WWE Hall of Famer Booker T was one of many WCW stars who made the jump to the rival promotion when WWE purchased WCW. The master of the spinaroonie was considered one of the most high-profile acquisitions during the invasion angle in the early 2000s. Still, Booker recently admitted to not initially feeling at ease in the WWE locker room when he first joined.
While speaking on the Stories with Bradshaw and Brisco podcast, the 5-time WCW Champion talked about being invited into the locker room by The Undertaker, who was regarded as a locker room leader and moral compass back in his day. Despite any tension between the two on-screen, The Undertaker saw Booker’s dedication to the business, respected his in-ring work, and made sure he felt welcome.
“I remember coming to work one day, and Undertaker said, ‘Hey, man, why don’t you come and dress over here with us?’ That was the first time I dressed in the TV locker room. I earned that respect, and it paid off.”
Booker T then explained his perception of wrestling locker rooms and the difference between those in other sports. Wrestling locker rooms are not just a place to change, and it’s crucial for a wrestler to know their place in the locker room to be able to make it in the wrestling business. Unfortunately, not everyone knew how to navigate the backstage wrestling culture during the Invasion angle.
“I always tell people, ‘You gotta know how to make it in the locker room before you ever have a chance to make it in the ring. I say that because I came from WCW, and every WCW guy, none of them knew how to make it in the locker room. They could work. They didn’t know how to make it in the locker room.” (H/T itrwrestling.com)
The Undertaker has always been a prominent backstage figure within the company and has been providing guidance for over 30 years since his debut. So to be acknowledged by the dead man was obviously a huge sign of respect at the time for Booker.