This certainly won’t trigger any debate, we’re sure...
On his The Hall of Fame radio show/podcast (h/t Wrestling Inc for transcription), WWE Hall of Famer Booker T discussed the situation between Sasha Banks and their mutual employer. In case you haven’t been on a wrestling website since WrestleMania 35, Banks has been given time off to decide whether or not she wants to continue working for WWE or sit out the remainder of her contract. She’s allegedly unhappy with recent booking decisions related to her tag team with Bayley.
Here’s what the five-time WCW World champ had to say about the Boss’ issues with WWE:
“My take on this is that a lot of times things aren’t made up sometimes to what you think they are. You can think things are a certain way when you get there, but when you finally get there you realize that it is not what you thought it was. I remember a guy by the name of Avon Riley when I first started wrestling back in the day. The guy used to play for the Houston Oilers back in the day, and then he got out of football and wanted to get into wrestling and he realized that pro wrestling is nowhere near where he thought it was. He was out in a heartbeat, but there are those ones like Sasha Banks, who has all that talent and rises up to that top level and gets there and then realizes that it is not what she thought it was because the reason is that it is not all about you. It is never going to be about you.
I don’t write the script and that is one of the reasons why I am here today: I never really cared about what the script was. Give it to me and let me go out and get it done. If it was something that I didn’t disagree with, I was going to go out there and get it done. If I had disagreed with it, I would have said, hey, I don’t agree with this. Let’s change this because I am not doing it this way, then they would change it, and that is the way business has always been done with me. I can’t say that with everybody, but with me that was how it was done. I never looked at pro wrestling any other way than being entertainment. I never looked at it like it was anything but storylines. I never looked at it like it was anything but Shakespeare with Romeo & Juliet, Phantom of the Opera. I never looked at it any other way than everyone getting their turn, but I must say that Sasha Banks has had a lot of success. How many women get in the business that never win?
I am going to tell you right now Sasha Banks has had more life-changing moments than so many that have walked into this business. She is made and she can do anything she wants as far as this business goes from what she has gotten from this business. So, I don’t understand it. I can just say that. I don’t understand it. I don’t understand a lot of this stuff that goes on these days. We are in a totally different world right now as far as the pro wrestling business goes. Hey man, for me, it was all about the money and taking care of my family and to create moments along the way and memories to be able to touch people and at the same time being able to change their lives.”
Normally, I wouldn’t pay too much attention to veterans giving takes on podcasts. The old guard tends to stand up for the way things have always been, and a good way to get listeners to tune in to your show is to have opinions on the controversial issues of the day.
But when it’s someone still affiliated with WWE, I have to wonder if there’s not some spin doctoring - coordinated or otherwise - going on. “Sasha is selfish and doesn’t know how good she had it” is an opinion already floating around. It could just be Booker’s personal opinion. It could be something he’s been encouraged to speak on publicly. It could be both.
His statements won’t make the topic leave the conversation any quicker, that’s for sure. So, let the debate continue, I guess.