Booker T has compared Big E’s controversial loss at WWE Day 1 to his own controversial defeat to Triple H at WrestleMania 19.
Heading into WrestleMania 19 Booker T earned himself a match against World Heavyweight Champion Triple H after winning a Battle Royal on Monday Night Raw. Going to the match, the champion belittled Booker T’s life and subsequent career in WCW.
With Booker T being the firm fan-favourite, many expected him to triumph over Triple H in Seattle to claim the World Championship. However, despite coming close to victory on numerous occasions, the former WCW star was eventually felled by the Pedigree, much to the dismay of fans around the world.
Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T compared this defeat to the recent loss suffered by Big E at Day 1. On this occasion Big E was pinned by Brock Lesnar after he was added to the match following Roman Reigns testing positive for COVID-19.
Reflecting on the match at Day 1, Booker said that despite it being an emotional situation, it’s all about the show as a whole, rather than one specific moment.
“It’s an emotional thing because Big E lost,” Booker T admitted. “He just got it, ‘why does Big E have to lose?’ But for me, I just never look at it that way. It’s about the show. It’s about going out there and entertaining, it’s about giving the fans those moments to where they are uncomfortable. There again, they’ll wake up this morning and have some emotion for Big E actually losing and really feel for Big E actually losing, as opposed to just another match.”
Looking back to his own defeat to The Game in 2003, Booker T said although it was an emotionally charged angle, it was the right thing to do.
“I remember when I lost to Triple H. People really felt a certain way the next morning because the story was, I should have won. Big E was in a position where a lot of people feel like, ‘man he should have won.’ But there again, he has the chance to come back and redeem himself. Seriously, people still feel a certain way about it,
Because it was an emotionally charged angle,” he said. “To where people, especially of colour, felt like I’ve got to get my hands on him. Booker T’s got to go out there and take care of this piece of business. I totally get it. But, I just think in the grand scheme of things, I really think it was the right thing to do.”
Booker closed by saying that he hopes Big E uses the defeat to push him to another level, and elevate his character.
“Big E really has a chance to elevate himself from this thing,” he said. “Because, the person that should be more ticked off coming out of this thing, the one person that his gears should change coming after this, it should be Big E. The changes that we’ve seen in Big E should be nothing compared to what we see from Big E going forward. Especially with the talent that he’s got around him right now.”
While the call for Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship was clearly a late one, it has since been reported that Big E was always meant to lose his title. The only difference being that it was meant to be Seth Rollins who walked out of Day 1 with the gold.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.