Chris Van Vliet interviewed WWE Corridor Of Famer Booker T this week on his YouTube channel and podcast.
Booker talks about what his life was like rising up in Houston, Texas. He additionally talks concerning the classes he discovered from going to jail, getting employed by WCW, how he got here up with the Guide Finish earlier than The Rock got here up with The Rock Backside, his grocery store brawl with Steve Austin, being a two-time WWE Corridor Of Famer, Unhealthy Bunny’s tune about him, and he talks about his personal podcast.
Listed below are some highlights and scroll down to take a look at the complete interview.
Booker T talked about how wrestlers could make wrestling scripts work. He stated, “I believe we’re producing a number of guys who proper now are studying leisure. We discovered the right way to entertain in addition to wrestle. That’s what I believe is lacking. It’s like, for example, you give an actor a script and he’s a man that’s simply been performing for a yr, he’s going to take that script and he’s going to marvel about it. However, should you take an actor who’s been working 20 years, he’s going to take the script and say, ‘Oh, my God. I’m going to make this one thing particular.’ That’s the distinction between actors who’re seasoned and actors who’re making an attempt to determine it out. I believe we have now a number of actors proper now which can be making an attempt to determine it out versus taking that script, like for me, resembling King Booker, I stated, Oh my God. I’m going to make this one thing no person goes to have the ability to comply with within the historical past of wrestling. That’s what I’m seeing after I see a script like that versus I’m going to verify I learn this line by line and get my eyebrows transferring. I’m pausing within the improper locations. I’m not making it as theatrical or large as it could presumably be. Wrestling will not be MMA. It’s not boxing. It’s skilled wrestling. One of the best skilled wrestlers are the most effective actors. One of the best actors get the most effective scripts. They’re the main man. Don’t suppose the man that simply began goes to get the main man position. That’s what we obtained a number of occasions is a number of guys within the enterprise proper now which can be simply coming in and suppose they need to be main males. They suppose they need to get that script and actually don’t perceive what that script entails.”
Booker T’s response to Sting in AEW: “Some guys simply don’t wish to give up. I by no means thought I’d see Sting nonetheless doing this at 61 years previous. I simply didn’t suppose that. It’s onerous generally to stroll away from this enterprise after which once more, after you may have performed it so lengthy, you wish to stroll away from it your method. He didn’t get an opportunity to try this in WWE. Now in AEW, he might really feel like he has an opportunity to go on the market and do it and do it his method and stroll away from it. However for me, I don’t know. Extra energy to these guys that wish to go on the market and try this. I wasn’t a kind of guys who wished to wrestle my complete life. I wasn’t a kind of children that dreamed of being an expert wrestler as a child…It’s totally different for me than most of those guys. I have a look at it so in a different way. For Sting to wish to have a match, I wouldn’t advise it at 61 years previous. I wouldn’t advise it. Is it price it? I don’t know. To him, it is likely to be price it, however, I say wrestling is a younger man’s sport. I stated I used to be going to retire after I was 40. After I turned 40, I stated, I’m fairly good, I’m nonetheless higher than the remainder of the suckas on the roster. Why would I wish to give up? So I pushed it till I used to be 45 after which I walked away from it. I don’t itch to ever put my boots on and try this ever once more. I had an important run and I had a good time doing it. I really like watching the younger guys come up. I really like seeing my college students get a break and get an opportunity. Sting is a man who was doing nicely earlier than I used to be doing it. It’s one thing he’s performed his complete life. It’s one thing that’s in his blood. There once more, not getting the possibility to complete it correctly in WWE.”
Booker T believes Sting not coming to WWE in 2001 was a mistake: “I keep in mind after I went to WWE in 2001, Sting did an interview and stated that the rationale why he by no means went to WWE was due to the best way they handled Booker T when he first obtained there. He stated I used to be disrespected by The Rock after I first obtained there and felt I ought to have been handled higher. What he was speaking about was, when me and Rock did our angle, and Rock stated, ‘Who’re you?’ I stated, ‘My title is’ and Rock stated, ‘It doesn’t matter what your title is.’ I at all times checked out this as wrestling. I’ve by no means checked out it prefer it was a critical factor and I believe if Sting got here and he did an angle with the Rock, Rock maybe would have performed the very same factor with him. However, it’s wrestling, and for him to have missed out on 15 years perhaps, of time, due to that angle that I did with The Rock, I assumed that was very, and I don’t wish to disparage him or something like that, however I assumed that was a really unwise factor to do. Let’s simply say that. To overlook out on all that point to reside out that Sting dream within the WWE, however I believe a number of guys have been scared to come back to the WWE. Lots of guys didn’t wish to should put within the work and actually set up themselves over again. However me, I used to be like, let me go up right here and see how good I actually am. I wished to problem myself with the most effective employees on the earth. However for Sting to do it now, at 61, I simply suppose is an unwise transfer to go on the market and attempt to work with these younger guys.”
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