The Five Time, Five Time, Five Time, Five Time, Five Time, WCW Champion!Booker T
is one of the most decorated wrestlers of all-time, having wrestled for World Championship Wrestling
, World Wrestling Entertainment
and Total Nonstop Action
. Over the course of his career he's had six runs with a World Title (5 with WCW's World Heavyvweight Title
1 with WWE's World Heavyweight Title
), 15 runs as a tag team champion (11 WCW
, 3 WWE
, 1 TNA
), and been a Grandslam Champion in WCW (WCW World Heavyweight Title
, WCW United States Heavyweight Title
, WCW World Television Title
and WCW World Tag Team Title
) and in WWE. He is also a former King of the Ring. He was the General Manager for SmackDown
, and serves as one of the trainers on WWE Tough Enough
. Also, he's a part of the Hall of Fame class of 2013.
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Do not confuse him with Booker T. Washington
, or Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the MGs
"CAN YOU DIG THAT TROPE LIST, SUCKAAAA!?":
- Alternate Company Equivalent: With The Rock during his later days in WCW, as Vince Russo made him use the same finisher and spout catchphrases. Was lampshaded during the Invasion angle as Booker feuded with the Rock when the latter returned.
- Arch-Enemy: (Harlem Heat era): The Nasty Boys (Jerry Sags and Bryan Knobbs), the Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott), the Stud Stable (Col. Robert Parker, Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater), the Outsiders ( Scott Hall and Kevin Nash); (as a singles wrestler): Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Unfortunately, his King Of The Ring victory went to his head.
- He was the first 100% black wrestler to win the WWE world championship.
- Bash Brothers: With Stevie Ray.
- Berserk Button: As a WWE Commentator, Michael Cole. It's pretty much guaranteed that Cole will say something to seriously piss Booker off at least Once an Episode.
- Big Applesauce: Was billed from Harlem, NY in WCW, despite being from Houston, Texas.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saving Teddy Long from Mark Henry.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Booker T was usually loud and happy to brawl anyway. The exceptions were his WWE heel runs, especially when contrasted against Stone Cold Steve Austin.
- Big "OMG!": OH MY GOODNESS
- Big "YES!"/Big "NO!": Harlem Heat's entrance music started with the words "YES YES YES NO NO NO!"
- Breakup Break Out: From Harlem Heat
- Call Back: His late-2005 Best of Seven Series for the WWE United States Heavyweight Title with Chris Benoit recycled the series they had done in 1998 over the WCW World Television Title.
- Catch Phrase
- Two; "Can you dig that, Suckaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" and "Tell me, he didn't just say that."
- In WCW he would often say, "Don't hate the player, hate the game." It didn't really catch on. However, it led to a pretty cool moment in WWE. During a feud with Triple H, he and Goldust were talking about Hunter. The conversation ended with Goldust prompting him with "Don't hate the player..." and Booker responding in a murderous tone with "...hate The Game."
- And he was the Five Time...Five Time...Five Time...Five Time...Five Time WCW CHAMPION!!!! That one did catch on.
- He's developed a few as a commentator as well, including "Oh my GOODNESS!", "This is ridiculous!", "What da hale?!", and, for high-flying action, "With the greatest of ease!"
- "You Gotta Love It!" is another new commentary catch phrase Booker T uses.
- "Shucky Ducky Quack Quack!"
- Combat Commentator: Booker T served as one for the Pro Wrestling Syndicate, then he became one on WWE Smackdown.
- Combat Pragmatist: A firm believer of it while on commentary.
- Cool Old Guy: Nearing 50 and still one of the most respected and well-liked personalities in WWE, whether in the ring or out.
- Cloudcuckoolander: On commentary; Botchamania now has a recurring segment dedicated to his "inane" commentary.
- Dance Battler: A 6'3, 250 pound angry man... who breakdances.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: He's the only wrestler in the history of WCW to get a clean win over Goldberg - and one of only three to beat him at all (the other two being Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner).
- Demoted to Extra
- At the start of the Invasion, Booker T was the top man in the Alliance. Very quickly, however, he was superseded by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, and Rob Van Dam.
- And again, after he lost his position as Smackdown GM. He's still with the company - he just doesn't do much, if anything, on screen.
- Determinator: He decided to take on all four members of Evolution after they injured Goldust.
- Dirty Coward: As a heel.
- Dirty Old Man/Distracted by the Sexy: Fairly often while on commentary.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Harlem Heat (Booker and Stevie Ray)'s original, very short-lived, gimmick in WCW was that they were chained prisoners being led around by their white Southern manager, Col. Robert Parker. note The idea for the gimmick is usually attributed to wrestler Sid Vicious.
