Professional wrestler and habitual doomsayer Wade Barrett recently visited the Nashville headquarters of Total Non-Stop Action (TNA) Wrestling to deliver a grim prognosis for 2014.
“I have some bad news for you,” Barrett, who has become known as Bad News Barrett, told TNA President Dixie Carter.
Barrett then spent the next 15 minutes delivering a brutally honest series of predictions about what the next year will hold for TNA, which has faced continually dwindling relevance on the professional wrestling landscape.
Barrett did not candy-coat his address to TNA brass, using phrases like “squashed into irrelevance by the McMahon monopoly” and “the long-lasting deleterious effects of the Hogan-Bischoff era” and “the chronic misuse of Samoa Joe.”
Barrett said his “bitter medicine was tough to swallow” for TNA executives, but insisted that it needed to be heard.
Dixie Carter later reported that while she appreciated Barrett’s frankness and constructive criticism, she also said “he didn’t have to be such a dick about it.”