Ahead of the new season of Ultimate Beastmaster on Netflix, which he co-hosts along with CM Punk and others, former WWE Superstar Wade “Bad News” Barrett spoke with the folks from TV Insider for an interview to promote the series. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On Batista and The Rock making the move from WWE to Hollywood: “Somebody from [The Rock’s] background similar to mine coming from the pro wrestling world … You look at the success he has had going from the wrestling world into the acting world. He has kicked down a ton of doors for pro wrestlers. Those in the industry are taking it a bit more serious now because of what he has done and other guys like [Dave] Bautista. Once upon a time it was ridiculous to perceive an ex-pro wrestler being in the acting world.”
On being the U.K. host on Ultimate Beastmaster and working with CM Punk on camera: “You imagine Ninja Warrior being the obstacle course challenge show. Now imagine it with a few extra bells and whistles. They have me come in and host the British team. I enjoyed that. The cool thing about it is also CM Punk being one of the U.S. hosts. You get to see us interact on camera again. It was good to see him. I haven’t seen him in a few years. He is doing great for himself and seems to be enjoying his life away from WWE. I was happy to reconnect with him and see what he is doing.”
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On working his way up the ladder in WWE: “When I was in WWE I went from being a complete nobody to a main event guy in 2010. I was battling all the top stars like John Cena and Randy Orton. People asked me then if I felt the pressure of being in the top spot. Did I feel the pressure of everyone watching what I was doing? The true answer is no. The pressure I felt in my wrestling career was when I was the guy who wasn’t known and had to try and build a name for myself and build a career for myself.”
Check out the complete Wade Barrett interview at TVInsider.com.