Chris Van Vliet interviewed WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T this week on his YouTube channel and podcast.
Booker talks about what his life was like growing up in Houston, Texas. He also talks about the lessons he learned from going to prison, getting hired by WCW, how he came up with the Book End before The Rock came up with The Rock Bottom, his supermarket brawl with Steve Austin, being a two-time WWE Hall Of Famer, Bad Bunny’s song about him, and he talks about his own podcast.
Here are some highlights and scroll down to check out the full interview.
Booker T talked about how wrestlers can make wrestling scripts work. He said, “I think we are producing a lot of guys who right now are learning entertainment. We learned how to entertain as well as wrestle. That’s what I think is missing. It’s like, for instance, you give an actor a script and he’s a guy that’s just been acting for a year, he’s going to take that script and he’s going to wonder about it. But, if you take an actor who’s been working 20 years, he’s going to take the script and say, ‘Oh, my God. I’m going to make this something special.’ That’s the difference between actors who are seasoned and actors who are trying to figure it out. I think we have a lot of actors right now that are trying to figure it out as opposed to taking that script, like for me, such as King Booker, I said, Oh my God. I’m going to make this something nobody is going to be able to follow in the history of wrestling. That’s what I’m seeing when I see a script like that as opposed to I’m going to make sure I read this line by line and get my eyebrows moving. I’m pausing in the wrong places. I’m not making it as theatrical or big as it can possibly be. Wrestling is not MMA. It’s not boxing. It’s professional wrestling. The best professional wrestlers are the best actors. The best actors get the best scripts. They are the leading man. Don’t think the guy that just started is going to get the leading man role. That’s what we got a lot of times is a lot of guys in the business right now that are just coming in and think they should be leading men. They think they should get that script and really don’t understand what that script entails.”
Booker T’s reaction to Sting in AEW: “Some guys just don’t want to quit. I never thought I would see Sting still doing this at 61 years old. I just didn’t think that. It’s hard sometimes to walk away from this business and then again, after you have done it so long, you want to walk away from it your way. He didn’t get a chance to do that in WWE. Now in AEW, he may feel like he has a chance to go out there and do it and do it his way and walk away from it. But for me, I don’t know. More power to those guys that want to go out there and do that. I wasn’t one of those guys who wanted to wrestle my whole life. I wasn’t one of those kids that dreamed of being a professional wrestler as a kid…It’s different for me than most of these guys. I look at it so differently. For Sting to want to have a match, I wouldn’t advise it at 61 years old. I wouldn’t advise it. Is it worth it? I don’t know. To him, it might be worth it, but, I say wrestling is a young man’s sport. I said I was going to retire when I was 40. When I turned 40, I said, I’m pretty good, I’m still better than the rest of the suckas on the roster. Why would I want to quit? So I pushed it until I was 45 and then I walked away from it. I don’t itch to ever put my boots on and do that ever again. I had a great run and I had a great time doing it. I love watching the young guys come up. I love seeing my students get a break and get a chance. Sting is a guy who was doing well before I was doing it. It’s something he’s done his whole life. It’s something that’s in his blood. There again, not getting the chance to finish it properly in WWE.”
Booker T believes Sting not coming to WWE in 2001 was a mistake: “I remember when I went to WWE in 2001, Sting did an interview and said that the reason why he never went to WWE was because of the way they treated Booker T when he first got there. He said I was disrespected by The Rock when I first got there and felt I should have been treated better. What he was talking about was, when me and Rock did our angle, and Rock said, ‘Who are you?’ I said, ‘My name is’ and Rock said, ‘It doesn’t matter what your name is.’ I always looked at this as wrestling. I’ve never looked at it like it was a serious thing and I think if Sting came and he did an angle with the Rock, Rock perhaps would have done the exact same thing with him. But, it’s wrestling, and for him to have missed out on 15 years maybe, of time, because of that angle that I did with The Rock, I thought that was very, and I don’t want to disparage him or anything like that, but I thought that was a very unwise thing to do. Let’s just say that. To miss out on all that time to live out that Sting dream in the WWE, but I think a lot of guys were scared to come to the WWE. A lot of guys did not want to have to put in the work and really establish themselves all over again. But me, I was like, let me go up here and see how good I really am. I wanted to challenge myself with the best workers in the world. But for Sting to do it now, at 61, I just think is an unwise move to go out there and try to work with these young guys.”