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Booker T Talks About the Transition from Wrestler to Announcer

Booker T recently did an interview for the Miami Herald. In the interview he talks about the upcoming Royal Rumble, his status for the event, his journey into commentary, and more. Here are a few highlights from the interview:

On returning to the WWE and being a part of the commentary team:
“I’ve worked so hard to get to this position in my career. I never in a million years thought it would be so great. Being able to be out there and watch the young guys, the guys of the future, the guys who are going to have to carry WrestleMania’s for the next 15 years, that’s really awesome.” … “I knew I wanted to wrap up my in-ring career. I wanted to get away from that. There comes a time when you got to pass the torch, and when I came back, it’s been great. I never thought it would be as good as it’s been this last year. It’s been awesome.”

When asked who he would throw over the top rope:
“I wish I could throw Michael Cole over. He falls on his head, forgets who he is, forget he’s a broadcater and go work somewhere else, or stay at home.” … “Michael Cole can be a headache sometimes, but he really has brought me along,” Booker T said. “Vince McMahon has helped me so many times. Josh Matthews. These guys have helped me hone my craft. It’s a learning process, just like being in the middle of that ring. You have to goout there and re-tool all over again.”

  • Diesel

    I actually really like Booker on commentary, I’d quite happily have him do it on a regular basis over listening to Michael Cole (who I’ve never really been a fan of ever since he came in in like 97). I get that he’s meant to be a heel, but god damn.. burying basically everybody and acting like he is does NOT make you a good heel.

    Take Jerry Lawler in the mid 90’s for example, he was a great heel announcer & puts Michael Cole to shame, I still remember the time he called Goldust a fag but obviously now because it’s a family friendly show you obviously wouldn’t be able to get away with it.

  • Moo

    I cannot understand jive.

  • Jason

    Chet Lemon the former Detroit Tiger ????? WTF lol

    100% agree with Devil Rising. Cole was good but he’s too far gone with this heel kick unless there’s an “injury” then he reverts back to normal.

  • Jon

    Lemon and Snow were TNA’s single greatest announcing team of all time.

  • Devil_Rising

    Wrong. Cole USED to be okay, before he started this heel kick. Even then, he could get damn annoying. Taz was a better announcer. Booker T, at least, is entertaining. Cole and his retarded comments, are not.

    But you know, with the exception of JR (at times), to me, nobody beats Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse Ventura, and Bobby the Brain Heenan as the greatest announcers of all time.

  • jim

    Whoop out the ear wax and you would hear

  • Whooper

    Sorry, but Cole owns Booker T every week. 80% of the time I have no idea what Booker T is trying to say.