TSC Interviews: Former WCW/WWE World Champion Booker T

Booker T. Huffman is a man that has been through it all and had an incredible journey. His true story should be called From Prison to Prominence: The Booker T. Story. Hell, the guy just went on the wrong path once and could have ended up in jail 5-99 years.

But the dude persevered. He didn't just get out of prison and become a huge wrestling star, known all over the world. He didn't just become one of the most decorated champions in wrestling history. You see, Booker T. Huffman got out of jail and never looked back. Most importantly, Booker became a better man.

I was lucky enough to sit down with former WCW/WWE World Heavyweight Champion to discuss his WCW, WWE, and TNA runs, trials and tribulations, as well as the charity work he and his wife Sharmell participate in. It's certainly an interview you don't want to miss.

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When did you become a wrestling fan?

I've pretty much been a wrestling fan my entire life. Houston wrestling was very popular here in Texas. Paul Boesch was the promoter down here and also a former wrestler himself. I watched it on television a lot, but I wasn't one of those kids that dreamed of becoming a wrestler.

Some kids dream about being a professional wrestler their whole lives. I wasn't like that, but I did watch it on television all the time. Saturday night and Sunday mornings are when they would air. Junkyard Dog (JYD) was my favorite wrestler.

You said you didn't want to be a wrestler when you first watched it on TV. When did you decide you actually wanted to be a wrestler?

Well, it wasn't a decision of something I originally wanted to do. It was an avenue I decided to pursue early on. It was something my brother Stevie Ray really wanted to do. I didn't want to actually become a wrestler until I went to wrestling school in 1990. Ivan Putski opened up a wrestling school in the area and held an eight week course. I went in with my $3,000 and when I came out, I felt like wrestling was something I was meant to do.

So Stevie Ray was the one that pushed you to get into wrestling?


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