Josh Isenberg: The Barrett Barrage has been everything but that. A month ago, he lost his Intercontinental Championship to Curtis Axel and has not been able to rebound since. If this was six months ago, I would say he is the favorite to win the briefcase. I am not so sure that WWE knows what they are doing with him. He has had stock invested in him only to strip him of getting to the top. This is something Barrett needs, but WWE simpy does not work like that. He would be a solid pick in my case and I will not be completely shocked if WWE finally decides to ride the Barrett train to the top. Out of all the guys in this match, the argument for him being the most deserved is loud and clear.
Mike Killam: When Josh and I kicked off our first meeting-of-the-minds last month with WWE Payback, we started with Wade Barrett's championship match. I had him retaining, out of hope more than logic, but he inevitably lost to jump-start Curtis Axel's big push. And that's really been the fate of Wade Barrett since coming over from the first season of NXT; he's WWE's most talented enhancement talent. He gets small pushes here and there, in the form of new music, a cool series of video packages, or a brief title reign. The problem is, WWE has been quick to replace him with something, anything, more new and shiny, whether it be Curtis Axel, The Miz's face turn, or CM Punk taking over the Nexus. I want to hope this year could be the year of Wade Barrett, but even if he wins the Money in the Bank briefcase, it's just not likely WWE will follow through on his momentum.
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