On a recent episode of “The Hall Of Fame” podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T gave his opinions on some of the recently released WWE talent. Booker had a lot to say about some of the top names that were let go due to budget cuts.
On Braun Strowman: “It definitely made me go, ‘Wow, Braun Strowman’. Then I started looking at it from a business perspective. If it’s true, the rumors out there are saying Braun Strowman had a huge contract and he’s making a lot of money. If they’re doing budget cuts, that’s the one thing you’re going to be thinking about. Who do we really need? Who’s the guy that we really need here to keep this thing running. Take nothing away from Braun Strowman. He was an enigma. He was a guy that was somewhat of a throwback to the guys that did it once before him. Looking at Braun Strowman, even being the enigma that he was, it was hard to match Braun Strowman up with more than two or three guys on the roster. I can be wrong. There again, he was like a throwback to the way the wrestler was back in the day. The thing is, nothing against him as a wrestler or anything, but just think about it. In Japan back in the day, it was the battle of the giants, the Stan Hansens of the world. The Big Van Vaders of the world. If you look at the layout of Japan now, it’s totally different. The wrestlers are totally different. The way they wrestle now is totally different. That’s the only thing that I’m saying about that right there. Don’t think I’m trying to throw any shade or anything like that. There again, you look at the guys, and you say, ‘Who are the guys that we’re really going to need right now to fuel this thing to take us to the next level and take us to where we want to be.’ Is Braun Strowman one of the guys? Obviously, they didn’t think he was one of the guys, or it could have been something underlying that I don’t even know about as far as contract dispute, maybe thinking the grass is greener on the other side, maybe it’s time for me to get up out of here. Maybe it’s one of those types of things. I’m always thinking about a guy like Braun Strowman when he comes around, ‘Man, this is the guy that’s going to replace Kane for the next 20 years. This is the guy that’s going to replace The Undertaker for the next 20 years.’ Think about it. Those days are over. Those days are well behind us. They’re long gone and they will never, ever, come back.”
On Aleister Black: “Let’s be honest. Nothing against Aleister Black or anything like that. The guy can go out and work. We know that. I’m talking about hip tosses, armbars, armlocks, hammerlocks, all the wrestling jargon is what I’m saying. Aleister Black can go out there and do that. But honestly, did Aleister Black wow you when he got in the middle of that ring? Did he make you feel like, man, this is something right here that I have to tune into weekly. Did he do that? Did he do that for you? You just can’t give a guy an intro, give him a black gimmick, a dark role, and he goes out there and becomes a star. You put him in a cricketty thing. It did look cool, but understand, you just can’t get that gimmick and think because of the smoke and mirrors you’re going to go out there and get over. Aleister Black is a good worker, but I’m looking for guys that’s talent. I’m looking for a guy that’s going to go out there and do things totally different than everybody else on the roster. Aleister Black had his MMA get up, his Kung Fu Karate, black mask for the finish, leg pop on the way around. I get it, but for me, Aleister Black was a guy that didn’t set himself apart from the rest of the guys in the locker room. That’s just a fact.”
On Lana: “I have to give props to Lana because throughout all the bumps in the road, all the obstacles so to speak, Lana was willing to go around, over, under, and if she had to go through it, she would go right through it. Lana would take it right on the chin and smile every time. I don’t think she ever let the company see her sweat or anything like that. Even after Rusev left, that’s when she really kicked it in and said, ‘Man, I’m going to show everybody I’m going to make this thing work.’ Lana did a hell of a job trying to make that thing work. I give her props. I don’t know what the reason was for the outcome as far as her being released or anything like that, but I can say you can tell that Lana was putting in work on a weekly basis trying to get better at her craft. The thing is, she was getting better. Was she going to be the best woman on the roster or anything like that? Perhaps not, but you could tell Lana had been putting in work trying to figure out how to actually go out there and do that. She worked hard. Is Lana a big loss though? Losing Lana, there again, maybe another pickup for Tony Khan and AEW says her husband is over there right now already. He could use a better click to run around with than the click he’s running around with right now. The thing is, the Bulgarian Brute and Lana is a proven commodity. It works. I thought that duo was the best thing since King Booker and Queen Sharmell.”
In regards to Strowman, Mark Henry told TMZ over the weekend that there is interest from both sides on bringing him to AEW so he could end up on Dynamite in a few months. Aleister Black is believed to be headed to AEW but there is said to be interest from WWE in bringing him back. Lana was mentioned by her husband on Dynamite a week ago and she seems likely to be going there as well.