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Bruce Prichard on why Sharmell was hired by WWE, thoughts on Booker T turning heel

On the latest “Something To Wrestle With” on, Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson cover the WWE Survivor Series 2005 pay-per-view.

That show featured Team SmackDown vs. Team Raw, John Cena vs. Kurt Angle, Triple H vs. Ric Flair, Booker T vs. Chris Benoit and Teddy Long wrestling Teddy Long in the battle of General Managers.

Here are some highlights from the podcast:

Bruce Prichard told us the story on how Sharmell got onto WWE TV as a character: “Sharmell was one of the Nitro Girls. When we purchased WCW and Sharmell wasn’t doing anything, she would call me practically every single week. Every single week I would tell her I don’t have anything for you right now. This is not a no, it’s just a not now. I told her to keep in touch with me and something will come up. I’ll be damned if something didn’t come up. It was Sharmell’s persistence and her positive attitude that got her in the position for us to say why don’t we try this with Book (Booker T). They had a relationship. It was gold. There was obviously natural chemistry there so you felt that. Sharmell is just a natural reactor is the best way to say it. I’m not going to call her an actress even though she is a damn good actress. But, she was able to react beautifully and the chemistry between her and Booker you can feel. She was an absolute natural. But it all speaks to the persistence and the never quit attitude of Sharmell.”

Prichard was asked if he liked the idea of Booker turning heel and his wife being the catalyst of it:  “Yes. Booker is a natural heel. He embraced being a heel and being able to get into that confident, arrogant portrayal of himself. Booker was a natural.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard with a h/t to for the transcription.


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