Booker T Discusses Transition To Commentary, Program With Cody Rhodes, Says This Is His Last Hurrah

The Baltimore Sun has a new Q&A online with Booker T to promote Sunday’s WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view. Below is an excerpt:

You’ve been a color commentator on SmackDown for nearly a year. Was it a tough transition going from being a full-time wrestler to commentating outside of the ropes?

It was really tough. I didn’t think I was going to make it. But I’ve had a lot of help from the staff. … Those guys have really groomed me and helped me, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do. It’s a lot of fun. I’m loving it. It’s something I wanted to do for many, many years. It was a joke that back in the day that I always did commentary in the back when the guys were in the ring before me. I would be in the back doing it on the little monitor for the boys in the back.

But you’ll be back in the ring on Sunday night for your first pay-per-view match in a few years. Are you excited to be back in the spotlight, and are you worried about ring rust?

I’m definitely worried about my ring rust. And I’m really not that excited about being in the ring. I’m going out and defending my manhood. That’s a little more important than me being back in the ring. I was actually content with doing the commentary, but this issue with Cody Rhodes is getting bigger and bigger and the fans do want to see me go out there and perform.

What’s your relationship with Cody away from the ring? You requested this match, right?

Dusty Rhodes [Cody's father] and I came up in the WCW era. Dusty said something to me a long time ago and I felt this about Cody actually. I did a Saturday show once and I was the first match out. I was a green kid and I went out and I wrestled and Dusty told me, ‘They won’t put you out first no more.’ That right there told me a whole lot about how Dusty Rhodes felt about me and we became really close at that point. I was really close with [Cody's half-brother] Goldust, too. … And now you see the third generation, Cody Rhodes, the next kid. I really like what Cody has done in the past few years in the WWE. He has grown so much. But to actually go out there with Cody, it’s going to be an honor and it’s going to be great kicking his butt.

Is TLC a last hurrah for you? Or do you see yourself still wrestling for a while?

This is my last hurrah. I really understand that this is about the young guys like Cody Rhodes. It’s about those guys taking it to the next level. But if I can help them make that transition to becoming superstars, future Hall of Famers, that’s what I’m here for. But as for me wrestling full time, I can’t see that happening. I’ve got twin babies and I’m content with this stage of life.

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  • JackBo

    I mean its pretty obvious anyway, but Book saying that this will be his ‘ Last Hurrah’ sort of spoils a championship match like this.

  • snuggle

    That was all talk booker is going to win the intercontinental title tomorrow and return to the ring full time for one more run he may wrestle for about a year or two before hanging up his boots for good.

  • Jim

    Book kinda spoiled the finish with his “last hoorah” comment, but not like he has any shot at going over Cody Rhodes at this point. That’s too bad because it’d be nice to see him have one last short run with a quality title like the IC Championship. I was always a fan of Booker. Especially back in NWA / WCW. Harlem Heat were something like 12 time WCW Tag Champs. Not quite positive on that number but it was A LOT of times.

  • Dewy

    I hope Booker T wins the belt

  • d93andr5

    I respect the fact that Book wants to help the younger wrestlers progress, like when he first came along someone pushed him along. What I don't like is the attitude of Cody. Flat out, respect. Now, Booker's manhood has been challanged. This isn't business, it's personal. I guess I don't get it. Somebody has to be taught a lesson. Watch out Cody, you have provoked the sleeping Bear!

    • XKonn247

      Can we just not have this guys comments show? This is a news site, not a WWE Mark forum!

    • lukey

      You know it’s fake right?

    • FactionZer0

      That's what makes a good heel. When shit gets personal.

  • Da KiDD

    Just gained a whole lot more respect for booker, on top of the respect that i already had for him. It's not often that you find vets, so vested in building young guys and taking them to the next level. This is just awesome.

  • HPK

    Booker T is ok…I never cared for Him @ first when He came to WWF during the Invasion angle , nor did I watch WCW back then either !!! He is a great talent and Future Hall of Famer , but He is a Legend and will Be remembered as such !!! Shame He couldn't have been better utilized during His short TNA run !!!

  • Ilyas

    I can't beleive Cody Rhodes splashed Booker T in the face,that's what started all of this.Cody is going to pay when it comes to TLC,and Booker T winning the Intercontenintial Championship!

  • BigMike

    I see one more Harlem Hangover before he hangs it up………Booker will win this match he might drop the belt soon after but he will win if u loook at the way the booking has gone ovet tyhe last few weeks between Booker and Cody, u wuill see

  • jay2681

    wait what wrestlings fake? why in the hell wasnt i told. (Sarcasm)