Booker T emphasized the need for professional wrestlers to focus on more than just money and victories. During this episode of the Hall Of Fame podcast, he said that it’s better not to place too much emphasis on wins and losses.
Booker T missed working at shows like Velocity and Heat but didn’t want to be a featured character at a show. Instead, he took various jobs on the card to remain the most sought-after in the professional wrestling industry.
If you’re so focused on winning and losing, being in the main event, being the guy, you’re going to miss out on a whole lot that’s going on.
I say for me, I loved being in different positions at different times. It gave you a different reason to work. So many different reasons to work in those positions. Mid-card guy, I’m cool, opening the show, I’m cool, the main event, I’m cool.
The only thing I wasn’t cool with was working Velocity or Superstars, and I never had to work any of them shows. That’s when you should start getting worried, the syndicated shows, Heat, Velocity, Main Event, and stuff like that. I never worked one of those shows.
Booker T claims that he would be a demotion to work on the new show “AEW Dark” because it’s not his level of competition. He doesn’t know very much about the show and admitted he would feel a certain way about it. He said:
“Hell yeah, it’s a demotion”
I know that’s going to get picked up, but hell yeah it’s a demotion. Damnit, I’m not working on Dark. For me, working on Dark, which is a show that is only on the internet should be for the young guys coming up. I didn’t come from the big how, no pun intended, which I am talking about WWE, I didn’t come from WWE to come to AEW to work Dark.
I don’t even know what Dark is, I don’t know who’s on it, I don’t know when it’s aired or anything like that. So, for me to be on Dark, it would make me feel a certain way, me personally.
Booker T claimed that he would have done anything Vince McMahon asked of him if Vince McMahon had asked. However, Booker T claimed that as a sign of respect for what Booker T has achieved in WCW and WWE, Vince McMahon never put him on shows like Velocity or Judgment Day.
If Vince came to me and said, ‘hey Book, I need you to work the Velocity show, we need to bump the ratings on that show, we need some star power on it, do you think you can do it?’ What do you think I am going to say? I am going to say, ‘yeah.’
But my boss, respected me enough not to put me on those shows. He respected me enough as far as to keep my star power at a certain position. He kept me working around the main event guys. If I wasn’t with the main event guys I was doing something.