On the December 13 edition of WWE NXT, Roxanne Perez defeated Mandy Rose to win the NXT Women’s Championship.
Perez’s former trainer, Booker T, had recently spoken about his emotional reaction to her win, saying:
“To see her go out there and win that match, which carved her a little piece of history, that’s awesome.”
Now Perez herself has praised the WWE Hall of Famer for his influence on her career.
On After the Bell with Corey Graves, Perez explained:
“When I was 16 I started traveling on Greyhounds to Houston to go train with Booker T and that helped me coming into WWE, because at Booker T’s it’s still the independent scene but it’s a little different.”
Booker T and Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman own and run the Reality of Wrestling training school.
Sharmell is best known as Queen Sharmell from her 2005 run in WWE.
She also performed for WCW as the Nitro Girl Storm and in TNA.
Perez would go on to say:
“He has the whole setup: You’re working cameras, you’re working for TV because he has his YouTube channel, so starting that at 16 years old helped so much coming here to WWE because I had to learn.
“I’ve got to wrestle, but I’ve got to be wrestling for this camera and that camera and all of those little things.”
Speaking of the “big influence” of Booker T and Sharmell at such a young age, Perez concluded:
“Him and Sharmell were always so good and sweet to me –- especially because they knew I was 16 and on my own, so they took care of me like a kid.
“They helped me so much with the wrestling aspect but also just in life, like how to be a good person and whatnot…he honestly is like a dad.”
After her win, Roxanne Perez also commented that she “burst into tears and they were real tears.”
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