GoldustDustin Patrick Runnels
- Birthdate: 04/11/11969 (age -9955)
- Height: 6'6"
- Weight: 232 IB
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The Royal Ramblings team recently had the privilege of interviewing the highly decorated, world renowned superstar and Hall of Famer Booker T. Whilst continuing to contribute to WWE programming, Booker has founded the widely respected Reality of Wrestling promotion in Texas. With its first major online iPPV event 'Summer of Champions' days away (available 27th July 7pm CST/28 July 1am GMT from realityofwrestling.com), we wanted to find out more about the company
What sets Reality of Wrestling apart from other promotions and what does it mean for the company that you are moving to iPPV?
Well, the iPPV shows that the company is moving onwards and upwards. What makes us different from most independent wrestling promotions is what we put into our wrestling. The storyline and psychology based approach - we go out and entertain the fans first and foremost. I always say that people remember not just what they saw in a show but how they felt, so we try to bring a feeling to wrestling that's a little bit different. That's my approach and that was my training, I try to train my students to act and really put themselves in the moment, not just go out and play a wrestler. Even though this is entertainment, I want young people to know that it's something that's attainable for them. For many years, people will watch wrestling and see superstars as unattainable figures and think 'man there's no way that I could ever be a professional wrestler' but I try to make it so everyone that's watching - the young guys and girls , - will say 'man, I can do that.' That's what Reality of Wrestling is about.
We're quite excited about the 'Summer of Champions' main event, the Samoan Beast is taking on Mysterious Q. Does Q stand a chance given the Samoan Beast can Samoan drop 2 men at once!?
The Samoan Beast IS a monster, but Mysterious Q has proved that he's a major player. He's young, he's fast, he's energetic and he's one of those guys that takes a lot of high risks by going up to the top rope. The guy is phenomenal, and if anybody has a chance in Reality of Wrestling right now, it's got to be Mysterious Q. Not to mention, that he'll have Diamond Dallas Page in his corner who will be trying to guide him through that storm.
Stevie Ray will be advising the Samoan Beast. We were interested to see you're teaming up with him soon, for the first time in 14 years. We wondered how easy it will be to recapture the magic?
Well actually we're not reforming as a tag team to wrestle but just to do a signing together. That said, a lot of people actually want to see the return of Harlem Heat, so my brother is in the gym training and getting in shape and so am I. We're getting ready for exactly that - a Harlem Heat return. We won't go back to the ring to wrestle full time but the fans never really got the chance to see Harlem Heat go off into the sunset, so we definitely want to give them that one last match. We don't know who it's going to be with. We want to make it a dream tag-team match - maybe with the Dudleys, maybe with Cryme Tyme or maybe with some big time tag team out there, maybe with the Steiner brothers! Maybe we'll do that one more time! You know in this business, you never know.
That would be awesome, it could be a Reality of Wrestling exclusive!
Exactly my point.
Stevie Ray inducted you into the Hall of Fame, is it time for Paul Boesch to enter and what does he mean to you?
You know I think Paul Boesch should have gone into the Hall of Fame many, many years ago. Well before I should have been inducted. He's definitely a Hall of Fame figure in my eyes. You know, Paul Boesch gives me a lot of inner strength. I was a kid when he was working here, in the city of Houston. I never got a chance to meet him but I watched him and I saw as a kid - even a troubled kid from the other side of the tracks - I saw exactly what he was doing and how he went out there and tried to help so many people, wrestlers and others. I've never heard one bad thing said about Paul Boesch from a guy who worked for him. So definitely, I'm walking in his shoes and I hope to be half the man that Paul Boesch was one day. Hopefully I can fulfil his dream here in Houston and keep professional wrestling alive.
What's your view on this latest WWE faction (Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods)?
You know, I...