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WWE Hall Of Famer On What Matt Riddle Needs To Do To Be A World Champion

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• WWE Hall Of Famer On What Matt Riddle Needs To Do To Be A World Champion

While speaking on his Hall Of Fame podcast, 2-time WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T discussed trying to help today’s wrestlers and why today’s wrestlers need to make the fans feel the match instead of just making them watch it.

Taking Matt Riddle as an example, Booker said:

“Not taking anything away from Matt Riddle, that (not wearing boots) was the first thing I noticed about him. I know flipping them off was cool and how WWE captured it in slow motion. That’s fine but I think about so much when it goes into being the Wrestling Heavyweight Champion.

Let’s think about it for one second. There’s a protocol there. How many World Heavyweight Champions have we had that were bare feet? How many bare feet wrestlers were greater than Superfly Jimmy Snuka? If you’re trying to get to the Heavyweight Championship or the Universal Championship, there has always been a certain look that you have to have. That’s just the way I look at the wrestling business. When we are talking about Matt Riddle, I’m thinking from a promoter’s perspective only. That’s it. That’s all I’m thinking about.

My thing is, if Matt Riddle took my advice, maybe he would understand the concepts of making a match feel as opposed to somebody just watching it. That’s what I try to talk to these guys more than anything.

They probably can do more moves than I ever could think about doing, but it’s not the wrestling moves I’m talking about ever when I talk about guys like Matt Riddle. It’s about making people feel a certain way when they watch it. I want to go out and create some great Shakespeare. It’s not a match. It’s real to me and I’m going to make it real.

I wish these guys would quit playing these games and think for a second and say, let me see exactly what this guy is talking about because trust me, I could help you a lot more than I could hurt you.

A lot of people are content and think it’s really good and they have it figured out. Let me tell you right now, there is no way you figured this business out in 5, 8 or 10 years. It’s not going to happen. It’s going to take much longer than that to figure out the nuances of going out and performing in front of a crowd and making the crowd care.

You go out and make some kid cry because you are getting beat up so bad that the kid wants you to come back. Go out and make a tear come out of somebody’s eye. That’s your test. That’s the bar for me as far as going out and making fans feel a certain way.”

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On this day in 2011, World Wrestling Entertainment aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’ LIVE on the USA Network.

This episode was broadcasted from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Survivor Series 2011’ PPV.

Here’s the official card from that night:

1. Christian & Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton & Sheamus

2. Dolph Ziggler vs. Santino

3. Alicia Fox vs. Natalya

4. Wade Barrett vs. John Morrison

5. John Cena vs. The Miz & R-Truth

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