Booker T: "I didn't want to work with Batista"
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Two of the protagonists of Friday Night Smackdown of the early 2000s were definitely Batista and Booker T, who at the time became even more famous for his King Booker gimmick, after the athlete won the King of the Ring title eponymous WWE tournament.
At that time, there were also many other great wrestlers on the blue show, such as The Undertaker, Eddie Guerrero, until his death, Rey Mysterio or Edge, with all these big names raging on the blue show rings every week.
Apparently, however, not all relationships between the athletes were idyllic, such as those between Batista and Booker T, with the two not particularly fond of each other and who once even went so far as to fight backstage, in a real brawl, as happened also with Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero or between Bill Goldberg and Chris Jericho, obviously in other contexts, other shows and other times.
In his last post on his personal podcast, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer, Booker T, wanted to talk about that specific juncture, also going to reveal some background on how that famous fight changed the relationship between the two.
Booker T and Batista
In the last episode of his Hall of Fame Podcast, Booker T wanted to bring to mind that famous backstage brawl, in which the two came to blows, with Booker T who, however, revealed after years that: "I've never talked about that incident between Dave and me and anything like that.
We weren't friends or any of that and me and him, we still had to work together. He wasn't someone I particularly wanted to work with, but I'm a professional, just like Daniel Bryan, I'm a professional, I go to work and try to get it done and hopefully, to bring something really good on TV.
I know for a fact that after that incident with him, I think he and I worked a lot better in the ring, really. I think a lot of things have been smoothed out. Maybe before that moment there was no respect between us and therefore also in our matches, but after that I'm sure I brought much more respect to the ring, in our matches."