During this week’s episode of “The Hall of Fame,” Booker T gave his thoughts on the back and forth between Eric Bischoff and CM Punk, and shared whether or not he feels Sunny should be removed from the WWE Hall of Fame.
Eric Bischoff recently gave his opinion of AEW tweeting, ‘Better storytelling equals growth. If AEW ever wants to get the other 900 fans in the room, they need to stop booking for one small segment of the audience.’ CM Punk then responded with saying, “Wrestling Twitter needs to stop amplifying all the old head, bad faith, bad take, carny dip sh*ts. They had their moment in the sun. Let them die in the dark with their ego podcast. Quote me.”
Booker T was asked if he thinks Bischoff was being critical or just giving his critique:
“Well, I think Eric Bischoff was just making a comment more than anything, and those are his thoughts about the wrestling business and that wrestling company. For him to be able to say that on a show that people want to hear about, I think it’s open for Eric Bischoff to actually do that,” he said.
“I don’t think Bischoff threw anybody’s name out or anything like that. He was just talking about the growth of that company, and how he thinks from a managerial perspective how we may need to get there, trying to reach out to everybody.”
“A lot of those people that he’s talking about are kids, which a lot of times AEW pretty much doesn’t cater to a lot of kids. They cater to their core audience and that’s fine.”
“But for CM Punk to come back on him the way he did, and not just come back on him, that was a blanket statement. That wasn’t just at Eric Bischoff. That was a blanket statement. Personally, I’m about calling people out to their face. If somebody’s got something to say to me, say it in my face, or say it directly to me. Direct that quote to me and we’ll talk about it when we see each other, or I’m always down for a celebrity fight, or anything like that. I’m serious. I’m dead serious right now,” Booker T said.
“If somebody’s got something to say, say it. Don’t try to say it like people on Twitter that you can’t see their face and they’re just talking. Say it and say it directly to those people that you’re talking about because I’m 57 and I got a podcast. If you got something to say about my podcasts, or me, actually having comments about the wrestling business, a business that I’ve been in for over 30 years, that I love a whole lot, that’s given me everything that I have today, we got a problem with that as well, because I feel like I have the knowledge, first and foremost, to talk about it more so than most. I’ve reached a very high level in this wrestling business.”
Bill DeMott and Mark Henry recently said that Sunny should be removed from the Hall of Fame. Booker T was asked to give his thoughts on this situation:
“In this situation here, I can’t even state how hard it’s got to be for Bill DeMott. I’m sure that’s something that he wakes up with every day for the rest of his life. That’s something that he’s going to have to wake up with, so I can’t even go there with him having his feelings about what should happen. I get it. I understand it. So, I’m not going to sit here and downplay his feelings or anything like that.”
“As far as Tammy being removed from the Hall of Fame, that’s going to be one for debate. For me, I’m not looking for reasons to remove somebody from the WWE Hall of Fame. That’s just me personally. I don’t think removing her from the WWE Hall of Fame is going to hurt or help her in any way. Me personally, I don’t even know what would be the meaning of it?”
“What’s going on in her life right now, people can say what they want to say about it. But I do know alcoholism is something very, very difficult to kick. I mean, drugs in general. You think crack addicts can jump off crack at the drop of a hat. No, it’s not like that. I’ve been around drugs my whole life, and I’ve seen it destroy people. I’ve seen it ruin people. The thing is the people that were using the drugs, they could see it ruining them as well and they still couldn’t stop taking it, all the way to the grave. I can’t tell you how many people that I know that’s in the grave because of that,” he continued.
“So, I don’t know. I look at it a lot of different ways. We talk about how Sunny, at this point in life, should be celebrated. But there’s a reason why we’re not celebrating her and it’s because of all of the stuff that she’s gone through, and she’s put herself through all of that stuff. Seemed like, you know, honestly, God forbid, thank God it hasn’t happened, but if Sunny was one of the names that came up as one of the people that we had lost in the last few years, no one would be surprised. Not one person. No one. So you know, I get it both ways.”
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