Cody Rhodes has something of a reputation as a backstage joker according to a WWE broadcaster who recently made the move to Friday Night SmackDown.
Wade Barrett burst onto the WWE scene as the leader of the Nexus after he won the inaugural season of NXT when it was a reality-style show. Over the years the English star found success as a five-time Intercontinental Champion. Many fans remember his run as Bad News Barrett fondly when he’d interrupt the show with his bad news.
Speaking on the Out of Character podcast Wade Barrett explained how the origins of his Bad News character came about and it all had to do with the backstage storytelling of one American Nightmare:
“Cody for a couple of years had been telling stories about how I was this really old guy. Cody is a real BS’er in the locker room. He’d be telling stories to everyone how he’d watch me when he was a kid and I was on TV wrestling Hard Boiled Haggerty, and I would just come out and give out bad news, I was called Bad News Barrett. I don’t know where or how he got this from.”
Barrett added that he hasn’t crossed paths with Cody Rhodes again since Rhodes returned to WWE in the spring of 2022. Rhodes suffered an injury that has kept him out of action since Hell In A Cell while Barrett only made the move from the NXT broadcast desk to the SmackDown announce table in October:
“We haven’t crossed paths, obviously with his injury, he’s rehabbing at the moment. Looking forward to catching up with him at some point. But yeah, he’s a creative genius, as you would expect from the son of the American Dream Dusty Rhodes – one of my mentors, one of my coaches during my career. Great man and Cody’s definitely inherited some of that genius when it comes to the zany ideas in his head.”