The pro wrestling audience may not see Booker T again in the arena after his unexpected appearance in the men’s Royal Rumble bout last month. On the most recent episode of his “Hall of Fame” podcast, the renowned wrestler broke down when discussing the match and said he believes it was his final opportunity to fight.
After they started talking about the match and the Hall of Famer’s future in pro wrestling, Booker said to co-host Brad Gilmore, “I think that’s the last time people are going to see me in the ring altogether.” I’ll be collaborating with my pupils on the reality of wrestling. The last time I put my boots on, though, was after that.”
Booker, 57, wiped away his emotions and started shifting in his seat as he talked about retiring. It’s a little depressing, he said. “I’m getting a little choked up over it.” The veteran WWE and WCW performer claimed last week that his participation in the Royal Rumble caused back problems and that he was still experiencing the aftereffects of the match almost a week later.
Jerry Lawler’s WWE debut match
Gilmore brought up the fact that most professional wrestlers “never actually retire” and return for another match after they claim to have retired, and Booker dismissed the idea without delay. The first WWE event at the location since 2007 will be this year’s SummerSlam, which will return to Detroit on Saturday, August 5, at Ford Field, the site of WrestleMania 23. Thirty years ago, the historic WrestleMania III took place at the Pontiac Silverdome, and SummerSlam used to be held at The Place of Auburn Hills.
The main event of SummerSlam ’93 featured Yokozuna defending the WWF Championship against Lex Luger. Luger prevailed over his opponent via count-out, preserving the champion’s championship. Jerry Lawler’s WWE debut match, in which Bret Hart won via disqualification, was also included on the same card. When “The Hitman” resisted releasing the Sharpshooter, the referee overturned his earlier loss.