Now before I begin I must say that of the current roster Barrett is one of my favorites, and no, that doesn't mean that I fanboy over him. I just believe that he's an all-around talented wrestler.
I love that I can say that Barrett is a three time IC champ (why'd Miz take it for less than a day?). It gives Wade some serious credibility that he held a belt three times and for a decent amount of time for each reign.
It's easy to forget that Barrett was the leader of the Nexus since we only really still see Ryback and DB now, but in 2010 the Nexus completely dominated the WWE...well, at least until Summerslam (dang it Cena!). He then went on to lead the Corre, which didn't really do that much but still proved that he was a capable leader in addition to being a great wrestler. After that it was pretty much losing against Orton all over again. Luckily he made a rebound after his injury last year.
To me Wade has two problems working against him - his finishers and part of his gimmick. One, The Wasteland doesn't seem too powerful, it's similar to the AA, it's just another slam that most wrestlers eat dozens of through a match. I suppose that if The Wasteland were applied AFTER that many slams then well, it would work better, but usually most matches don't go on that long. His other finisher The Bullhammer seems more like it really would knock somebody out if it had momentum, but he performed this move at a dead standstill to Jack Swagger (I think) on one of the ladders last Sunday and it had the same effect. Meh.
Two, his gimmick, while not bad, doesn't really have that hook that grabs people and makes them cheer for him (or against him really). Barrett reminds me of William Regal in so many ways. Barrett does whatever he has to do to win, is a capable leader whenever he's in a group, has great power and surprising speed for a larger wrestler, is pretty good on the mic (not excellent...yet) and has been with the company for a while now. He just hasn't found "it" yet, which greatly saddens me. I want to hear "your world heavyweight champion, Wade Barrett!" sooner rather than later.
What does everybody else think about Wade?