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Booker T On Sting Not Signing With WWF Due To A Promo From The Rock

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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (September 12, 1998) – WCW Saturday Night

On this day in 1998, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Saturday Night’.

This episode was pre-taped in Mobile, Alabama and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Fall Brawl 1998’ PPV.

The card of the show can be found here:

– Hugh Morrus vs. Rex King

– Juventud Guerrera vs. Kaz Hayashi

– Chris Adams vs. Jerry Flynn

– Wrath vs. The Barbarian

– Stevie Ray vs. Steve McMichael

• Booker T On Sting Not Signing With WWF Due To A Promo From The Rock

During a recent edition of his Hall Of Fame podcast, two time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T talked about Sting not wanting to sign with WWF back in the day due to a promo The Rock cut on Booker T.

Below is what Booker T said:

“My thing is when I came over from WCW to WWF, I did the thing with The Rock where I came out as WCW Champion and The Rock asked me who I was and then he responded with, ‘It doesn’t matter what your name is.’ I got hot about it and whatnot, but the thing is he did that with everyone, he didn’t just do that with me.

The Rock, that was his character and it was something he was supposed to do. I don’t think it was a knock to me or anything like that; it was entertainment.

For me to come and do an angle with The Rock it was awesome because it was a great spot first and foremost to be in the same light doing something with The Rock and when I heard a comment from Sting I went, ‘Wow man!’ I never thought Sting would be the person to think that way because at the end of the day it’s about the job. It’s about being able to take care of your family.

I think in WWE, now 18 years almost, I’ve been a part of that company and have been treated very well. And with Sting thinking that way, I think Sting missed out on a lot of great matches, great times, as well as a whole lot of merchandise money that he could have been making not thinking like that because at the end of the day it’s about the job.

When he finally came over, no knock to him or anything like that but he finally got his moment, which was his last moment so he didn’t get a chance to enjoy his moment. So, in hindsight if you ask him that question now he would have a different answer?

I didn’t dislike Sting or anything like that. Sting and I are friends; we’ve always been friends. I just think he really missed out more than anybody on that deal. I’ve always been able to speak up for myself and when it’s a wrestling angle it’s as real as we make it. It’s Shakespeare; Romeo & Juliet which is how I’ve always viewed it. I never looked at the way Sting looked at it.”

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