Booker T Claims WWE “Missed The Moment” With Rising Star

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WrestleMania 39 was a star-studded blockbuster event, but according to Booker T, WWE missed the mark when it comes to one of its young stars.

The opening match of night two saw Omos go head to head with Brock Lesnar in the opening bout. Though the Nigerian Giant was impressive in delivering offense to The Beast Incarnate during the early part of the match, Lesnar soon evened the score, delivering a number of German suplexes to his behemoth opponent. In the end, Lesnar pinned Omos following an F5, ending the bout in just under five minutes.

Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T explained that while he understand the story direction of Lesnar going on to turn heel and start a program with Cody Rhodes, he believes WWE had the opportunity to make Omos into something special and missed the moment on the night.

“To have someone like Brock Lesnar to help him [Omos] grow, I thought that could’ve been a good thing but obviously they’ve got other plans, with Brock, you know, doing the thing with Cody Rhodes. Maybe Brock and Cody look like they’re gonna mix it up. Cody may have to go through Brock to go to the next level — I get it. But I did think that was a moment that we could’ve really made Omos the ‘ultimate giant.’ Yeah, I think we missed the moment.” (h/t WrestlingInc)

Booker T Wasn’t A Fan Of Bron Breakker Vs. Carmelo Hayes At NXT Stand & Deliver

Elsewhere on the podcast, Booker discussed the main event of NXT Stand & Deliver on April 1st, saying while he believes Carmelo Hayes was the right man to win the bout, he doesn’t believe the match between him and Bron Breakker had the intensity and feeling that could have pushed it to the next level.

“As far as the match goes, on a scale of one to ten, I give it a six. I’m not going to go too higher than a six just because I know what I’m looking for. If you’re a gymnast, and you’re doing the vault, what am I looking for? Most important thing in the vault? I’m looking to see if these guys stick the dismount. I’m still looking, still waiting. Did they go out there and perform? Yes, they did. I just thought they were walking their way through it as opposed to feeling their way through it.

“I thought it could have been a lot better. Do I think the right guy won? Yeah. What they did on Tuesday with Bron Breakker turning heel, I like that. I like Bron Breakker better as a heel. He should have started out as a heel, but with him having the pedigree, background, and name, you jumpstart him as a babyface, I get that too. I’m from the school that, you put him out there as a heel first and it teaches him everything he needs to know about being a babyface because he’s working babyfaces.” (h/t Fightful)