Speaking on a recent episode of his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T has recalled the best fights that he’s seen in the locker room.
Backstage fights and ‘shoot’ brawls are the stuff of wrestling folklore. Ever since the creation of professional wrestling its proponents have tried to test the real life toughness of their in-ring rivals. Whether it’s through ego, bravado or plain animosity, clashes between wrestling’s hard men have captured fan’s imaginations for years.
WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has been involved in the wrestling business for more than three decades, and in that time has witnessed for than his fair share of backstage shenanigans.
When asked to name the best fight he had ever seen, the former WCW Champion said that a clash between Earnest “The Cat” Miller and Buff Bagwell immediately sprang to mind. Booker T explained how Bagwell went to land a cheap shot on Miller who was “the real deal,” and came up short.
“Ernest ‘The Cat’ Miller and Buff Bagwell. That was a good one right there… I think Cat Miller was actually dating, not dating, but hanging out with (Buff’s) ex-wife. And Bagwell was pretty hot about it. We were in Sturgis, South Dakota. I’ll never forget it because we were outside at this table. Everything was outside at Sturgis, you know? There was nothing inside because it was an outside show and what not, and we had catering set up outside.”
“I remember Cat Miller sitting down and Buff Bagwell was going to try and sneak shot him. And he came over to sneak shot Ernest ‘The Cat’ Miller! People don’t know man, this dude is like the real deal. Blackbelt Jones, something like that. And he moved so quick on Bagwell, blocked it and was on him so fast. Bagwell couldn’t wait for somebody to break it up. It was one of those types of deals.”
Booker continued, recalling Bagwell getting into another scrape, this time with Diamond Dallas Page. The Hall of Famer explained how the two ended up working themselves into a shoot before they realised they had “ribbed themselves.”
“The best one was Diamond Dallas Page and Buff Bagwell,” Booker said. “They were trying to create an angle and they were acting like they were going to fight in catering. And both of them start jaw jacking back and forth really hard. And then BANG! They start fighting each other. But it was like a worked shoot and nobody broke it up! [laughs]. Finally they stopped and realized they had ribbed themselves. That was the best one of them all.”
Meanwhile, Booker T also recently moved to squash speculation that his match at WrestleMania XIX was cut from a A&E biopic looking back at his career. Booker explained that the content couldn’t have been cut because it was never in the documentary to begin with.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.