While professional wrestling is an inherently dangerous business, Booker T believes that All Elite Wrestling needs to take more care about the welfare of it’s performers.
Booker’s comments come after Adam Page suffered a concussion on the October 18th edition of AEW Dynamite, and a recent clash between Athena and Jody Threat made headlines for all the wrong reasons. During the bout, Threat appeared to lose her way and slipped at the beginning of what was supposed to be her comeback. This was followed by an exchange where some fans believed Athena had been overly stiff with her opponent.
“She Kicked This Girl So Hard” – Booker T
Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T was critical of the match, and the in-ring style of a number of AEW stars.
“I’m going to tell you, AEW, they are one bad accident away from something really, really being done about what’s going on in that company and people looking at it from a different perspective,”
“She kicked this girl so hard,” Booker said, referring to one spot in the match. “There’s no way you could brace yourself for what I saw. Is it cool? Are the fans loving it? Yeah, yeah, they are loving it. But there’s a reason I’m still walking around today… it’s because I knew how to go out and perform.”
The former World Champion explained that he used to alter his in-ring work significantly depending on whether his match was at a house show, on television or a pay-per-view.
The WWE Hall of Famer then turned his attention to AEW’s fanbase, claiming that they “don’t give a damn” about the wrestlers that they are watching perform.
“They don’t care about those guys in the ring.” “[Wrestlers] are nothing more than toys, a video game for these guys,” Booker said. “If they’re not out there getting a ‘This is Awesome’ chant, they don’t give a damn about these guys going out there getting hurt. They really don’t.”
As part of a recent reshuffle and a return to two-person announce teams, Booker T was unveiled as NXT’s newest commentator alongside Vic Joseph.
H/t to Wrestling Inc