WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T, 51, noted on twitter that the Spinnarooni has been officially retired. We got several emails from readers asking us if that meant that he is officially retired as an in-ring competitor. The answer is yes. Booker has had neck issues and in 2011, when he was getting ready to return to WWE, he was told by a doctor that he had a pinched nerve in his neck. He was told that he could get surgery to get it fixed and continue wrestling or he could just retire “and be fine.” Booker opted not to get the surgery.
Booker’s WWE deal allows him to continue making appearances on the independent scene. His Houston-based Reality Of Wrestling promotion will be running a joint show with Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore in Pasadena on 8/6. Booker will not be wrestling but he will be there to greet fans and sign autographs. Some of the proceeds from the show will go towards helping the Bustin’ For Autism charity.
Booker has wrestled on a few local shows in recent years but his last WWE match was at WrestleMania 28 as the final member of Team Teddy Long’s team against Team John Laurinaitis for control of Raw and Smackdown. He also wrestled Cody Rhodes on an episode of Smackdown in 2012 for the Intercontinental Championship. His last match took place in April of this year against Lionheart in the United Kingdom.
#BREAKING July 30th, 2016: The Spinnaroonie is officially…. RETIRED!
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) July 31, 2016