Booker T gives clarity on his new role with NXT after WWE shakeup.
Last week, WWE confirmed several changes to their weekly programming announce booths with Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and premium live events each having new announce teams going forward.
NXT will see the return of Booker T as he joins Vic Joseph at the commentary desk. On a recent episode of his “Hall Of Fame” podcast, Booker T said he was not expecting this opportunity:
“You got to always stay ready just so you don’t have to get ready.”
Further discussing the new role, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer was full of praise for long-time announcer Michael Cole:
“If it wasn’t for him none of this would be possible, and that’s Michael Cole, man, Michael Cole has been my guy for quite some time, man. He’s been in my corner. So I just want to thank Michael Cole for making this all happen.”
Booker was also keen to point out that he does not see himself as a commentator, stating:
“I’m not a commentator, I will be coming in as an analyst, critiquing these guys trying to see where the money actually really is. Who may be the next-level NXT superstar and the quality that they bring to the table.”
The multi-time champion appeared to suggest he would be advising talent behind the scenes too:
“I will be an advisor in certain aspects of guys. I’m all about trying to show these young guys what it takes to work at the top of the card.”
Booker T will be replacing Wade Barrett, who is taking over from Pat McAfee on WWE Smackdown after he went on a temporary hiatus to join ESPN’s “College Gameday.” Michael Cole has retained his Smackdown hosting duties.