- Dreadlock Warrior: For most of the notable part of his career. Not so much now with the 'warrior' part, but he's still got dreads down to his waist.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: While a 5-time WCW champ, Booker had to endure a lot setbacks in his WWE career (the finish of WrestleMania XIX is a good example where Triple H squashed him in humiliating fashion) before he finally won a world title again in 2006, five years after joining the company.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: The Spin-A-Roonie.
- Expy: Gi Bro was an expy of Sergeant Slaughter.
- Facepalm: The instant he dropped his infamous "Hulk Hogan, we comin' for you, nigga!", he immediately facepalmed with Sherri giving him a sympathetic pat on the back.
- Facial Markings: He used to wear a rebreather in WCW.
- Fanboy: Of Daniel Bryan a.k.a "D-Bryan" who consistently was on the top of Booker's "top five." Until Daniel Bryan's heel turn, that is.
- Finishing Move: The Bookend, the Ax Kick, the Scissor Kick. In WCW he used to use a top rope somersault leg drop he called the Harlem Hangover. Occasionally used it in WWE as the Houston Hangover
- Flat "What.": His reaction to Jerry Lawler's supposed anal bleeding.
- For Your Own Good: Booker T's reasoning for helping Jerry Lawler pull Michael Cole from the ring, who had already retreated over the top rope to get away from Kharma, who went on to drop Dolph Ziggler with the implant buster.
- Good Is Dumb: As Smackdown GM, he believes everything Eve Torres tells him. To the point where Sting would probably think he's missing the obvious. He has gotten better, though.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: More so in WCW, where this had become the norm
- Hollywood Voodoo: After claiming to be better than the Undertaker (which got the predictable results), Booker T turned to a bokor, who freaked out because "a shadow" was stalking him. When he asked her what to do about "the shadow" she gave him some powder, which he was to sprinkle in a grave site. It raised another man from the dead, who presumably would fight the Undertaker for Booker T but Booker got scared and took off before he could see the man come out of the ground.
- He tried to suppress this as King Booker but even then he got all fired up when Cryme Tyme stole his wallet. Otherwise this was pretty much the norm.
- By his own admission, this is why he called Hulk Hogan the N-word. It just kinda slipped out.
- I Kiss Your Foot: King Booker would often try to force other wrestlers to kiss his foot
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: Booker T claimed to Goldust that he was not a Star Wars fan and had never watched the movie before. He then took Goldust's toy lightsaber and swung it around while calling himself Obi Book Kenobi.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As a face prior to his semi retirement. Booker T's been much nicer as a commentator and as the Smackdown general manager than he was as a wrestler.
- Large Ham: It had reduced a bit as he got older but even then it took awhile. Take a gander at King Booker's promos where he completely cuts off Batista on the microphone to assure him of his inferiority. Better yet, just watch his entrance where he hops around and raises his hands when the pyro goes off.
- Last of His Kind: He was the last wrestler to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the final episode of Nitro.
- Leave Him to Me: At Producciones Perros del Mal, Booker T willingly took on Big Daddy V to keep him off of his smaller partners Mesias and Blue Demon Jr. However, after everything Booker T did failed to knock Big Daddy V down he called for their help, once they were done with Shawn Hernandez and Shelton Benjamin.
- Legacy Character: Sort Of. Bubba Douglas was the first Booker T when he was in CSW:Heart of America Sports Attractions, a promotion in Kansas but that Booker T wasn't much like this one beyond name (and a not quite afro, if you want to stretch it)
- Kicked Upstairs: Has left the commentary team to become the GM of Smackdown.
- Lightning Bruiser: Besides power moves like the bookend, his chops or various kicks, he was also known for a flying forearm and an exaggerated jumping knee drop.
- Morality Pet: Was friends with Goldust despite being a heel. Later on his wife Sharmell filled this role.
- Motor Mouth: His commentary tends to ramble just a bit, giving the fans plenty of Inane Black Snow Commentary moments.
- Napoleon Delusion: The "King Booker" gimmick was this as Booker started to act as if being King of the Ring meant he really was a king.
- No Indoor Voice: Even in non wrestling contests, such as when he appeared on WWE Confidential or served as the Smackdown GM. The exception was his tenure on WWE Tough Enough.
- N-Word Privileges: Booker T really tries not to use the "N Word" since becoming a professional wrestler, unfortunately, old habits die hard and you tube memes die harder.
- Odd Friendship: Several over his tenure, RVD, Eddie Guerrero, and Goldust.
