I recently spoke with WWE Hall of Famer and SmackDown General Manager Booker T. In the second part of the interview below, Booker discussed his backstage fight with Batista and who came out on top, if there is still any heat with Batista, coming up with King Booker, his run with TNA, working for Vince McMahon vs. Dixie Carter, Eric Bischoff, if he was going to return to TNA to re-form the Main Event Mafia, returning to WWE, when he was approached about being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, his other projects and much more.
Click here for the first part of our interview, where Booker discussed his early career, his book, signing with WCW, winning the WCW World title and the craziness behind that night, why he didn't want to leave WCW for the WWF, WCW folding, signing with WWE, facing Triple H at WrestleMania and more.
You can follow Booker on Twitter @BookerT5x, and you can purchase his book From Prison to Promise: Life Before the Squared Circle at Amazon.com by clicking here. You can also watch Booker T's wrestling promotion, Reality of Wrestling, at Youtube.com/theBookerTROW.
WrestlingINC: Shortly after that [facing Triple H at WrestleMania], you had that famous fight with Batista. I know you get asked about this a lot, but was that something that had been building for a while between you two?
Booker T: No. I never had a problem with him or anything. I mean, certain things once you get into the business -- and I'm all about tradition and I'm all about respect as far as the guys that came before me and put in work. That pretty much was what that thing was about, it was about respect not just for myself but for all of the rest of the boys in the locker room.
That's just the way things happen, a lot of testosterone in the locker room and we all don't get along. We all don't like each other, we just have to work with each other. Sometimes, fights will break out and that's what happened with him and I. We're both men and, sometimes, men fight. [Laughs.]
WrestlingINC: There have been different stories about who came out on top. How did it end up?
Booker T: I mean, I'm a pretty good fighter. I don't like bragging or anything like that but I've always been a really good fighter. I've always fought my whole life even though I was a drum major in school and I was a breakdancer. But, I always liked fighting, it's always been a passion of mine.
A lot of people don't know it but they should be able to see it in my flavor as far as the way that I bounce around in the ring and the way I wrestle. You can look at a person and tell if they know what they're doing with their hands and with their feet. Most people in the street can sense something like that.
He took a good beating, but he's a man. I watched his last [MMA] fight and he took a good beating and he actually came back and won. So, I give him a lot of credit for even stepping in that cage. Most men aren't willing to go that far.
But, it was about respect. Even to this day, I respect him and I'm sure he respects me.
WrestlingINC: You mentioned his MMA fight and I know you've been to MMA fights in the past. Is that something you're a fan of?