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NXT Showcase: Trent Barreta (Trent Baretta)

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Hello everyone, this is Vaude Influence and I have returned to Wrestlecorp!

That means, it’s the return of NXT Showcase!

Anyway, let’s get on with it.


Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a vignette that involves a man that has been found.

Wrestler: “The Dudebuster” Trent Barreta (Trent Baretta/Trent?/Beretta).

Background Information: Trent Barreta is billed from Tampa, Florida. He made his professional debut for New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) on July 10, 2004, under the ring name Plazma in a losing effort to Dan Barry.

After wrestling primarily in singles and tag team matches, he defeated Matt Maverick on January 28, 2006 to become the promotion’s first ever Hi-Fi Champion, which was also the first championship of his career. On February 25, 2006, he retained the title against Maverick in his first title defense. On March 18, 2006, he lost the title to Mike Spinelli. He would defeat Spinelli in a rematch for the title on May 20, 2006.

After successfully retaining the title against the likes of Jamie Van Lemer, Spyder, Javi-Air, and Jerry Lynn throughout the next few months, he lost the Hi-Fi Championship to Dickie Rodz on October 21, 2006.

After two unsuccessful attempts to regain the title in February and March 2007, respectively, he teamed with Maverick to defeat The Angus Brothers (Danny and Billy) and Dan Dynasty and Jamie Van Lemer in a three-way match to win the Tag Team Championship.

The team would retain the title on several occasions before losing them to MEGA and Prince Nana on December 15, 2007. That same night, he defeated Quiet Storm to win the Heavyweight Championship, although the title was vacated shortly afterwards due to Marasciulo announcing his signing to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Between August 2007 and January 2008, he had several tryout matches for WWE, using the ring name Greg Cardona. He was signed to a WWE contract and began wrestling in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) under the ring name Greg Jackson. His name was later changed to Trent Baretta, then tweaked to Trent Beretta.

He also competed under a mask as The Girl From Mexico in an attempt to become the first Queen of FCW, but was eliminated in the second round by Angela Fong. He would soon form a tag team with Caylen Croft called The Dude Busters.

Throughout his FCW career, he became a 2x Florida Tag Team Champion. He competed in FCW until he was called up to the main roster of WWE full time.

On December 1, 2009, on an episode of ECW, he made his debut for ECW under the respelled name of Trent Barreta along with Caylen Croft. They debuted as villains in a winning effort against Bobby Shields and Tyler Hilton, two local competitors. On February 9, 2010, on an episode of ECW, they lost to Goldust and Yoshi Tatsu in a match to determine the number-one contenders to the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship.

When the ECW brand ended in February 2010, its roster became free agents. He and Croft signed with SmackDown, making their debut for the brand on February 19, 2010, in a losing effort against Cryme Tyme. On April 2, 2010, on an episode of SmackDown, they began using their Dude Busters name again, which they had seemingly dropped since their move to the main roster.

The Dude Busters turning face earned their first tag team victory since joining the SmackDown roster when they defeated Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer on August 26, 2010, on an episode of Superstars.

On November 19, 2010, Caylen Croft was released from his contract, effectively ending The Dude Busters and turning him into a singles competitor. After becoming as a singles competitor, he would largely be involved in lower-card feuds. During this period, a majority of his matches would be on Superstars, and when he appeared on SmackDown, he would almost always lose, only garnering a single win when appearing on SmackDown during his tenure in WWE.

In 2011, he would largely be used as enhancement talent, mostly competing on WWE Superstars and losing to various wrestlers such as Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Tyler Reks, Ted DiBiase, Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, and Jinder Mahal.

In 2012, he would exclusively wrestle on NXT, failing to wrestle on Raw or SmackDown. On NXT, he formed an alliance with Yoshi Tatsu from December 2011, they feuded with Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks; both teams managed to score one win apiece during the feud. Both teams would play pranks on each other, with Tatsu being locked in a closet and Reks’ hands being superglued onto an video game controller. During this feud, he would score rare singles wins over both Hawkins and Reks on consecutive episodes of NXT in January 2012. The feud ended when Hawkins and Reks defeated him and Tatsu on January 18, 2012, on an episode of NXT.

He disappeared from television after February 2012 due to a torn triceps, instead being confined to the “Where’s Trent?” segments within the Z! True Long Island Story YouTube show. A video package on September 12, 2012, on an episode of NXT, acknowledged his six month absence and the “Where’s Trent?” segments, scheduling his return on September 19, 2012, on an episode of NXT, where he defeated Johnny Curtis.

On January 11, 2013, he was released from his WWE contract; with his last televised match for WWE being a disqualification win over Kruger due to Ohno’s interference on January 16, 2013, on an episode of NXT, which was taped before his release.

