But, like I said, taking a break was something that I needed. I had been going strong for about 17 years straight without a break. Thank little bit of a break was something that I needed just to re-energize myself.
Booker T: Man, like night and day really. Dixie Carter, she's a nice lady, a really nice lady. She's got a good heart and she really wants to do the right thing for the guys. Does she have the right guys doing things? That might be another story. Is Eric Bischoff the right guy for the job? I don't know, you've got to weigh your options as far as that right there. Look at the track record. [Laughs.]
As far as working for Vince McMahon, it's always been a business. It's always been a working relationship, I tried not to become friends or anything like that with anybody that I'm working under. I always know that it's about business, it's not about friendship. That's Vince, he's always about business. It's all about getting the job done, it's all about going out and being number one every week no matter what.
I adapted that concept myself into pretty much everything that I do. I just go out and work the hardest and be the best.
WrestlingINC: It looked like they were going to reform the Main Event Mafia there for a little bit. Were you approached about re-signing just a couple of years ago?
Booker T: Yeah, they asked me to come back and put me in the Mafia thing. But they wanted to pay me a cheaper fee to come back. I just didn't think it was the right thing to do for my family to go back there. And I thought about my career and how I wanted to end my career. And how I wanted to make sure that at the end, when it's all over, I'm happy with what's going on.
WrestlingINC: Did you approach WWE or did they approach you about returning at the Royal Rumble?
Booker T: No, they actually approached me about doing Tough Enough. So, I was definitely willing to do that. Then, as soon as I signed on to do that, the Rumble was just the next choice. 'How would you like to be in the Rumble?' 'Yeah, I can give you five minutes.' [Laughs.]
It was great to come back that way, the fans were happy to see me back. That was the coolest thing about that night, it wasn't about me wrestling. It was just, man, Booker T. is back. That was the best part for me, the fans paying homage and giving me respect. It wasn't about me going out there and doing any wrestling moves in the ring, they were just happy to see me walking out that curtain.
That right there was -- wow -- electrifying. With all the years in the business, I had done something special.
WrestlingINC: The fan reaction was insane. Was there reaction what lead to WWE's decision to approach you about color commentary?
Booker T: They just said, 'Hey, how about you do this here?' [Laughs.] That's the thing with me, I'm just glad that I've always had good standings. I've always looked a person in their eyes and told them exactly how I felt. Just to have their respect and for the company to utilize me in one position and then to utulize me now as general manager -- and to have Vince McMahon actually appoint me, to come out and say those words and put me in that position.