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Booker T reacts to WWE releasing Keith Lee and Karrion Kross

On the latest “Hall Of Fame” podcast, Booker T talked about the recent WWE releases. His thoughts spanned several segments of the podcast.  Here are the highlights:

Booker on Keith Lee’s release: “I said at the end of the day, Keith Lee is going to have to make a believer out of those guys. In between then and now, I don’t know what happened. Keith Lee is a guy who has an abundance of talent. AEW is a company that’s looking for guys. New Japan is a company that I think Keith Lee fits in perfectly. I think he will be ok as far as working in the business. There again, I don’t know what Keith Lee’s illness was or anything like that. I don’t know if that has anything to do with his firing or releasing or anything like that. I’m shocked.

On Nia Jax and Karrion Kross: Nia Jax, I’m definitely shocked at that name being in that group right there. I thought Nia Jax was one that was going to be around for a long, long time. I thought she was talent. Karrion Kross, I must say, was taken out of the frying pan and thrown right into the fire. He was brought up to the main roster and then the wardrobe changes. The thing is, also, I don’t know, I could be wrong, but I’m quite sure Karrion Kross is a little perplexed about, ‘Man, what the hell is going on?’ The reason I say that is because, ‘Just a minute ago, I was the most over son of a gun in NXT that the company had. I was the champ.’ Then all of a sudden, he came over with a wardrobe change, no Scarlett, and the fans not buying into it at all. I’m sure he had to be wondering what the hell is going on as well. There again, we’re in a different place and different time as far as this business goes. For me, it’s hard to speak on it. I’m going to have to bring one of these young guys on the show and let them talk about it because it’s hard for me to speak on what they’re going through right now in this turbulent world of professional wrestling and trying to keep a spot. Back in the day, there were only so few spots, but once those spots were secured, they stayed secured for a long damn time. The business has changed. You name me 10 guys that walk out of the curtain that make you feel a certain way. It would be very hard. You’re not going to get there. You’re not going to be able to name 10 guys that make you feel a certain way when they walk out of the curtain. You’re not going to be able to do it. Back in the day, damn near every guy that walked out of the curtain, almost everyone of them, WCW, WWF, almost everyone of those guys, no matter where they worked, made you feel a certain way when they walked out of the curtain whether you liked them or not. I don’t care if it was Koko B Ware or Test. Test wasn’t even a guy who was high up on the radar as far as a top guy, but what I’m saying is, you name me 10 guys today that walk out of that curtain that make you feel a certain way when they come out, to make you want to buy a ticket, to make you want to jump.  I think that might be part of the problem.’

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