A former WWE writer has explained the thinking behind Triple H controversially beating Booker T at WrestleMania 19 to retain the World Championship.
At WrestleMania 19 in 2003, Booker T challenged Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship in a one-on-one bout. The match was easily the biggest of Booker’s WWE career at that point and he firmly had the crowd behind him.
The bout continues to spark controversy to this day as the storyline that pitted the two men together was laced with racial undertones, making Triple H’s win over Booker T even more surprising and upsetting for those that witnessed it.
Speaking on 1140 AM, former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz gave his take on the situation and says he was firmly behind crowning a new World Heavyweight Champion:
“I can say I was definitely a proponent of it because, from a storyline standpoint, Booker is the underdog of that match and Triple H is the big bad [guy]. After going through this whole build-up to it, it’s a satisfying payoff to see the hero defeat the villain in that particular case.”
Gewirtz went on to explain that the prevailing mindset was as the match wasn’t the night’s main event, Booker T’s big win might get lost in the shuffle:
“I think that the mindset at the time was that it was the title match that was third or fourth last on the card and the moment would be lost in the totality of the show if we pulled the trigger and named a new champion. Now, I’m not saying that was the smart decision or one that I was necessarily in agreement with at the time, but I think that was the mindset.”