WWE Hall of Famer Booker T discussed some of All Elite Wrestling’s signings on his Heated Conversations podcast. There he said that signing pro wrestlers to the company who were previously in Impact Wrestling will only serve to hurt AEW. He believes Kazarian and Christopher Daniels will cause fans to automatically associate to their past runs in Impact Wrestling.
“Me personally, If I’m gonna have some veterans around, they’re gonna be in the production room,” Booker said. “They ain’t gonna be on the roster, that’s just my opinion. It’s just like [my] Reality of Wrestling [School], I need you to look at this thing differently, I need you to look at it fresh, I need you to look at it from a perspective that has never been seen before.
“And when I see a guy like Kazarian, when I see a guy like Daniels, I see TNA. It’s just a constant reminder. All the rest of these other names – Fenix – and those guys, I’ve never heard of these guys before, man, I wanna check this guy. I wanna see what he’s got. When you say Christopher Daniels, I go, oh, I know what he got. I’ve seen him do the moonsaults a couple times. I’ve seen Kazarian.”
When Chris Jericho was mentioned as an exception, as he is a veteran, who worked in WCW, WWE, and NJPW, Booker T said his star power is what makes the difference.
“Chris Jericho, brings star power. Chris Jericho is like Mick Jagger, you know what I’m saying? When Mick Jagger walk in, man you don’t ask how old is this guy, you go, man that’s Mick Jagger! Man I gotta get an autograph, do you think I could get a picture with him?! You know what I mean? That’s what you think when Mick Jagger walk in and that’s what Chris Jericho brings to the table. Now, not saying that people’s eyebrows don’t raise up when Daniels and Kazarian walk in, but, not like Chris Jericho.”
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.
Check out the entire interview here.