They say a wrestler’s character should have a lot of themself in it. That can be hard to do in WWE with so many writers and producers telling talent how to perform. Now, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has discussed when he had to tell Vince McMahon to let him be himself.
On the Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T opened up about how if he couldn’t be himself he would lose his mind. Sure enough, McMahon let him and the rest is history. Here is the quote, courtesy of Fightful:
“I remember, coming to the WWE, I had so many agents telling me so many different things, I was about to lose my mind. I went to Vince McMahon and I said ‘Listen, man. I’ve been doing this for quite some time. I’ve got this agent telling me this and this one telling me this and this one calling me back, I’m about to lose my mind. If you don’t mind, if I can just go out there and do my stuff. If I don’t put behinds in seats, just fire me because I know I’m going to get fired doing it their way.’
He said, ‘Do your stuff.’ From that day on, man, I just started doing my stuff, going out and feeling the people. In WWE coming from WCW, like I talk to my students all the time, you gotta know how to make it in the locker room before you have a chance of making it in the ring. For me, I left all my baggage and accolades in WCW and I said let’s start over, and let’s make it work. 20 years later, I’m still here.”
Booker T was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame once as a singles competitor in 2013. He was then inducted again as a member of Harlem Heat in 2019.