event, WWE legend Booker T took to social media to inform fans that he wouldn't be present at NXT Vengeance Day due to a medical procedure. Despite his temporary absence, Booker T reassured everyone that he was in good health and expressed his gratitude for the unwavering support of his fans.
He promised to return to action on WWE NXT in no time, leaving fans eagerly awaiting his comeback. With Booker T temporarily stepping away from the scene, fans can now look forward to Wade Barrett taking his place on upcoming episodes of NXT.
The anticipation is palpable as Barrett's return continues to be a significant talking point within the WWE universe. As the future unfolds, it is evident that the wrestling world is in for more exciting twists and turns with these iconic figures at the helm.