Booker T tells all about COVID-19 experience

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, as the number of cases continues to rise throughout the world. Several wrestlers have contracted the coronavirus and now it seems that includes WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T.



During his Hall Of Fame radio show, Booker T revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 in June. However, he did not know the results of the test until very recently. He revealed that he had never gotten back the results of the initial test, and so he had tested three more times which all came out negative. It was only just recently that he received a call saying the initial test was positive.

Booker T admitted that he was “smart enough” to quarantine himself and then said he lost his sense of taste and smell. He was under the impression he had the flu, but it was far more serious than that.

“I got a call today from the CDC and they told me I have tested positive for the Coronavirus back at the end of June. I never got my result back. But they called me, rest assured, today, to tell me that back at the end of June when I got tested that I tested positive.  I’ve had three tests since then and they all came back negative.  It just goes to show you how bad that we really are with this system that we are working with.  People are finding out if they have this or they don’t.  I’m living proof, thank God that I’m still here.”

“I have a healthy immune system and God spared me on this one, but I could have been one of the nearly 200,000 that didn’t know I had this and I was gone on my way to the next life.  But, it’s bigger than that.  I know what I went through for a couple weeks.  I had headaches.  I had night sweats.  I lost my taste and smell for 2 weeks.  Thank God, I was smart enough to quarantine from the family.  I stayed away from everyone.  I put myself off in the west wing.  I stayed there for a couple weeks until I started feeling better until everything started subsiding.  Even my taste, I waited until that started to come back a little bit before I started mingling with the family.”

“Thank God I did because I could be like the Rock as far as the whole family coming down with something like this.  I have my mother in law with us and that’s something that’s so serious.  I want you to be careful with this.  Thank God I’m working for a company that’s testing me on a regular basis. Guys, take this stuff seriously. I never got that test back.  I remember I was doing Backstage when we were doing a rehearsal.  I told the guys that I’m sorry but my head is banging so bad.  I thought I had a migraine.  I said can I get with you guys later and I’ll be ready for the show.  They said we can give you the night off.  I said, no, I’ll be ready to go.  For me to take a night off and say I can’t go, that’s a rarity.  In the wrestling business, you can’t call in sick.  I’ve never once called from home and said guys, I’m not going to be able to get on the flight today.  That’s never happened in my whole wrestling career and to this day that’s never happened.  I would get there and they may see how bad I’m feeling and then they would say I need to go home.  But, I’m going to make that travel.  I’m going to make that date.”

“When you and I didn’t do the show because I was feeling bad, I was feeling really bad.  That’s why I tell people that they are testing themselves and saying, man, I want to see what it’s like.  I want to go on the Coronavirus ride and it can’t be that bad, trust me, it can be and it could be worse than what I was going through.  The night sweats, waking up with my shirt and my shirt would go from grey to black because the sweat was bad.  I would have to wipe myself down. I wasn’t as afraid perhaps as much as I should have been because I never got the test back.  I thought I had the flu.”

While he is the latest professional wrestler to get COVID-19, he, unfortunately, will not be the last. The fact that it took over three months for him to know the result is also a matter of concern.

Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter has been a huge pro wrestling fan since 2002, and it's been his first love ever since then. He has years of writing experience for all things pro wrestling. His interests outside of wrestling include films, books and soccer.

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