Booker T has drawn a comparison between AEW and WCW, commenting that Tony Khan’s company gives fans “good old fashion professional wrestling.”
Speaking in a new interview, Booker T has offered his opinion on the respective merits of both WWE and AEW.
While WWE has been the undoubted king of the professional wrestling landscape since the downfall of WCW, AEW has recently risen to be a competitive alternative. Although the relatively new company obviously has a long way to go to match the sports entertainment giant, they boast an impressive roster, hosting the likes of Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page.
Furthermore, AEW has also become home to a number of former WWE stars such as Bryan Danielson, CM Punk and Jon Moxley to name but a few.
Speaking in a new interview with Forbes, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T offered his opinion on both promotions. The former World Champion noted that WWE are “leaps and bounds” ahead in certain areas, with AEW more akin to WCW, as it focuses more on the in-ring action.
“Of course, WWE has always been leaps and bounds ahead as far as packaging. Making wrestlers look like superstars on film. That’s just something that they’ve always done very, very well. Storytelling in WWE has been really, really good also .But then you look at AEW, and I kind of look at AEW like WCW back in the day. Kinda.
Before the Monday Night Wars, WCW was a wrestling company. The only thing we did was wrestle. The storylines didn’t really matter as much as the wrestling, and I think that’s what AEW focuses on and does very well at certain times is go out and give the fans good old fashion professional wrestling,”
Despite this, Booker explained that he didn’t think AEW was superior, pointing the talents of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say [AEW is superior] because you’ve got guys in WWE that are really, really good entertainers. Really, really good performers outside of the ring, and then you look at them in the ring—just say, for instance, a Seth Rollins who’s been playing this Riddler character for the past year or so, but then you put Seth Rollins in a position where he’s gotta go out and give you a five-star match. He’s gonna do it. Finn Balor, you put him in a position, Roman Reigns, they’re gonna do it. So I think the talent is there on both sides, I just must say both are different,”
Since retiring from in-ring competition, Booker T launched his own podcast, called Hall of Fame. Speaking on a recent episode, the former WCW star said that he felt Shane McMahon was deserving of a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.