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Booker T on almost fighting William Regal for real when they first met, the infamous Buff Bagwell match on WWE Raw

WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T was interviewed on the Notsam Wrestling podcast this week. He talked about his hot takes on his own podcast, his Reality of Wrestling going to Las Vegas, WCW’s failed relaunch, his WWE run, and more.

Here are some highlights:

Booker T said he almost got into a fight with William Regal when they first met:

“The first time I met Regal, we almost got into a fight. I’ll tell you, I remember it so vividly. It was at the Main Event Gym. Sting and Lex Luger had a gym in Marietta. My brother and I walk in with Sid Vicious, and Regal is walking out the door. I looked at Regal and he looked at me, and it looked like we wanted to kill each other. From that point on, we really didn’t have a great relationship or anything. We weren’t friends. We weren’t pals, buddies, or anything like that. Then all of a sudden, I’m King Booker and we’re working together, and we had one of the greatest runs ever as far as King of the Ring goes. He’s a good friend of mine now. But that’s what it was. It was different back then from the way it is now. We weren’t friends or anything like that back then. We were in competition. We were trying to be the best wrestler on the card.”

Booker T talked about the match he had with Buff Bagwell on RAW that was supposed to be WCW’s relaunch:

“When I came in and they did the thing with Buff Bagwell, or even the feud between WWE and WCW, I had put WCW behind me. Those days were behind me. It was time for me to make something totally new. Working with Marcus Bagwell, God bless him, but he was going through a whole lot at that time. I just don’t think he was prepared for that night. I felt like I was prepared for it, but I can’t go out and make magic happen. I knew that was a bad night when it was over. I knew it wasn’t our greatest moment. We got pulled into the office immediately and were told it wasn’t our best night. I said, ‘Put me in the ring with anybody. That smell will go away real quick.’ The next person I think I worked with was Diamond Dallas Page. Me and Dallas, we went at it, but it wasn’t the greatest match in the world, but Dallas is a hard worker. We went out and had an ok match. For me, I had no thoughts that I would be there this long. That was not the plan, but I knew I was going to be a guy that was going to have a run in WWE and it was going to be a pretty good run.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Notsam Wrestling podcast with a h/t to for the transcription. Check out Sam Roberts’ YouTube channel by clicking here.

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