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Booker T On Whether He’ll Be In Royal Rumble, Recalls Being a 2011 Rumble Surprise

January 24, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Booker T is throwing cold water on the idea that he may be a surprise entrant in the men’s Royal Rumble match. The WWE Hall of Famer addressed his status on a recent episode of his Hall of Fame podcast. You can see some highlights from the discussion below, per Wrestling Inc:

On his Royal Rumble status: “I have to this point, not received an invitation. My thing is, I always look for the invitation, I am always checking the mail, but I am not one seeking out being in the Rumble or anything like that. I don’t have any itch. If I would have received an invitation for the Rumble, I would have prepared for it. I may already be prepared, but I would have been ready for it. I would have shined. But no, I am not going to be in the Rumble, I am going to be there doing my job, talking about it. Making sure these guys get shined, make sure I put them over real nice, but that’s about as far as it’s going to go.”

On being kept as a surprise for the 2011 Royal Rumble: “They brought me over from the hotel late. They got me in there, big pop, the boys loved it, the fans loved it, I loved it. I think that’s one of the only times I was held in secret. Especially coming from TNA. Because I came pretty much directly from TNA to the Rumble.”

On TNA trying to offer him a new contract at the time: “I remember, maybe a week before the Rumble they were announcing in TNA that the Main Event Mafia was coming back. They were reforming the Main Event Mafia. I’m like, ‘what the hell are they talking about?’ They offered me like a three-month contract, and I was like, ‘guys, do you know how old my kids are? Do you know how fast three months goes? No way on that.’

“I already knew I was going to be leaving the company, and I got the offer to actually be in the Rumble. I remember Kevin Nash calling me and he goes, ‘hey Book, what are you going to do?’ And I go, ‘I’m going to be in the Rumble,’ and he goes, ‘me too, bro.’ And we showed up at the Rumble.”

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