If you weren’t aware, the hashtag #NaomiDeservesBetter began trending on Twitter last week following her loss to Lacey Evans on SmackDown.
The former SmackDown Women’s Champion is widely regarded as one of WWE’s most talented female wrestlers, but is rarely booked well by creative.
However, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T saw the hashtag, and he, as usual, had something to say about it during a recent episode of his podcast.
“‘Naomi deserves a chance.’ They can go to hell with all these hashtags I’m tired of hearing about them. Don’t nobody ‘deserve’ a chance. You have to earn a chance and your spot on the roster, this is not some kind of movement just to pull somebody up just because. I hate to say this because I like Naomi, but as far as the business goes, you get it on your merit alone. There is no buddy system. ‘Well, such and such has a buddy and that’s why they’re doing it.’ That might be true, but life is not fair. Sometimes, you have to make your own breaks and rise to the occasion when no one else thought you could. It may not happen overnight. No one expected me to become a six-time champ, but my persistence of going out there and performing better than all of those suckas in the locker room, and they knew it, and the fans saw something different.
“That’s why I say #NaomiDeservesBetter, I don’t think it serves her any purpose, people advocating for her in that way. The way that needs to be put out there is her advocating for herself and performing at a high level. When you do that, you cannot be denied. No one will ever say you were given anything. If it happened tomorrow, someone blessed Naomi with the World Championship, trust me, it would not feel like she did it on her own. I never would have wanted the World Title if it was given to me that way. Naomi is perhaps more athletic than every female in that locker room, but psychology and working are two different things. If I had my hands on her for one month, Naomi would look at this business a totally different way.”
Unsurprisingly, Naomi had something to say to Booker following his comments, even if it was just a GIF.
— Trinity Fatu (@NaomiWWE) July 22, 2020
Sasha Banks them commented on Naomi’s tweet, saying: “Don’t feed into useless opinions, no matter who they come from. Keep glowing and shining like you always do. You ain’t got nothing to prove to anyone #teambad“.
Stay tuned for the inevitable response from Booker…