Bad News Barrett Reveals Where His Gimmick Came From, His Catch Phrase Working, His Thoughts On His Theme Song, & More

Chris Van Vliet from CBS-19 from Cleveland, Ohio interviewed Bad News Barrett this morning as WWE will be filming Raw there tonight. He hits on a variety of topics including NXT Season 1 stars having success in WWE. you can see an excerpt from some of the questions below:

Where his gimmick came from:

It actually came from a joke. Cody Rhodes likes to tell a story that when he was a little kid he used to watch me wrestle. I’m
slightly older than Cody, we’re talking three years or something like that, but in his head I’m a really old man. I once walked into the locker room and he was telling the entire locker room that when he was a kid he was watching me wrestling as this character he made up named “Bad News Barrett” who goes around giving out bad news to people. So we all laughed about it and forgot about it. Then I was invited on the JBL and Cole show and they said they wanted to use me on the show and asked if I had any ideas of what to do. So I said you know what, let’s just do Bad News Barrett. I’ll just turn up and give people bad news and then disappear. I got a really good response online and fans were loving the catch phrase “I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news” and Vince McMahon saw it and thought it was the funniest thing he had ever seen. Next thing you know I’m on TV doing it.

On his catch phrase working against him:

It’s kind of a blessing and a curse that I have this catch phrase because people like to use it against me. England just lost in the World Cup the other night and believe me my Twitter exploded with people giving me the bad news of England losing to Italy.

If he thinks he can win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with the Bad News Barrett gimmick:

I’ve always said that I want to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The Intercontinental Championship is nice and this is my fourth time having it but as far as I’m concerned, I’m ready to take a step up and become the man in the WWE. That’s where I want to get to and if Bad News Barrett is the vehicle that gets me there then great, but if not I’ll keep plugging away and one day I’ll be Britain’s first WWE World Heavyweight Champion… a certain part of it isn’t up to me and I’ve got to rely on certain people making certain decisions so hopefully that works out in my favor.

On his ever changing theme songs:

Honestly I’m settled on one now. This is finally the one I really, really like. I loved the original Nexus one but as soon as we split up that went away and I had a succession of pretty average theme songs for a little while until I got the current one. And the current one actually has the bonus of a little bit of vocal work from myself which is really just me shouting “boom” over and over again. But as far as I’m concerned I’m a vocalist as well as a wrestler now (laughs).

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  • Dave Barton

    Happy for Barrett. At first I didn’t like the Bad News gimmick, but its certainly grown on me.

  • jdl

    The Bad News Barret gimmick was so ridiculous at first, one of the worst gimmicks that has come out of the WWE in years, but somewhere along the line things changed. Probably at the Rumble. Now Barret is pretty much the best gimmick character going in the WWE, and it’s because he took advice from those who came before him and just embraced the gimmick. Sometimes the dumbest gimmicks get over because the wrestler behind embraced it and found a way to make it work. BNB is a great example of it, and I hope he finally lives up to his potential.

    • Dave Barton

      “Sometimes the dumbest gimmicks get over because the wrestler behind embraced it and found a way to make it work.”

      …like a zombie who moves slow & feels no pain, but then goes on an unprecedented 21 straight victories at WM? Damn straight.