• Booker T Says AJ Styles Is At His Best Right Now
During a recent appearance on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T talked about making it in the locker room before making it in the ring, current WWE Champion AJ Styles, Ronda Rousey & more.
Below are the higlights:
On making it in the locker room before making it in the ring:
“I was willing to take a back seat. You’ve got to be willing to, and I tell my students this all the time, you’ve got to make it in the locker room before you ever have a chance of making it in the ring. And I’m for real when I say that right there. When I got to WWE, I knew how talented I was and I was willing to go out there and prove myself in the ring by going out there and having five-star matches on a nightly basis. But, I was willing to go through the character-building as well.”
On AJ Styles’ transition from TNA to WWE:
“When I look at a guy like AJ Styles, he’s a perfect example of somebody who left everything behind and came to WWE and picked it up and come to WWE in a-whole-nother level. AJ Styles, right now at this point in his career, he’s better than he has ever been. And all the stuff that we’ve seen AJ Styles do in the past, as far as his in-ring prowess, he’s better now as a performer than he has ever been and he can do a whole lot less. Do you know what I mean? And that’s my thing. I was willing to fit in, take that script and make it the best I possibly could.”
On being optimistic about future performers in WWE:
“I praise guys like Elias, going out there doing their thing, Jason Jordan, right now, man, I’m sick about Jason Jordan being on the shelf. I wanted to see him go out and have his WrestleMania moment. Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, rising from the ashes of what he was doing, the independent scene for 15 years. The Finn Bálors of the world that I’ve seen do remarkable, spectacular things. With Neville many, many years ago. I’m very optimistic, man. These guys, they’re talent. That’s truly what these guys are. I see the independent world moving.”
On if Ronda Rousey is going to change the WWE landscape:
“Right now, as we speak, I can honestly say, ‘I don’t know,’ Ronda Rousey has always had an attitude towards a lot of people she rubbed the wrong way. Coming into the business, there are a whole of things to change, of course. Can she change the landscape? That’s a tall, tall order because we have some awesome, awesome women in the WWE as far as performers go. I don’t think there are any in the world, around the world, as good as Charlotte, so I’m going to tell you right now, she’d better bring her game, she’d better study her game, and then, be well-prepared because that’s the only luck she’s going to have in this business as far as surviving, as far as having staying power. Can she do it? Of course, she can. I think she can. I’m banking on her. I’m pulling for her, so in the end, we’ll see.”
• Huge Return Possible After WrestleMania 34 Main Event
According to Bin Hamin (co-host of Vince Russo podcast and former WWE trainer), his sources have informed him that Bobby Lashley could make his WWE return either after the WrestleMania 34 main event between Brock Lesnar & Roman Reigns, or the next night on Raw after WrestleMania 34.
The original plan for Raw after WrestleMania 34 was for Bobby Lashley to make his return to WWE and have a confrontation with “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar, according to DirtySheets.Net
Lashley would’ve then laid out Lesnar and this would’ve been used to write Lesnar off WWE TV.
However, this angle got cancelled as Lesnar has very few dates left on his WWE contract and he refused to sign a short contract extension. So WWE has to save his dates so he makes it to WrestleMania 34. So due to not having enough dates left on his contract, Lesnar was pulled from the Raw after WrestleMania 34.