WCW's Top Three Stars- Booker T
Source: Wrestle America Annual 2001 Magazine
Booker T is WCW's enigma. Here's a
guy who carried WCW when heralded WCW main-eventers like Kevin Nash, Sting, and Bill
Goldberg made a habit of sitting out for long periods of time. Along with Jeff
Jarrett and Scott Steiner, Booker T provided WCW fans with a good reason to watch Nitro
during those dark, dark days. Booker also gave those same fans reason to have
hope. His push finally coming through, Booker proved to everyone that not only could
he run with the ball, he could score with it-and the fans loved him for that.
Now WWF fans can't stand him. Even when Raw traveled to WCW's old home turf of Atlanta, Booker heard the boos. Despite what he says on TV and interviews, that must have hurt Booker deeply. He didn't do anything to earn these boos but show up on WWF TV as a member of WCW. He was still the same guy he was in the Time Warner-owned WCW, but because he was WCW, WWF fans instantly reviled him. Something about that just doesn't seem fair, especially when you consider that had the freakish "Big Poppa Pump" joined WCW at the outset, he would have probably developed an underground fan base immediatly.
Booker's been a heel before, back when he and brother Stevie Ray dominated the WCW tag team scene as Harlem Heat. Back then, though, he relished being a heel. If you watch tape from those days, then study his current persona, it becomes pretty apparent that his heart just isn't into breaking the rules anymore.
If the WWF is smart, it has noticed this chink in WCW's armor and sent feelers in Booker T's direction. Booker might not jump-he still believes in WCW-but at the least, he'd be tempted. That temptation could create a great chasm in WCW's unity, something that the WWF needs to happen badly.