Booker T has given his thoughts on the need to bring back legends and stars of yesteryear to work with Roman Reigns as the current WWE roster lacks credible contenders for The Tribal Chief.
Reigns has been on a tear on Friday Night SmackDown since he returned to WWE at SummerSlam 2020. Now aligned with special counsel Paul Heyman and with at least one The Usos by his side Reigns has had one of the most dominant title reigns in recent memory.
At WrestleMania 37 Reigns defended his WWE Universal Championship against two men who both came back from medically enforced retirement in Edge and Daniel Bryan. Bryan had been a more consistent competitor since his return to the ring in 2018 but Edge hadn’t been seen for months before he returned to win the 2021 men’s Royal Rumble. After Reigns stacked and pinned both men in the main event of WrestleMania 37, Edge had not been seen on WWE TV until his shocking return on SmackDown. The Rated-R Superstar will now get his one-on-one match with Reigns at Money In The Bank.
According to two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T speaking on his Hall Of Fame podcast, he understands why Edge is back to challenge Reigns. He also says “the old school ain’t dead” among rumours of both John Cena and The Rock being lined up to face Reigns in the future.
Booker T stated:
“Edge is trying to finish this thing more than anything. I can feel where he’s coming from, was it one of those eyebrow raisers? I think so, I think the people was like ‘aww yeah, we’ve got something here.’ One thing about the old school man is it ain’t dead yet. That’s why a lot of times we keep having to go back to it in certain ways.”
“That’s why there’s still a lot of chatter about ‘Is John Cena coming back? Is John Cena going to have one last match?’ All the talk about ‘John Cena sucks,’ and people still want to see him. The Rock, right now if The Rock were to come back and have a match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, don’t think it’s not going to be sold out with people hanging from the rafters. That’s the thing man, that’s the thing right there, the old school, it ain’t dead. Edge right now getting himself in the best possible shape he can, going out there saying ‘Hey man, let’s run this back.’ I like that, let’s see exactly what Edge still has left in the tank because we all know, we all know this is Edge’s last hurrah.”
Booker can see no better time for Edge to potentially have his last hurrah in wrestling just as crowds begin to come back to shows on a full-time basis:
“Right now, Roman’s been dominant man, he’s been a dominant champion. And I like that, I like everything about the way Roman has been going out and performing, putting himself in a position where it might happen and Roman saying ‘nah’ and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Roman is dominant right now and I like everything he’s been doing, he’s giving the people some good storytelling and that’s what I like about the business more than anything.”
“Having someone like Edge, he’s from the old school, he’s a storyteller, we’ll see how this thing plays out. It’s Edge’s last hurrah and there’s no better time than to do it right now when the crowd is just getting back into buildings. If I could be frank, honestly there’s not a whole lot of contenders out there right now.”
On the subject of contenders, Booker T was critical of the current WWE roster as he says there are a lack of contenders to face Reigns in stark contrast to the late eighties when WWE’s main man Hulk Hogan had his choice of legitimate battles.
“That’s what I’m talking about, there’s not a whole lot of contenders out there. Whose fault is that? Don’t blame me, first of all, I don’t want to see on Twitter ‘There aren’t a bunch of contenders out there,’ don’t blame me! I’m not on the roster.
“For me from the outside, I look at this like a boxing match or a boxing division, who’s in the division? Who do I got to look at and say ‘Who’s my next guy [for Roman Reigns]?’ Back in the day, Hogan had [Paul] Orndorff, he had the Barbarian, he had [King Kong] Bundy, he had Andre The Giant, Big John Studd. He had a bunch of contenders and a bunch of stars. That’s what I say right there. Where are the contenders?”
According to recent comments from Roman Reigns, there is one man on the WWE roster he can see himself passing the torch to, but not for a while.