Booker T Talks Backstage Fight With Batista, Joining TNA, Vince Vs. Dixie, WWE HOF Induction, More
I'm just fortunate at to be relevant at 23 years in the business, I'm just blessed. At 23 years in the business, most guys...they don't last as long. I keep wondering it myself what makes it all work.
WrestlingINC: You had the program with Cody Rhodes and you looked in fantastic shape. Do you ever think about returning to the ring?
Booker T: Nope. I don't think about returning to the ring -- at all. I've had my time and I don't have anything more to prove in the wrestling ring. Coming up, I always had something to prove. I was always looking for what's next. Where can I go and how far can I push myself.
I don't have those wants anymore to go out and push myself like that anymore. I want to see the young guys come up and take that step and move into Hall of Fame status and whatnot; become World champion...Hopefully, I can help some of them do that through my wrestling school and my training. And my mental grasp of the game, helping them make it from that perspective.
But it's not about me anymore and I don't want it to be about me. I'm so glad to be in the position that I'm in right now and to have made it this far and to get to the other side. I don't want to go back.
WrestlingINC: You released your book last year. When did you come up with the idea for the book?
Booker T: I had some time off when I left TNA and I took a trip from Houston to California in a winnebago by myself. It took my three days to get there and I just had a lot of thoughts come into my head and I thought I had to put it on paper and we had to get it out there and, hopefully, help somebody else.
WrestlingINC: Your book covers up until you sign with WCW. Do you have plans to write a sequel?
Booker T: Yeah, I'm actually writing the sequel right now. Right now, I'm in the process of doing that as we speak. I don't have a date on it but it's going to be 2014.
WrestlingINC: When did you come up with the idea for your wrestling school?
Booker T: Well, I've had my school since 2005 and it's just something that I thought I wanted to do. I wanted to do it way before I retired. I didn't want to be one of those guys that had a wrestling school when he retired just because you ain't got nothing else to do.
I did my wrestling school just to help some kids get into the business first and foremost, keep myself young being around young people and training them. My wrestling promotion, Reality Of Wrestling, is a springboard where kids can be seen and hopefully moved to the next level.
Even if you don't plan on going to the next level, the learning and camaraderie that you can be a part of with my school -- it's like a ministry as well as a school. It's like a mentorship more than just a wrestling facility. It's got a whole lot going on and that's what it's really about. It's about passing it on and giving somebody else a chance and giving my blessings through passing it on.
WrestlingINC: How difficult is it writing this book, running the wrestling school and also appearing on Raw and Smackdown! every week? Do you ever have thoughts of slowing down?
Booker T: No. If I slow down, I'll be six feet under in that box, you know? Life is too short to not do as much as you possibly can. I don't see it as me doing a whole lot, maybe I am. Maybe I'm pushing myself but I don't know. I don't think too much is enough.
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