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Booker T comments on Jay Lethal in AEW, Nia Jax retiring, why things are different for women in wrestling



On a recent "Hall Of Fame" podcast, Booker T commented on Jay Lethal signing with AEW and Nia Jax's release from WWE.

Booker T gave high praise to Jay Lethal:

“I step on toes every time I’m on the mic. Every time I’m talking, I’m stepping on somebody’s toes, but it isn’t out of disrespect or anything like that. It’s just me telling it like it is. Just like say for instance, I made a comment, I ran into my man a couple days ago at WrestleCade as soon as I walked in the door, Jay Lethal. He came up to me, gave me a big hug, and said, ‘Godfather, I just want to say thank you. I want to say thank you for believing in me.’ I said, ‘Jay Lethal, there’s nobody better. There’s nobody better than Jay Lethal.’ A lot of people can take that and interpret it any way they want, but Jay Lethal knows what I’m talking about. The world that performs and does this knows what I’m talking about because all of those guys, everyone of them know, that if I get in a match with Jay Lethal, it will be a good match. The last thing I have to worry about is how that match is going to turn out, and that’s the mark of a true great. That’s why he will go down literally as one of the best that ever did it. Interpret it the way you will, but the way I speak it, take it however you want, but we know what I’m talking about.”

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Booker T talking about Nia Jax saying she may not wrestle again:

“It’s a whole lot different I think for women than it is for men. Just think about it for a second. What do you remember Nia Jax being before she was ever in WWE? For her to actually have to go out and do other shows other than WWE, something that perhaps came to her and was an offer she probably couldn’t pass up, maybe something she didn’t even really want to do. Just think about that for a second. Sometimes when an opportunity comes and then you see what numbers are behind that opportunity, you say, ‘I’ll try this’, and it turns out to be a career for you for a period of time. But, who’s to say Nia Jax doesn’t want to do something else like have a family, have a regular life, and be able to breathe for a moment. I’m telling you, being on the road, it’s no party. Let me rephrase that. It can be a party all the time, but it’s not easy at all. If you're the type that wants to do something else just for a moment, if you’re doing this, you can’t. If you’re on the road, you can’t. I can totally understand 100% where she’s coming from if she doesn’t want to do this. If she’s not going to do this for WWE, she’s probably like, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore’, so I totally understand.”

Booker T was asked if Nia Jax would be an asset for another wrestling company like Impact or AEW:

“Big fish in a small pond, no pun intended as far as a company like Impact. AEW, of course she can go over there and do big things and do great things. Personally, I don’t know if that’s the end game for someone like her just because she said losing this job the way she did so abruptly, she said she was crushed. She said she didn’t see it coming. That right there might have a lot to do with if she wants to do this or not. She will be great anywhere she goes. She really will. She was one of my favorite people I would see when I would come to TV. I always thought very, very highly of her.”

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