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Booker T Recalls WWE Legend Wanting To “Kill Him” When They First Met

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Booker T has revealed why wrestling legend and NXT stalwart William Regal felt more than a little besmirched by the two-time WWE Hall Of Famer.

Booker T appeared on the Notsam Wrestling Podcast when he discussed his problems from back in his WCW days with William Regal. The five-time WCW Champion recalled walking into a gym one day and getting nothing but a death stare from the Englishman, and that was just the first time they met:

“The first time I met Regal, we almost got into a fight, I swear, the first time. I remember so vividly, it was Main Event gym, Sting and Lex Luger had a gym and my brother and I walk in with Sid Vicious and Regal is walking out the door. I look at Regal, and he looks at me and we look like we want to kill each other.”

“From that point on, we really didn’t have a great relationship, we wasn’t friends, we wasn’t pals, we wasn’t buddies or anything like that.”

Fast forward to 2006 and Regal and Booker T found themselves as part of the same group as Sir William formed part of King Booker’s Court:

“Then, all of a sudden as King Booker we are working together. Man, we had one of the greatest runs ever as far as King of the Ring goes, so you know, he’s a good friend of mine, William Regal now.”

As to the cause of the bad feeling, Booker T thinks his youthful confidence rubbed many of his fellow competitors up the wrong way in the WCW locker room:

“I would say it every time, ‘top that, go and top that.’ I would push the guys in the locker room to work as hard as they could when I was working. I was very braggadocious, William Regal used to want to kill me. I would be in the locker room, one of the youngest guys in there and I would say, ‘I am one of the top five workers in the world.’ That was my slogan, ‘I am one of the top five workers in the world.’ In the locker room, as loud as I could.”

“I believed it, and then I would go in the ring and I felt like I proved it. A lot of people don’t look at my wrestling these days and say, ‘well Booker T was one of the great wrestlers.’ But I tell you, in my day, nobody went out and stole the show from me, bro, nobody. I don’t care who was on the card, I went out and rocked it every night and that’s why the fans still represent the five-time champ today.”

h/t Wrestling Inc.