WWE Hall of Famer Booker T recently added his perspective to an intriguing situation involving NXT star Lexis King, formerly known as Brian Pillman Jr. Lexis King’s training session with the enigmatic Matt Riddle was met with curiosity and fascination, and Booker T couldn’t resist offering his witty take on the situation.
Matt Riddle, affectionately known as “The Original Bro,” was a prominent figure in WWE for nearly five years before his abrupt release last month. While Riddle’s in-ring prowess and unique charisma were undeniable, his journey in the company was marked by a series of controversial incidents outside the squared circle, making him a polarizing figure among fans and colleagues.
In contrast, Lexis King embarked on his WWE journey earlier this year, guided by the creative direction of Triple H and the esteemed NXT brand. His debut in an NXT match at a live event was a promising start to what is expected to be an exciting and impactful wrestling career.
Booker T, a veteran of the wrestling industry known for his charismatic commentary and insightful analysis, added an interesting dimension to the conversation. In a tone that was both playful and reflective, he recalled a historical footnote involving Lexis King’s father, the legendary Brian Pillman. This connection served as a reminder of the deep-seated traditions and legacies that permeate the world of professional wrestling.
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Booker T commented,
“Lexis King is actually a cool name. I like the name Lexis King. But I can tell you this also, just like his old man, Brian Pillman used to get heat. He actually got heat with me once upon a time back in WCW. That’s another story. I see the apple don’t fall too far from the tree because I saw him with a poster him and Riddle. His a** about to get fired before he gets started just like his old man [laughs]. You know, so, I’m just saying. I’m just saying [laughs],”
While Booker T’s remarks were delivered in a lighthearted manner, they shed light on the unique challenges and expectations that come with carrying the legacy of a famous wrestling parent. The wrestling world is filled with stories of second-generation stars who have had to navigate the intricate balance between honoring their family heritage and forging their own paths.
Lexis King, known for his tenure in the independent wrestling circuit and a brief stint with AEW, has entered the Stamford-based company under the guidance of Triple H and the NXT brand. With his wrestling pedigree and a famous last name, expectations are high for the rising star. However, wrestling veteran EC3, also known as Ethan Carter III, suggests that King will need to refine his approach to thrive within the WWE system.
In a recent statement, EC3 shared his perspective on Lexis King, acknowledging his appreciation for the young wrestler’s unique personality. He described King as “a very eccentric personality” who exudes confidence and pride. While these qualities can be endearing and captivating, they may require some refinement to navigate the intricacies of the WWE environment effectively.
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“Yeah, a couple of times on the indies and things like that. I like him [Brian Pillman Jr.], but he is a very eccentric personality. I think he should be requiring to hone in if he’s going to get through that [WWE] system. Eccentric. Just loud, proud, you know, which I enjoy in people.”
The intriguing encounter between Lexis King and Matt Riddle in the dynamic world of professional wrestling is just one of many fascinating developments in the ever-evolving landscape of WWE NXT. It remains to be seen how Lexis King’s career will unfold, and whether he can successfully carve out his own legacy in the world of sports entertainment.