Booker T: The family was really proud of us. Of course, people started asking for money. [Laughs.] But, it was something: the two brothers in the family made it. So, it was a happy moment, especially when my brother and I got to wrestle in front of my family in Dallas, Texas. Back in the day in Global (Championship Wrestling), half of my family lived in Dallas.
So, they got a chance to come to the shows and see our matches and see us in a different light, from a different perspective. But, I don't think even then they thought we were going to go as far as we actually did. No one did except for my brother and I probably.
WrestlingINC: You guys actually found success pretty early on. You were paired with Sensational Sherri a year after you debuted. How did that end up happening?
Booker T: They tried out a lot of different people at that time and Sherri wasn't even really on the radar. I think Hogan was one of the guys that was instrumental in giving us our big push and putting Sherri with us at the same time.
It was a great pairing and for things to turn out the way they did because we knew being with Sherri was going to catapult us into a different light. Sherri had been with nothing but champions and great superstars. She always enhanced who she was with. So, we knew we had a chip in the game when we finally got paired up with Sherri Martel.
WrestlingINC: It was definitely a springboard. What were your thoughts when WCW started transitioning you into a singles career?
Booker T: Well, it was only an evolution, something that was going to happen sooner or later. My brother actually got hurt and that's when I started doing more singles wrestling. He tore a muscle in the bottom of his foot and he was sidelined for a while. So, I got a chance to do singles wrestling and I turned out to be pretty good and they saw they could really do something with me at that time.
My brother and I had ten tag team championships by that time, so it was only fitting for me to move on and see how far I could go. My brother blessed me to go for it and that's what I did. Not thinking about titles or nothing like that, but just wanting to go out there and be the best singles wrestlers I could possibly be.
WrestlingINC: You were definitely one of the biggest stars during the boom period of the business with the Monday Night Wars and everything. How competitive was it with WWF when you were over there in WCW?
Booker T: It was very competitive. It wasn't just competitive with WWE at the time, it was competitive for me with the guys in the locker room. Being better than those guys was my main, primary objective. I wasn't thinking about WWE or anything like that. I was just thinking about being the best on my roster and moving up the ladder in that department and proving I belonged. So, I was in a battle with myself more than anything.
WrestlingINC: It was so star-studded back then that you and Bill Goldberg were really the only two that rose up the ranks of that loaded roster. What do you credit for being able to make it to the top?
Booker T: You've got to be able to think on your own, you've got to be creative. You can't be willing to take a backseat. The guys who have been popular and have made a name for themselves in this business have always been, first and foremost, talent. They studied their craft, they knew exactly what it took to go out there and be the best in the ring.
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