Five time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Booker T, has spoken out about the criticism of All Elite Wrestling by former WWF Tag Team Champion, Bully Ray.
On a recent edition of Busted Open Radio, the artist formerly known as Bubba Ray Dudley, conducted a deep dive into the glaring issues that AEW currently have which he’s failing to see in the promotion’s competition, NXT. Among the flaws, Bully highlighted the physicality which goes into every match as well the roster not having the work rate of those on WWE’s black and gold brand.
Now, Ray’s former Alliance partner Booker T has taken to his Hall of Fame Podcast in order to address what the Dudley Boy said about AEW, defending the company for doing the best they possibly can in presenting wrestling in a different way:
“Wrestling is so many different things. Wrestling is not MMA, it’s not boxing. Professional wrestling has always been entertainment based. One thing you can rest assured on with AEW is not every match is going to look the same because those guys are a fluctuation of Indy guys and more experienced guys like [Jon] Moxley going to look totally different than some of the other guys. Wrestling is what I always say, to be able to do the same thing everyone else is doing a little different.”
In order to back-up his point, the former wrestling royalty spotlighted TNA – a promotion both men worked for following their WWE careers – and how what they did would have been more relevant in the present had they stuck with what they were doing:
“The six sided ring was different. That’s what attracted you to TNA wrestling back in the day plus the young guys AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. Those guys brought something to the table. AEW, they’re doing the same thing everyone else is doing but they’re trying to make it look a little bit different. With the nucleus of wrestling we have right now, that’s very very important for what you’re trying to create and build. If TNA would’ve stuck to the six sided ring and gave those young guys the ball and let them run, TNA could be huge right now. Back then they were doing 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 [million viewers] in the ratings.
I agree with [Bully Ray] in a lot of aspects, but in this business you’ve got to be able to figure out how to do the same thing everyone else is doing a little bit different, and I think that’s what AEW is doing.”
Currently, master of the Spinaroonie, Booker T, serves as co-host on WWE’s pay-per-view Kickoff Shows and will next be seen on the special two-hour edition prior to the Royal Rumble on January 31.
Credit for the interview: Hall of Fame Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.