Booker T has revealed what he believes to be the best run of his entire career.
When your in-ring career lasts more than two decades, takes you all over the world and lands you in what were the two biggest promotions in the world at the time, as well as the WWE Hall of Fame, it’s fair to say there must have been a lot of high-points.
Speaking on a recent episode of his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T reflected on some of these high-points, as well as the upcoming WWE Hall of Fame induction of his wife Sharmell.
The pair met back in the late 1990’s where they both worked for WCW. After leaving WCW Sharmell headed to WWE where she was training to become a full-time in-ring performer. However, her wrestling career was over before it properly began after she suffered a serious knee injury.
Despite this, she later debuted on the main roster as a valet for her now real-life husband Booker T. Following a win in the 2006 King of the Ring tournament, the pair became known as “King Booker” and “Queen Sharmell.” The couple remained together on-screen until they left WWE in 2007, later reappearing in TNA.
Reflecting on his wife’s career, Booker explained that Vince McMahon was always a fan of her work.
“The thing is, Sharmell was one of Vince’s favourites. He definitely always loved Sharmell’s work,” he claimed. “And I think Sharmell even more so than myself. You know a couple, and you think they like you, you think the people around you like you. Then you realize later on in life, just say for instance, you and your wife got divorced, and none of those guys like you anymore.
“You realize they liked your wife a whole lot more than they actually liked you. I’m serious. I think Sharmell has always had that effect with people, man. Everybody has always loved Sharmell for what she has brought to the table more than anything. She’s always been genuine, it’s no play-acting with Sharmell.”
The two-time Hall of Famer went on to reveal that his run as “King Booker” was the best of his career.
“The wrestling side didn’t turn out for her because she blew her knee out down there training in the WWE at OVW. Then, of course, the creation of King Booker. I tell people all the time, that was my best run, that was my most fun run in the business. None of it would ever have happened if it wasn’t for Sharmell,” he said. “Because the King of the Ring tournament was not built for me to become the greatest king in the history of the King of the Ring tournament. It wasn’t built for that at all. It was built around Sharmell, and I had a moment there.
Sharmell is scheduled to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Booker T as part of the Class of 2022 which includes The Undertaker and Vader.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.