Former five time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Booker T, has orated his belief that Baron Corbin is a better King of the Ring winner than Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In 2019, WWE resurrected the immensely popular King of the Ring tournament over the span of a month across Raw and SmackDown. While there were many notable names seeded in the round robin elimination spectacular, it was Baron Corbin who trumped The Miz, Cedric Alexander, Samoa Joe, Ricochet and Chad Gable to wear the crown and don the King Corbin moniker.
However, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has sat down with Sportskeeda in order to explain why, in his opinion, the former NXT talent is a better winner than the competition’s most famous victor, Stone Cold Steve Austin:
“You know, I’m just keeping it real, outside of myself – King Booker was the most majestic king that has worn the crown, whoever adorned the robe, the royal sceptre, as well as the insignia… there was only one king that I can really think about as far as, you know, stepping up and honestly is King Corbin. No, I’m serious. I appreciate all the Kings that have come along, but Corbin has really taken the role just like I did, he’s believed in the role to create, you know, for me, my own world, the SmackDown world, the SmackDown kingdom. This is something that Corbin has trying to recreate, so I give Corbin… a lot of the guys that wore the robe – they just wore the robe, they just wore the crown. You know I’ve talked to Steve Austin about it and the best kings about it. You know, they got Steve Austin at No. 1 (best King of the Ring poll) and I go, ‘how does this happen?’ That’s what the polls say. Fake polls. I would give King Corbin the rub.”
While Booker T triumphed in the revived 2006 tournament, fans regard Stone Cold Steve Austin as the most successful and popular winner thanks not just to the famous post-match speech which birthed the phrase, ‘Austin 316’, but set the company on an course to worldwide domination.
Credit for the interview and transcription: Sportskeeda