On January 18, 2013, he made his first independent appearance since his WWE release, when he worked for the Hart Legacy Wrestling (HLW) promotion in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

On March 22, 2013, he made his debut for Southern California-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), losing to Roderick Strong in a singles match using the ring name Trent?. At the following day’s PWG event, he was defeated by Paul London in another singles match.

On April 6, 2013, he made his debut for Dragon Gate USA, defeating Jon Davis via disqualification.

On April 26, 2013, he made his debut for Full Impact Pro (FIP), defeating AR Fox. On July 5, 2013, he made his return for Full Impact Pro (FIP) at Declaration of Independence, where he defeated the FIP World Heavyweight Champion Jon Davis by disqualification. On August 9, 2013, he defeated Davis in a rematch to become the new FIP World Heavyweight Champion.

On July 18, 2013, he made his debut for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) using his real name, when he took part in the Destination X episode of Impact Wrestling.

On August 30, 2013, he returned to PWG to take part in the 2013 Battle of Los Angeles, but was eliminated from the tournament in his first round match by Kyle O’Reilly. The following day, he formed the Best Friends stable with Chuck Taylor and Joey Ryan as the three defeated B-Boy, Tommaso Ciampa and Willie Mack in a six-man tag team match. Throughout his PWG career, he won the 2014 DDT Tournament.

On October 12, 2013, he made his debut in Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) with Bandido Jr. in a match for the FWE Tag Team Championship.

In March 2014, he took part in German promotion Westside Xtreme Wrestling’s (wXw) 16 Carat Gold weekend. During the second day on March 15, 2014, he and Matt Striker defeated Hot & Spicy (Axel Dieter Jr. and Da Mack) to win the wXw World Tag Team Championship. They, however, lost the title back to Hot & Spicy the next day.

On April 12, 2014, he returned to TNA under the ring name Ace Vedder at TNA One Night Only’s event X-Travaganza 2 defeating Manik in a singles match to qualify for the Ultimate X match later that night. In the main event, Low Ki defeated Rashad Cameron, Kenny King, Sonjay Dutt, Tigre Uno, and him in the Ultimate X match for a future shot at the TNA X Division Championship.

On May 3, 2013, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) announced he would be working simply as “Baretta”, as a participant in the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. He made his debut for the promotion on May 22, 2013, teaming with Titán in a tag team match, where they defeated Bushi and Hiromu Takahashi. In the round-robin portion of the tournament itself, which ran from May 24 to June 6, 2013, he won three of his eight matches, finishing seventh out of the nine wrestlers in his block.

On October 15, 2013, NJPW announced that he now represents the Chaos stable, would return to the promotion on October 25, 2013, teaming with Brian Kendrick in the 2013 Super Jr. Tag Tournament.

On March 1, 2015, at Ring of Honor’s (ROH) 13th Anniversary Show, Rocky Romero announced he was forming a new tag team named Roppongi Vice with him. The following day, he was pulled from his scheduled Evolve events and announced for ROH events. Roppongi Vice made its ROH debut on March 13, 2015, defeating The Decade (B.J. Whitmer and Jimmy Jacobs).

On March 16, 2015, NJPW announced that he would be returning to the promotion later that month as part of the Roppongi Vice tag team with Rocky Romero. Throughout his NJPW career, he became a 2x IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion.

On May 13, 2015, Global Force Wrestling (GFW) announced him as part of their roster.

He still competes in NJPW, ROH, and the independent circuit to this day.


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With him being a great high flyer, if the Cruiserweight division in WWE still exists, he would be a big part of it.

My Thoughts: Trent Barreta is a very talented athlete. Even though he lacks in the character and charisma department, he has an unique looks about him, he has an unique presence in the ring, and he’s a great high flyer. Where’s Trent?!

Video: This video contains a vignette of Trent Barreta on September 12, 2012.

My Thoughts: This was a hilarious, but yet entertaining vignette of Trent Barreta here. This vignette really shows the great production value that NXT has which was produced very well.

This vignette was just basically about Trent Barreta being out of action from NXT for six months as he was out for an injury. However, the way they made it seems like Trent Barreta was lost and that someone needs to find him. Then everyone joins in and saying, “Where’s Trent?” which was hilarious.

However, the best part of this vignette was when Briley Pierce was searching through the backstage area and he found Trent Barreta in one of the rooms and ask him, “Hey Trent, what to wrestle in NXT next week?” Trent Barreta replied with, “Yeah!”. That made me laugh even more. Very well produced vignette and a funny, but yet entertaining backstage to follow up with here. Very enjoyable.

Even though I never see Trent Barreta as a main eventer in WWE, he could be a solid mid-carder and a great tag team wrestler for WWE. However, they never see him as that which is a shame. If WWE would still have their Cruiserweight division, he would have been a big part of it. A shame really.

Luckily, he’s doing very well in NJPW, ROH, and the independent circuit. Hope he continues to have great success as he’s a very talented worker in the ring. Now, where’s Trent?!

After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.

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