On the 8/1 WWE Raw episode, two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T joined the commentary booth for the AJ Styles vs. Ciampa match. Booker, a native of Houston, Texas, was given a standing ovation from Toyota Center crowd. Booker has worked as an announcer for WWE’s main events on several occasions. He joined WWE SmackDown as a colour commentator in February 2011, alongside Josh Mathews & Michael Cole.
Then, on the premiere episode of WWE Raw in 2015, he overtaken Jerry Lawler as the Red Brand’s new colour commentator. The change was made owing to Lawler’s absence due to diverticulitis. Afterward that year, Booker was replaced as a WWE Tough Enough coach by Byron Saxton. Having followed the 2017 WWE Superstar Stir, Booker T replaced David Otunga in the WWE Raw announce booth. In following years, Booker has made appearances as a panellist on various Peacock as well as WWE Network shows.
Ciampa managed to defeat Styles and be the No. 1 contender for Bobby Lashley’s United States Championship as Booker called the action Monday. Earlier in the evening, he crushed Dolph Ziggler and Chad Gable in a Triple-Threat Fight to earn the match with Styles. The timeline for the Ciampa vs. Lashely title match has yet to be announced by WWE. As previously stated, Ciampa’s change in presentation must be no surprise.
Previously on Monday, WWE’s new Head of Creative, Triple H, stated that he intends to showcase Ciampa’s skills and place him in more constructive matches and feuds. When Triple H was in charge of creative for the former Black & Gold brand a few years ago, Cimpa was consistently booked as one of NXT’s top stars.
Unlike Booker, who claims to believe WWE could use Vince as a draw, AEW World Champion CM Punk believes Vince’s retirement will not change his role with the company. Punk asserted that he does not believe the WWE structure will change and that, despite his retirement, Vince will remain hands-on.
In comparison to those remarks, WWE moved quickly from Vince’s pension, declaring that Stephanie McMahon & Nick Khan would take over as Co-CEOs of WWE & Triple H will indeed take over as Head of Talent Relations and Creative. Booker believes that a new dynamic within WWE’s creative walls will have a significant impact on talent in only certain positions.