- Older Than They Look: Booker will turn 50 in 2015 and looks to be in his mid-to-late thirties at the most. However, seeing that African-Americans usually age more slowly than other races, it shouldn't be surprising.
- Only One Name: After Big T. defeated him for the right to use the letter T, Booker was just Booker.
- Only Sane Man: He shares this role with Josh Matthews when it comes to commentary on Smackdown. Though unlike Josh Matthews, who wisely stays quiet about it, Booker T tends to call Michael Cole out on his insanity.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
- During his time as King Booker, Booker used an obviously fake British accent. On occasion he'd slip back to his actual accent, mostly when someone caused him to revert to yelling "Tell me, he didn't just say that!"
- Whilst part of the Main Event Mafia, Booker used an obviously fake African accent, to portray the idea he was African royalty. He'd slip out of this one just as frequently.
- Out of Focus: During the Invasion, he initially started off as The Dragon. But then Badass Decay set in, and Stone Cold became the focus.
- Power Stable
- Was The Dragon for the Alliance (until he was Demoted to Extra), ran King Booker's Court, and was a member of the Main Event Mafia in TNA.
- Back in the dark days of WCW in 2000, briefly revived his old GWF gimmick of G.I. Bro as a member of the military-themed Face group the Misfits In Action.
- He and Stevie Ray joined the Masters Of The Power Bomb with Big Van Vader and Sid while they were Kole and Kane.
- Randomly thrown into the WWE version of the NWO in 2002.
- King Booker's Court, with Queen Sharmell, William Regal, Finlay and Hornswoggle.
- Prim and Proper Bun: A very rare male example as a respected Hall of Fame, All-Star panelist.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: See Catch Phrase.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As the Smackdown GM.
- The Rival: Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner during his WCW days. John Cena and Chris Benoit during his time on Smackdown.
- Semi-Retired Badass: Following his return to WWE in 2011, he became a commentator, then he was appointed to be the Smackdown GM in 2012. 48 years old and can still drop a scissors kick on you if you get out of line.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: During his United States Championship feud with the Boogeyman Booker declared himself to be the best dressed wrestler in the world and usually wore a suit. Also in the Main Event Mafia, obviously.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- King Bookah, is a King. Batista is nothing but a bloated peasant!
- Incidentally, he got in a fistfight with Batista backstage about Batista bragging about his push. Pretty much all the other wrestlers sided with Booker.
- Spirited Competitor: Whenever he was a face.
- Spit Take: Happened mid-Stunner at WrestleMania XXVII.
- Start My Own: His own wrestling promotion in Houston, TX, originally called the Pro Wrestling Alliance, now known as Reality of Wrestling.
- Still Got It
- At age 46, he can still go well enough in the ring, and he can still pull off the Spinaroonie too!
- To prove this? The Raw of 06/06/11. He gets challenged by Jack Swagger and goaded into a match. Many people expect Swagger to squash him. After all, Booker's a commentator now and the commentary team kept hyping that he had at least four years of ring rust (despite being part of TNA). What happens? Booker beats Swagger so bad, Swagger tries to run away only for Evan Bourne to toss him back into the ring to receive Booker's patented Scissors Kick. Now, can you dig that? Sucka!
- Also, a series of very good and closely contested matches with Cody Rhodes, who was about 20 years his junior. Booker came very close to winning the Intercontinental Championship after spending several months in semi-retirement at the announcer's table.
- The Villain Sucks Song: "Cody the Red Nosed Reindeer."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: His Chemistry with Michael Cole on commentary seems to be building up to this. The duo seem to find a lot of humor in trolling each other in an attempt to make the other corpse.
- Third-Person Person: As King Booker, and when imitating The Rock's catchphrases.
- Underwear of Power: Unless he was not wrestling, pretty much wore them all the time
- The Unintelligible: His deep and raspy voice is very hard to understand at times.
- Upper-Class Twit: As King Booker, and again during his TNA tenure with team 3D declaring him royalty and kissing his ring.
- Worthy Opponent: El Illegal Chicano in Puerto Rican IWA, despite being part of the evil Main Event Mafia stable and holder of his trumped up Legends Championship, Booker T was hardly upset when he lost to Chicano and celebrated with him.
- Would Hit a Girl: Hit the Bookend on Team Canada's Major Gunns (Tylene Buck) on the November 15, 2000 WCW Thunder after she hit him with the Canadian flag, though he apologized for it the following week.
- Wrestling Family: His brother Stevie Ray and his wife Sharmell.
Now can you dig that, SUCKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!