Booker T recalls working the Rock early on in his WWE career. The two famously feuded over the similarity of their gimmicks.
Booker T recently discussed his time feuding with the Rock on WWE The Bump. The two had somewhat similar gimmicks and even shared an identical finisher. This made for an exciting rivalry between the two that ended with The Rock becoming the WCW Champion.
While the Rock has looked back at the feud fondly, Booker T claims he doesn’t remember them because he couldn’t feel them. The WWE Hall of Famer also revealed that the Rock would rib him for his inexperience with press conferences while admitting that he may have given The Rock more respect than he should have.
Booker T recalls working the Rock early on in his WWE career
“It’s kind of crazy, I was a little intimidating because I was coming in his backyard,” Booker T said. “I remember doing a press conference with him sometime and out of sarcasm, The Rock comes to me and said, ‘hey kid if you need any help at this stage, just let me know.’ The thing is that this was my first press conference because in WCW we didn’t do that kind of stuff, you know so. I was like, ‘this son of a gun,’ you know what I mean.”
“There was always a respect between myself when we got in the ring to perform at the next level. Him and I, I wouldn’t say we were the best of friends, but when it came to going out and doing the work we went out and did it.”
“Also, I believe that I gave him a little bit more respect than I should have when I came in and worked him. Just because, there again, he was the golden boy. I was coming in from the other side. The matches we had, they were really good matches, but I have to go back and watch them because I didn’t feel them. Matches I remember I felt, because certain things were happening.
“In those matches with The Rock I was working so I had to keep my eye on everything going on. So, when he remembers them he’ll say that the matches were awesome, but it was because I was there for the work,”
Booker T had previously stated that the Rock took a few of his popular catchphrases from him. While he initially refused to speak on it, he did eventually reveal one of them. He was also steadfast in his claim that he came up with the Book End/Rock Bottom first.
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