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Booker T recalls the time he apologized after insulting Dean Malenko in WCW

The latest episode of Booker T’s “Hall Of Fame” podcast covers some wrestling matches that we never got to see. Booker also included some stories from his time in WCW.

Here are some highlights:

Booker T commented on who he believes is the greatest wrestler of all time: “Of course, I give Ric Flair the props (as the greatest of all time). He is the G.O.A.T. He is the founder of what great wrestling and what great wrestlers look like. How many other wrestlers out there can do it better than him. I put Savage really high. His bar is set real high as far as his performance, his showmanship, his style, and charisma. Those guys had something a little different than what these guys had today. They had that urge to go out and compete against each other.”

Booker T commenting on friction between him and Dean Malenko in WCW: “I was the television champion. I wrestled La Parka, Super Crazy, Jericho and I was wrestling all the cruiserweights. I wanted somebody bigger. Dean Malenko was standing there and I said, give me somebody my size. Dean looked at me and stormed out. He was so mad. I chased him down and I said I am sorry, I apologize. I didn’t mean it that way. I’m not talking about you personally, even though I was getting to wrestle him that night.”

Booker T talking about his early pay in WCW: “When I got in WCW, they said hey book, we can pay you $75,000 a year. I knew other guys were making $250,000 and I knew I was a better worker than those guys. But, I said, how much did you say, $75,000? I thought, well, how much was I making at that last job? But, I said, I’m going to get in here and real quick, prove my worth and the 75 is going to move up real quick. Before it was over with, I was being paid more than all those suckers. I didn’t mind putting myself in position to get in that position.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit The Hall Of Fame with Booker T & Brad Gilmore with a h/t to for the transcription


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