Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV announcer Josh Barnett has a new interview up with WWE Superstar Rich Swann in USA Today’s “For The Win” section. Below are some of the highlights.
On his status for WrestleMania 33 following Neville vs. Austin Aries announcement: “I just hope that I get to perform and get a match. I tell you what, though, I think that will be a great match for the division, when you consider Austin Aries’ list of accomplishments and everything he has done in this industry. That will be a banging match. If I do not get a chance to participate at WrestleMania that is one match that I am going to keep an eye on.”
On the status of WWE’s Cruiserweight division: “It takes time for the WWE Universe to really digest about seven to eight new guys that are coming on the scene and it’s hard to get to know everybody. Now the WWE Universe is starting to get to know everyone’s personalities and who some of these guys really are, and what their agendas are in the division.
“Things are really starting to heat up with the cruiserweight division and on 205 Live, especially with Neville coming in and shaking things up and really proving his stature as King of the Cruiserweights. With him winning the cruiserweight championship at the Royal Rumble, I feel that was a big driving point for the division.
“The cruiserweights are out showing that we aren’t some guys who are 205 pounds or less flying around and not knowing what to do in there. We are showing that we can put on some of the best matches that WWE has to offer.”