WWE Hall of Famer Booker T appeared as part of the Chris Jericho Rock n’ Wrestling Rager this week. The 5 time WCW Champion took part in a Q&A session on the cruise, where he answered a question regarding his time working alongside Chris Benoit.
“It’s not talked about a lot, but the matches that put me on the map was with Chris Benoit in the best of seven series,” Booker T addressed. “God rest him and his families soul. Chris Benoit was literally, the greatest wrestler that I ever had the pleasure of being inside the ring with. He was one of the best wrestlers, if not, the best to put on a pair of boots. He brought out the best of every guy that got in the ring with him. Anyone who got in the ring with Benoit was a better person when they walked out of the ring, trust me.”
Booker elaborated further, saying “for me, as well as Benoit, I never did anything that I had to practice. I never went out to the ring and said ‘Hey, let’s go over this and go over that.’ I felt like I was an artist like Picasso. I want to paint that painting right in front of you (the fans). For me, especially with Benoit, with those seven matches, so much of it was ad-lib, so much of that was going out there and working on the fly and kick each others’ a**es. I remember in one of those matches with Benoit, I took 31 chops. I literally asked for every one of them. I wanted to see how tough I was that night. That’s what the business was. It was going out there and to suspend the imagination for you to go wow, that was really, really awesome and that you believed it.”
*Credit to WrestlingINC for the transcription