Booker T Talks Crazy Night He Won WCW Title, If He Wanted To Leave For WWE, Facing HHH At WM, More
WrestlingINC: Did you ever think about jumping over to WWF at that time?
Booker T: No, I never thought about making the switch because I never really liked working in cold cities. In WCW, they worked the south all the time. They went to cold cities every now and then but it wasn't primarily a world-wide company even though we were World Championship Wrestling.
I wasn't looking forward to going to WWE because I knew they hit every place on the map and I really didn't know if I was ready for it. Then, if it ever happened, I wanted to be prepared for it.
WrestlingINC: What were your thoughts on the final Nitro and finding out that WWF had bought WCW?
Booker T: Man, I knew it was going to happen. I mean, we all knew it was coming. For me, it was just another day at work to be honest. I never really worried about my spot or anything. I never really worried about how talented I was or if I could get in or anything like that. A lot of guys were worried about what was next for them but I knew what was next for me.
I knew that WWE was coming-a-calling and it was time to me to go and prove how good I really thought I was. So, I was willing to do that. I was willing to step right in, leave all my accolades behind and start all over from the bottom and prove that I belonged. So, it was just another day at the office for me.
WrestlingINC: When you signed with WWF, were you still under contract with WCW and you decided to get out of your contract or had your contract expired?
Booker T: Yeah, I was still under contract, I still had like a year left on my contract. I still had a lot of money coming to me, I could have just sat at home and collected money for a whole year and do nothing. But, I chose to take a 50% buy-out just to fly with WWE just so I could get to working. I didn't want to be out of sight, out of mind.
I had so much momentum going; I was the Heavyweight champion, I was United States champ -- I was dual champion, undisputed. So, it was time for me to move on. I thought that sitting out and collecting that money would have been a bad move when I thought that if I just got back into the game, I'd make that money back in no time.
WrestlingINC: When they were doing the WCW revival, it didn't seem planned out that well. How much did you know about what they planned to do with WCW when you signed?
Booker T: No, not at all. I never delved into that part of the business. I never cared about what the company was going to be doing with who or what -- storylines, angles, none of that stuff. I never got involved in that stuff when I was active because it just wasn't important to me. The only thing that was important to be was what my role was that night and that was it. Then, I would go out at do that, make sure I concentrated on getting that done. The rest of it pretty much just fell into place.
WrestlingINC: That year, you headlined SummerSlam against The Rock. It was the only time the WCW Heavyweight title was defended in the main event of a WWF pay-per-view. You've been involved in so many landmark moments. In WCW, you were the last ever U.S. champion/Heavyweight champion, headlined SummerSlam with The Rock. How do you keep your head on straight with all of those accolades, all the titles and all the success that you've had?
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