After Booker T addressed the #NaomiDeserves Better trend on Twitter, there has been some back-and-forth between the two, with others such as Sasha Banks weighing in. As a reminder, Booker expressed that he was not a fan of these movements and said nobody ‘deserves’ a chance, and that you have to earn it and your spot on the roster.
On his latest podcast, Booker addressed the situation with Naomi, and also Sasha Banks:
“I said to hell with all of these hashtags. That’s what I said. Maybe because I am old school and I can’t see myself, back in the day, we did have the dirt sheets and could have easily got in the dirt sheets by saying something. I just couldn’t see myself using social media on that platform to try to move up in the business and especially if you’re talented.
“I said Naomi is probably the most athletic female in the locker room and perhaps anywhere in the world as far as the wrestling business goes, but as far as making it to the level, it is channels you gotta go through, it is a learning curve and really in-depth studying you have to go through to actually get to that point. Trust me, it doesn’t happen by accident just because you can go out and do a back flip or a big move. It’s not about the moves guys! It’s really not. I always think about what was told of me by guys like Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboats and that stuff it resonated.
“Anybody out in the world that’s trying to get into this business, if you think someone like Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat cannot help you learn this business better, even still today, okay. That’s your opinion…
“I’m gonna end it on this. If you think I can’t help you at all and that’s all I’m trying to do is help you get to the next level. You think the guys on the Internet, on social media can help you more than I do, go that route. I’m gonna leave it at that…
“You know what it is, man? The truth hurts. The only thing I said more importantly than anything, the hashtag, the social media platform like ‘let’s rally behind this cause’ – you know what, man? The reason I say that, is I think she’s better than that. That’s why and if you don’t see that, I can’t do anything about that, but I just don’t think that’s the route one would want to take and get to that level and then look back and say, ‘Man, the movement was great,’ as opposed to ‘Damn it, I broke all barriers and I did everything I possibly could to do it and if I didn’t do it, hey, so be it,’ but I’m not fitting to get on social media and let social media be what drives me to be the best one in that locker room, male or female.”
H/T @DominicDeAngelo of WrestleZone
Naomi responded to the comments, Booker T thanked her, and it seems the air is now settled between the two:
I appreciate that. I’m only ever here to help and if there’s any way I can, the offer will always stand! https://t.co/UELwM0RpWn
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) July 24, 2020