In a shocking bit of news from the wrestling world, it appears that King Barrett will end his run with the WWE this summer, according to a report from Pro Wrestling Sheet. King Barrett, who also performed under the names Wade Barrett and Bad News Barrett, has never fully reached his potential in WWE, and will not be re-signing with the company when his contract expires in June. The report states that Barrett no longer enjoys his role in the company, which can be interpreted any number of ways.
As it stands now, King Barrett is a member of the League of Nations, a heel stable along with Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, and Rusev. Barrett is suffering from a nerve injury in his neck, preventing him from competing in matches, and appearing with his faction inconsistently in the last several weeks. Ever since Sheamus dropped the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Roman Reigns in December, Barrett and the League of Nations has been mired in anonymity. Del Rio is the only member advertised for a match at WWE Fastlane, as he’s set to take on Kalisto for the United States Championship.
The nerve injury to King Barrett is just the latest in a long line of unfortunate setbacks for the former bare-knuckle boxer. Injuries prevented the Englishman from a main-event push, though he worked in plenty of high-profile angles since joining the main roster in 2010. Barrett memorably debuted as the leader of the Nexus after winning the first season of NXT. The Nexus attack during a John Cena-CM Punk RAW main event immediately vaulted the rookies into the spotlight, and provided one of the most shocking endings to WWE’s flagship show ever.