During the latest "Hall of Fame" podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T gave his thoughts on WrestleMania Backlash, Canelo Alvarez's loss, UFC 274, Daniel Cormier in the UFC Hall Of Fame, and some of the recent wrestling news.
Booker was asked to give his thoughts on Rhea Ripley joining The Judgment Day stable:
“Rhea Ripley definitely has that Brood look. She falls right as far as being a part of that group. One thing also, Rhea Ripley has been trying to find her footing. She's good. She can go out in the ring and perform at a high level.”
“But it seems like it's crowded as far as women getting opportunities at certain times. It's a crowded field right now. For me when the field was always crowded, I didn't mind doing something different outside of the box because I knew it was going to be some spotlight on me playing this role over here, as opposed to trying to play in that crowded field. So for me, I like the move for Rhea Ripley. It definitely is going to highlight her. It is going to put her in a position where she's going to have an active role on a weekly basis doing something.”
Booker was asked why he feels Finn Balor gets buried in the booking:
“Finn Balor is a great worker and can perform at a very high level, but the one thing that business has always, I think, as far as guys getting over is believability. They made the fans feel a certain way, not by what we watched them do in the ring, just by watching them.”
“I'm just using this guy for an example, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Stone Cold Steve Austin, the way he talked, the way he walked, the way he made you feel about the guy that perhaps has a regular job at home, you know that drinks a beer on a regular basis. He can relate with so many different people. So many people can say, ‘Man, that's my guy right there.’”
“Finn Balor goes out there and does some of the most spectacular moves that you've ever seen. But when, just say for instance, when he cuts a promo, he may not make you feel like he really wants to go out there and hurt that guy. That's why guys who cut promos back in the day, you know, say what you will but when those guys would cut a promo on television, and I know the world is different now, but when those guys would cut a promo on television, they were grown as men, and what they were saying that they were going to do, you believed it.”