It appears that the Batista-Booker T fight that took place yesterday was in fact a shoot and not planned by WWE. We’ll have more on what exactly led to the real-life fight later this week. WWE.com posted comments from Booker T earlier today. As noted, Booker T has trashed Batista in past interviews. We also do know that Sharmell (Booker T’s real life wife) jumped in near the end of the fight as it was being broke up by other roster members and agents. It does seem odd that WWE would post this on their official website and not take any disciplinary action against either competitors. Here is the updated story from WWE.com:
It was simply about respect, that s all. Booker T, sporting a swollen left eye, commenting exclusively to WWE.com about the bloody and brutal fight he had with former World Heavyweight Champion Batista on the set of the SummerSlam commercial Monday in Encino, Calif. It took a number of SmackDown Superstars to pull Batista and Booker T off one another in a fight that lasted at least five minutes. I m not going to say anything else about it. The fight had to do with respect, says Booker. I have no ill will toward Dave, but I feel like he doesn t know the history of the business that s all. Maybe he should study the history. There s a lot of us who paved the way in this business for men like Batista, says Booker. When I started, guys like Greg Gagne, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and countless others were in WCW. I walked in the locker room and had to earn their respect. It took me 16 long years, but I earned it. Respect isn t a right, it s a privilege. When asked if the two men have buried the hatchet, Booker T pointedly says, We ll never be friends. We ll never exchange Christmas cards. But I will work with Dave in the ring like nothing ever happened. It s not about us, it s about the company and more importantly it s about entertaining the fans. I ll never do anything to hurt our product. WWE.com is attempting to reach Batista for more on this situation.