Stu Bennett, formerly known as Wade Barrett, hasn't closed the door on an in-ring return.
The former WWE Intercontinental Champion spoke on the 411 Wrestling Interviews Podcast to discuss a wide range of topics. The conversation then turned to him talking about whether or not he will return to the ring in a physical role. Bennett admitted that leaving the wrestling world as a wrestler on a sour note is not something he wants to have and so he believes there is a chance he could return at some point.
“I am still involved in the wrestling world. I’ve been doing a lot of commentary since I left WWE. I’m currently commentating with NWA. I think they’re doing outstanding stuff, especially on the budget they’re on. I’m very happy working there. I do see myself in some capacity being back in the ring at some point. I think I left the in-ring world of pro wrestling with a sour taste in my mouth, and I would hate for that to be my swan song, or my goodbye. So certainly, I see myself being back involved. Where or when that will be, that’s still to be decided," Bennett said.
Now, if an in-ring return is possible, what does that mean for a full-time return? Bennett also answered this and said that he doesn't foresee himself being a full-time wrestler again, saying that there was no balance between work and life. Ever since Bennett had his last match in 2016, Bennett has appeared on a number of promotions in a non-wrestling role, including working as a commentator with the NWA.
“I don’t currently foresee myself going back as a full-time professional wrestler ever again because I’ve done that. I was completely burned out by the time by the end of it, and I had no life balance. I had no time for family or relationships or outside interests or anything like that. I feel like my life is a lot more enriched since I left, and I have various things going on with myself, more time to spend with my girlfriend, more time to travel, and do all those kinds of things. But certainly, I’m not shutting the door on being back in the wrestling ring in any capacity," Bennett said.
The full podcast can be listened to at this link.