The former Intercontinental Champion did so in an interview with 411 Mania to promote his latest film, I Am Vengeance: Retaliation.
WWE originally set up operations in the country to combat the ITV World of Sports promotion. However, the promotion went out of business years ago.
“I would say it’s helped the wrestlers who have been signed, but outside of that, I don’t think it’s been beneficial. You’d have to look at the affect it’s had on some of the companies or some of the independents, the independent companies, who were thriving prior to that versus now.
So, I don’t think it’s been beneficial to the scene at all. I understand why WWE have done it. They want to have a stake hold there. It was not coincidental that NXT UK was brought out at the same time that WOS [World of Sport], which at the same time, was seen as a threat to WWE over in the UK. It wasn’t coincidental, however, it’s been portrayed by them, and I think we all know the truth behind that. Again, that’s business. I understand why they did it. I’m not casting them for doing that, but to portray it as beneficial to the UK as something benevolent is ludicrous. And as good as the product might, it’s certainly not something that’s helped the UK independent scene.”
Back in April, it was reported that the future of WWE NXT UK is uncertain due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. For more on that, click here.
Barrett also talked about Drew McIntyre becoming the first British WWE World Champion and more. You can check out the full interview here.