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“Booker T Was Never Perceived As Too Dangerous To Book” – Jim Ross

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‘Good Ol’ JR’ Jim Ross has spoken out about whether or not Booker T was a dangerous worker after injuring three performers in a very short space of time.

In 1998, the former tag team competitor reigned as WCW Television Champion and defended his gold against all-comers including men like Perry Saturn and Chris Kanyon. However, during these bouts – which occurred over two consecutive weeks on January 11 and January 18, 1998 – the tag team specialist was accused of injuring both men.

Causing Perry Saturn to suffer a concussion, Booker T accidentally dropped Kanyon on his head when attempting a powerbomb from the top rope, witnessed by Jim Ross and Conrad Thompson during a watch along of the show on the former’s Grilling JR Podcast.

When asked about if the former five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion was dangerous inside the ring, Jim Ross stated that he was never perceived as such throughout his career:

“Well Booker certainly didn’t need more training. It could be certain moves that he was trying to do that just weren’t gelling. I don’t know how much of that is Booker and how much of that is Kanyon to answer that question. Booker was never perceived as too dangerous to book. Never. But you know, it’s a physical game.”

Saturn and Kanyon weren’t the only casualties of the master of the spinaroonie. During a bout with Rick Martel later in 1998, the star was partly responsible for the legend having to eventually retire when a botched hip toss caused Martel to tear a knee ligament mid-match. The pair worked the remainder of the bout on the fly.

Credit for the interview: Grilling JR Podcast.