Bad News Barrett Talks About His Character, Possibly Winning The WWE IC Title, NXT, More

Ring Rust Radio's Donald Wood, Mike Chiari and Brandon Galvin recently spoke with Bad News Barrett before Monday's RAW match with Rob Van Dam. The full interview is at this link. Here are some highlights.

Donald Wood: The Intercontinental Championship tournament culminates with a title match at Extreme Rules. After so many months away from the ring, how would it feel to capture the gold at a pay-per-view of this magnitude?

Bad News Barrett: You know it's always good to be on a pay-per view in WWE, that's never a given. So first of all, you have to work your way on to a pay-per view, then to be put into a title match is pretty cool, especially after how long I've been out of the ring, I think it was back in November I disappeared off TV for a while then came back and just started talking. Hopefully, fingers crossed, I'll beat RVD tonight at Raw then go on to take on Big E at Extreme Rules, so that's what I'm hoping for.

Mike Chiari: You've already been Intercontinental Champion on three occasions, but now that the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships are unified and there are less titles for the Superstars to vie for, do you feel like winning the IC title this time around would mean more in terms of maybe being a launching pad to the main event scene for you?

Bad News Barrett: I think any time there's more focus on a particular title, the better it is for the title holder. I think with the reduction in the number of titles and now with the combined World and WWE Championship titles, I think it definitely puts a lot more emphasis on the Intercontinental Championship. Also, considering the fact that The Shield have had the U.S title with Dean Ambrose carrying that for a while and hasn't been defending it at all. I can't remember the last time he defended it. I think about six months or so since he last defended it, so I think that puts even more emphasis on the intercontinental title as the main secondary title in WWE. So definitely, I'd like to get my hands on it and pick up that IC title once again.

Brandon Galvin: The tournament to become the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship has been well received by fans. What are your feelings of tournaments in professional wrestling and would you like to see the King of the Ring tournament make a return to WWE?

Bad News Barrett: Personally, I love tournaments and I think American sports in general have that sort of playoff format for championships where you need to beat a team to get to the next round and obviously World Cup Soccer is set up that way too, so for me tournaments are great. It gives the fans a reason to be invested in something, it's not just a series of cold matches, and I think with each match having something at stake is the key. It drives fans' interest in the matches that we're putting on and it certainly means something when someone can get to a final with the champion because you have to work pretty hard to get there. So hopefully that means fans are more invested in it, and I think it provides some good entertainment. And to what you said about the King of the Ring, I was a big fan of that when I was younger, so if that comes back, I'd be very happy about that.

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