Booker T has responded to suggestions that comments on his podcast are simply “hot takes,” explaining that his opinions should be seen as “constructive criticism.”
Booker T is a two-time WWE Hall of Famer, six-time World Champion, 14-time World Tag Team Champion, the most decorated competitor in WCW, and not afraid to voice an opinion.
After winding down his in-ring career, the former World Champion moved to the commentary booth, later appearing on WWE’s panel shows while launching his own podcast. On the podcast, Booker T has garnered a reputation for not holding back when giving his opinion, both good and bad. While he has previously taken aim at the likes of CM Punk, Tony Khan and Malakai Black, he has also spoken positively about stars such as Bron Breakker.
During a new interview with the NotSam Wrestling podcast, Booker T opened up about his reputation for “hot takes.” The former WCW star said that his comments come from a place of wanting to see talent do better and move to the next level, and should be seen as constructive criticism.
“If those guys call me, I’ll let them know exactly what I was saying. This is not the first time I’ve had a hot take. If you hear me say something, it’s always going to be constructive criticism.
It’s always going to be from the perspective of, I’m giving you a message, but I’m not going to go out and bury you like a lot of people would. I’m saying something from a constructive criticism perspective so you can come to me and say, ‘Book, what are you talking about?’ Make me understand what you were talking about,’ and I’ll tell them exactly what I’m talking about, and trust me, it will benefit them 100% and make them so much better than the Internet chatter of people telling them ‘do this and do that.’ I know I can help.
Without any shadow of a doubt, anybody that I’ve talked about, from Naomi to CM Punk, if you want to know what I’m talking about, you have my phone number, call me and I’ll tell you exactly what I’m talking about because I’ve done it. I have no axe to grind and I don’t have any reason to hurt anyone. I want to see everybody come up.
That’s why I have a wrestling school and have had one for the last 17 years. That’s a labour of love. I could have been on the beach. I do it because I love it. Every guy I talk about it because I want to see them do better and make it to that next level just like I did. It’s an awesome feeling,”
Booker T began his wrestling career in the late 1980’s before joining WCW in 1993. He remained with the company until it was brought by WWE in 2001. Booker immediately joined WWE debuting at King of the Ring. Alongside his wife Sharmell he later enjoyed a stint in TNA/IMPACT Wrestling from 2007 until 2010. The Hall of Famer returned to WWE in 2011.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.