At Roadblock on March 12, 2016, Wade Barrett and Sheamus took on New Day's Big E and Kofi Kingston for the WWE Tag Team Championship but were defeated. The League of Nations (Sheamus, Del Rio and Rusev), with Barrett in the role of manager, nevertheless triumphed over the New Day in an untitled Six-man Tag Team match on April 3 at WrestleMania 32.
In the next episode of Raw on 4 But in April, Sheamus and Barrett were defeated by New Day's Big E and Kingston in a titled match. Following this defeat, Sheamus accused Barrett of being the "weak element" of the stable and, with the help of Rusev and Del Rio, hit the Englishman with a Brogue Kick, thus sanctioning the latter's exit.
from the stable. On May 6 he does not renew his contract with WWE and is released. Barrett spoke with BT Sport for a new interview and when asked about whether his career is done in the ring, he explained why he doesn’t feel like he’s completely done yet.
Wade Barrett on whether his in-ring career is officially done
“Hey, we’re pro wrestlers; it’s never done. That’s the truth. There’s definitely some left in the tank; I didn’t want to be someone who retired because I had to retire, or retire because I wasn’t able to do it anymore and I was embarrassing myself or anything like that.
Similarly, I was burned out when I left. So there’s definitely a lot left in the tank. I’m only 40 years old. Forty sounds quite old in the sporting world, but in the world of sports entertainment it’s clearly not.
And I think you only need to look at people like The Hurt Business at the moment. I think all of those guys are older than me and they’re doing, all three of them are doing some of the best work of their career right now.
And Sheamus is older than me, there are guys who are on the main stage of their shows right now who are doing some of the best work of their career [and] who are older than me. So I feel like if I want to, or the time is right, or the opportunity that excites me comes up, then I’m close to being ready to go" - Wade Barrett said.
“I’m not in in-ring shape at the moment. I’m in good shape, but to be in in-ring shape I will probably need three months of knocking out that ring rust before I step back in the ring. But currently I will say my focus is purely on the announcing booth and doing that in NXT" - he added.