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Booker T Says Spinaroonie Made People See His Talent & Not His Race

Booker T makes his entrance

Booker T has recalled the details of how he first came up with his iconic Spinaroonie taunt.

Speaking on Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw, the podcast of JBL and Gerald Brisco, the WWE Hall of Famer revealed how he used the move during their Global Wrestling Federation debut.

“Let me tell you how the Spinaroonie really became a part of my my schtick, and I really realised it had a whole lot of power. Just that one move. My brother and I, we made our debut in the Global Wrestling Federation, and we were working these two guys. I don’t know why I can’t remember these guys names, but it was an eye-opening experience.”

Booker T went on to say he had never really dealt with racism before that event, despite it being a short drive from his hometown.

“I grew up in Texas, I was born in Louisiana and I never dealt with racism a whole lot, coming up as a kid or anything like that. Of course I knew about it. Of course I saw it. Of course it was there in my face, but it just never had hit me like it had hit me on this night, our debut in Dallas, Texas.

“Just a 250-mile ride from Houston. And I was like, ‘Wow,’ it seemed like I was at a different country being in the Sportatorium. And my brother and I, we got called everything that night. We got called the N-word. We got called everything you could possibly name and we were in the ring.”

The WWE Hall of Famer went on to say the footage of the night opened his eyes to the power of the move.

“My brother in law was taping it. He had one of those old camcorders and he was taping it. And you could hear everybody talking crazy and saying bad things, and I did the Spinaroonie and this one redneck was by my brother in law. He said, ‘Oh my God, what was that?’ It literally…

“It was only about 150 people in the arena that night. And from that 150 people, it grew to, you know, 2000-3000 people a week. And everybody in that arena was there for the experience, they had become huge fans.”

The Harlem Heat star said people didn’t look at his race, but his talent due to the move.

“And I just saw how, you know, one move could change a whole people to look at you a totally different way, not to look at your race, but look at your talent. And I was like, ‘Wow.’ And the night we left the Sportitorium on our way to WCW, the whole crowd was in the parking lot, and so many people cried when we left that night.

“It was amazing. So that’s what the Spinaroonie taught me, man. It just taught me the power of, you know, don’t fight back, you know, sometimes with your hands, you know, just go and deliver, you know, and maybe that’ll work.”

Booker T recently told Metro.co.uk about other WWE Superstars trying to mimic his iconic move and says D-Von Dudley was the best imitator while the WWE Chairman and the giant Big Show, not so much: recounted an incident after a television taping went off the air when he spent an age trying to get The Undertaker – not famed for his in-character jollity – to pull off the move:

“Trying to get The Undertaker to do the spinaroonie an hour after we’d gone off the air was a moment that’s gonna be stuck in my mind forever because we had so much fun.”

“I think I was crying the whole time we were trying to get it done. And the fans, man – more importantly, the fans they stayed there all the way to the end. They could’ve got in their cars and got up out of there.”

The show was over, and all of those fans stayed there just to be a part of that party. And that party still today is so memorable to so many people – especially the ones that were there.”

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