Five years ago, Booker T went into the Hall of Fame as a singles competitor and was inducted by his brother, Stevie Ray. Now, in the shadow of the arena where Booker T was inducted the first time, Harlem Heat will be inducted as a tag team.
Booker T recently spoke to Sportskeeda about his Hall Of Fame induction, and an infamous moment during Harlem Heat’s early days. Below are some highlights:
Booker T on The Shockmaster incident:
“I think I remember what Sid said more than anything. I think Sid said, ‘oh God.’ I was a green kid. It was my first interaction as far as something with that magnitude.
I had an angle with the top guys like Sid Vicious, Vader, my brother and myself, that’s kind of crazy. Then when Shockmaster did that, it was something I definitely didn’t expect, and I was so green, and I did not know how to handle it other than to be in total shock myself and try and still look tough. Trying to do those two at the same time is kind of like juggling and driving a car at the same time haha.”
Booker T on what it means to be in the Hall Of Fame:
“I got the phone call, one of the office guys, I don’t want to say his name or anything like that, but I always thought I was too young to go into The Hall of Fame. I was like, “I’m not old enough. I don’t have enough grey hair yet. I might have a few matches still left in me.” I just didn’t feel like I was ready to go into The Hall of Fame.
After I’ve sat back and looked at my body of work, thought about it, I go, ‘Wow, I guess I am a Hall of Famer.’ I never really thought about it along the journey. You got to put in the work first before you can ever think about ever dreaming or imagine making it to that point. I don’t think it’s up to you to say you belong in The Hall of Fame, that’s up to someone else.
After it happened, I said, ‘Wow, I’ll [accept] it, and I’m gonna take it with me to the grave.’ Hopefully, I get to go in one more time as a tag team with my brother one day.”
That day has come. Congratulations to Stevie Ray and Booker T! With this induction, Booker will become the first African-American two-time WWE Hall Of Famer.