15 Superstars' 'secret weapons'

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February 10, 2014

Wasteland (Bad News Barrett)

It's called The Barrett Barrage for a good reason: Bad News Barrett unloads a variety of powerful blows left and right like artillery fire in the ring.

Long before he sent opponents crashing to the canvas with his mighty Bull Hammer elbow, however, Barrett utilized a feared maneuver called Wasteland to lift them up on his broad shoulders and slam them down with authority. The finisher’s list of victims reads like a veritable who's who in WWE: John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan and even WWE Hall of Famer Edge. All of them felt the full brunt of a move that seemed to replicate the motion of a hammer hitting the firing pin on a revolver. Only in this case, the revolver is 6-foot-7 and weighs 246 pounds.

"My opponent has a much higher drop than he would have with a regular performer in WWE," Barrett told WWE.com, explaining the power behind Wasteland. "When I'm slamming him down to the canvas, if you drop him from 6-feet-7 in the air, it doesn't matter who you are — it's going to be pretty painful and enough to stun you for three seconds."

Barrett transitioned to using the Bull Hammer because he felt it was a far more dangerous and effective blow, and one that is harder to counter than Wasteland. But he's not opposed to bringing back his old finisher when and if the situation calls for it. After all, it was the move that won Wade the Intercontinental Title in March 2011 when he surprisingly caught Kingston in mid-air as "The Wildcat" attempted to deliver Trouble in Paradise — a finishing strike that is rarely countered.

"I'm certainly not averse to using it. It's still there in my arsenal," Barrett said. "If the time calls for it and I need it for any reason, it's there waiting. You likely haven't seen the last of the Wasteland."

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