Wade Barrett made his return to NXT after many years. However, he signed on as a commentator instead of an active in-ring competitor.
Barrett spoke to Digital Spy, where he talked about making an in-ring return. He said that if he did come back to the ring he would be “chasing the sunset” of his active career. He was unable to win the WWE Championship during his previous stint in WWE, so he would like to accomplish that. If he receives that opportunity, then he could be returning to the ring.
In truth if I was to come back as a full-time in-ring guy, I really would be chasing the sunset of my career. I don’t think there’s that many more years left in me. So the question is, what would I want to achieve?
The only thing I didn’t achieve in WWE that I always wanted to achieve was to become the WWE Champion, and that title is now held by an old friend of mine, Drew McIntyre. So taking him on for that title is something that certainly might tempt me back for a match or two.”