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Booker T Talks Brock Lesnar’s MMA Suspension, Compares it to The Rock’s Situation with WWE

WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T has released another episode of his Houston Sports Radio 610 radio show Heated Conversations: Hosted By Booker T. You can check out the highlights here:

On Lesnar’s MMA suspension:

“Well, I’ll tell you, me personally, being an athlete, I’m always going to go out and represent. I’m going to go out there and fight fair and square. Now, Brock went out [and] he did something wrong, right? In the fight game, if you do something wrong, you should get punished for it. Am I right or wrong? $250,000, a year suspension, and what else? And they took the win away from [the] Mark Hunt [fight]. Okay. This is the way I look at it, right here. Brock Lesnar made $2.5 million minus $250,000, that’s $2.25 [million], and a vacation for a year. He probably wasn’t coming back [to UFC] for a year anyway. Do you know what I mean? And to take away my win from Mark Hunt, I’d take that. Do you know what I’m saying? Do you know what I mean? If I did something wrong, yeah, alright, I’ll take that. ‘Do you know what? Hold the check and just take out what you guys [want] and just give me the rest of it. Do you know what I mean? That’s cool.'”

On comparisons to The Rock’s WWE situation:

“Well, I think if anything a portion [of Lesnar’s purse] should have [gone to Hunt]. A portion of it should have gone to Mark Hunt, perhaps $500,000 just to square everything up, just make everybody happy, but for Brock to still walk away with $2.25 [million] after something like that, some of the guys in that locker room that [have] been fighting for many, many years, they’ve got to be pretty upset by it. But the one thing I’ve always said is they can be upset all they want. Brock Lesnar’s a draw. People talk about when The Rock comes back for WrestleMania, all the young guys in the locker room are going to be upset. And I always say, ‘when you guys in the locker room can start selling out WrestleMania, then you can start talking. Until then, keep your mouth shut! You’re going to get a check at the end of the day!'”

(All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)

  • pitfallharry219

    The one problem I have with that comparison is that The Rock had his chances to make his name. In the mid to late 90s, WWE didn’t have the luxury of bringing back older stars to take away PPV spots. They couldn’t go out and bring back Hogan, Savage, Warrior, Andre, and the like, so guys like HBK, Austin, Bret, Rock, HHH, and Undertaker were given opportunities to take the top positions without having to worry about past stars coming in and taking paydays away from them.