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Since: 1.4.03
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#1 Posted on
I ment on the thread title to write in a year and six months (my bad)...Off 1Wrestling.com:

On his recent visit to England five-time WCW champion Booker T popped into the offices of The Sun, the UK’s biggest selling newspaper. He sat down with wrestling correspondents The LilsBoys for a very interesting and revealing online chat. Booker talked at length about many subjects including:

Race – “I wanted to change the image of the black wrestler and I think I've done that in so many different ways. I know when I was young there was no one to look up to on television wrestling programmes. I had my favourites but there wasn't anyone who made me say, ‘that's who I want to be like when I grow up.’ I hope that there black kids now are watching wrestling and saying, ‘man, I want to be like Booker T.’”

Winning his first WCW title – “I only knew that I was going to be wrestling for the world title about 10 minutes before I had to go out and work the match. Jeff Jarrett did a heck of a job carrying me and keeping me on track, because it was a very nerve-wracking time.”

Triple H – “My favourite of all those (WWE) guys to work with, and the one I've had the best chemistry with, so far is Triple H. When we wrestle nothing is off limits – if he whacks me then it's all fair in love and war, but he knows he's going to get whacked back.”

Goldust – “We were not only friends on the television but also behind the scenes. There are very few people in the business that I can call my friend, but Goldust is one of them… Our team was one of my biggest highlights – if not the biggest – in the WWE so far.”

WCW – “The way I used to always describe WCW was as a ‘good ol' boys club.’ It was like, ‘I've worked with you for 20 years so if your son needs a job then he's got one, even if he is the crappiest worker out there.’ There was a lot of ‘if you watch my back, then I'll watch your back’ kind of thing in WCW.”

Retirement – “I have six months left on my contract with the WWE and I'm going to sign for another year. But after that I am definitely walking away from the wrestling business.”

This is just a small snapshot of the chat, in which Booker also revealed his thoughts on why Goldberg has a lot to live up to, WrestleMania, the origins of the spin-a-roonie, what Stevie Ray is doing these days and much much more.

Whole Thing read here: Click Here (thesun.co.uk)

--If this is true, its a shame.

(edited by y4j1981 on 12.5.03 0826)


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#2 Posted on
I've heard that he wants to retire soon, too....perhaps the reason WWE won't put the title around him (because he isn't a star they can make/depend on for the next few years?)

(edited by geemoney on 12.5.03 0851)
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#3 Posted on
It's almost too bad because if they were to push him to the moon, and if he was REALLY to catch on outside of the people watching WWE right now (ie more mainstream celebrity), who knows if he'd end up retiring or not? Then again, he may want to retire regardless.



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#4 Posted on
Great Interview! It totally makes me wonder if that Game Show appearance was an act. Anyway, he seems like one of wrestling's good guys.



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#5 Posted on
Great interview. I was especially interested in the fact that he was pretty pleased with his feud with HHH, especially since his promos throughout that were his idea. Why am I the black sheep of this board? Because I never had a big problem with it!

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Since: 26.3.03
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#6 Posted on
I don't want to say "great interview" again, but that was a great interview! Really enlightening. This quote grabbed my attention, though:

"...there is even a little Booker T doll who does the spin-a-roonie and the 'five time' champion hand signal."

Where do I get one of those?!




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Since: 20.1.02
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#7 Posted on
I think this is what he means:



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#8 Posted on

    Originally posted by Tod deKindes
    I think this is what he means:



    Available at Shopzone.



Holy shit, I had seen that before but I never realised it could pull out a spinaroonie!

I gotta go get me one of those puppies!



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Since: 12.10.02
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#9 Posted on
>>Race – “I wanted to change the image of the black wrestler and I think I've done that in so many different ways. I know when I was young there was no one to look up to on television wrestling programmes. I had my favourites but there wasn't anyone who made me say, ‘that's who I want to be like when I grow up.’ I hope that there black kids now are watching wrestling and saying, ‘man, I want to be like Booker T.’”

All those kids know that a black wrestler can't beat a white wrestler at WrestleMania. That was the storyline.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.44
Booker really seems like a good guy in that interview. I like how he seemed remorseful of people that he had hurt with the Harlem Hangover, as opposed to certain former WCW stars I could name.



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#11 Posted on
Well, as long as he still does the Hungry Man TV dinner commercials, I'll be happy..



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
IssacYankem, that's maybe the funniest picture I've ever seen.

But back on topic....why is it that the quality, entertaining wrestlers (Booker T, Angle, Austin) are dropping like flies whereas the no-talents just keep on wrestling forever?



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#13 Posted on
I actually applaud the fact that Booker wants to leave in 1 1/2 years. The one complaint that everyone seems to have on this board is that people hang on too long (UT, Hogan, Flair, Nash etc....). By that time, Booker will be 40, and it is good to see that he realizes that there is more to life than performing four nights a week and travelling all over the US. I think he has a clothing business in Houston, and I saw that he built himself a great house in his hometown. I wish MORE wrestlers had his attitude. As much as we all like to put over Benoit's or HHH's love for the business, many times they come of as being one dimensional. Seeing guys like Booker, the Rock or Foley, I like rooting for those guys, cause they aren't the tying to be the stereotypical "Retire at 50/still hit the road for the occasional indy date/open a gym or wrestling school" wrestlers. Look at all the wrestling related deaths recently, and it seems like a lot of it has to do with not being able to leave the "Wrestling Lifestyle". Realistically, there isn't anything left for Booker to do. He's done enough to be seen as very successful in the business, he's going to get out relatively healthy (knock on wood), he's wrestled in the 2 biggest shows that wrestling has had to offer (Wrestlemania and Starcade), been a world champ and made loads of money. As a fan of him, I have no interest in seeing him at 45 trying to perform a spinarooni.

(edited by DirtyMikeSeaver on 12.5.03 1359)


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#14 Posted on

    Originally posted by DirtyMikeSeaver
    I actually applaud the fact that Booker wants to leave in 1 1/2 years. The one complaint that everyone seems to have on this board is that people hang on too long (UT, Hogan, Flair, Nash etc....). By that time, Booker will be 40, and it is good to see that he realizes that there is more to life than performing four nights a week and travelling all over the US.

I agree. I think the thing is that most people don't realize just how long Booker T has been around. Personally, I find it hard to believe that he's nearing 40 years old already, but when I sit back and think about how long I have watched him on TV, I realize it's probably true. Booker didn't get his first big push until the TV title feud with Benoit and didn't get his first REALLY big push until the last year of WCW's existence. I would have loved to see him in higher profile angles for many more years, but he seems to be making the right decision by leaving while he still has his health - and the respect of the fans.
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Since: 12.10.02
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#15 Posted on
Just for nostalgia, Booker T needs to start rockin the Breathe-Right Nasal Strips again.

I would like to read a Booker T book when/if he retires. He's got the type of book that would appeal to non-wrestling fans because it's a true rags to riches story. Plus, he went through the complete rise and demise of WCW because he was there from 1993 until the end.
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#16 Posted on

    Originally posted by fuelinjected
    >>Race – “I wanted to change the image of the black wrestler and I think I've done that in so many different ways. I know when I was young there was no one to look up to on television wrestling programmes. I had my favourites but there wasn't anyone who made me say, ‘that's who I want to be like when I grow up.’ I hope that there black kids now are watching wrestling and saying, ‘man, I want to be like Booker T.’”

    All those kids know that a black wrestler can't beat a white wrestler at WrestleMania. That was the storyline.



That does beg the question... would they remember the fact that he lost, or the fact that he was more than competitive the whole time? I'm saying the latter, but that's just me.



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#17 Posted on
It will be a little bit of both and then some.

He could still theoretically have a championship run with WWE but who the fuck knows. (Before the haters even chime in with that - you don't know.) If he does, it'll only be the Raw world title. It won't really be the same belt Austin and Rocky had. It's a shame but that's life.

Some people will say his time finally came toward the end of WCW and he deserved those belts. Some people will still bag on the company (and Russo) and think less of his time on top there for it. That's another shame and it's still life.

He's been a lot more successful, a lot more decorated and a lot more visible than the black black men that came before him. He definitely trumps Ron Simmons and both of them are light years beyond guys like Bad News Brown and JYD. I'm talking real about African looking guys as compared to light skin guys like The Rock.

If he never gets a Raw world title run I'll have no problems saying he had a great career. It would just be a matter of bad timing with the title. He finally broke through in WCW and then apparently just said yes to everything they proposed to him during the Invasion. By the time he got the year under his belt that guys fresh from WCW need, there was the brand extension and the blah blah blah.



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