Booker T believes wrestling journalists like Dave Meltzer are “killing the business.”
Mustafa Ali was released from his WWE contract on September 21st, a move that came as a surprise to fans and those backstage alike as he was scheduled to face Dominik Mysterio at No Mercy on September 30th and had been building his feud with Mysterio on television just days before. Instead, Trick Williams earned a title shot and successfully defeated Mysterio at the premium live event.
Sean Ross Sapp later reported on Fightful Select that Ali had been slated to win the North American title at No Mercy, adding to frustration over his surprise release.
Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T didn’t mince words when speaking about the report, declaring that wrestling journalists providing insider information are “killing the business.”
“These sites are the sites that’s killing the business. These sites are really what’s wrong with the business today. You can agree to disagree with me on this.”
“I’m So Passionate About That” – Booker T
Continuing, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer explained that to him, providing backstage information is akin to spoiling the end of a movie. He went as far as to say that journalists should be banned from attending WWE events.
“If any of this is true… I feel like WWE needs to ban guys like this from ever coming into one of their locker rooms or one of their shows ever again. Because this is like giving away the ending of a movie for me… I don’t know if you’ve got some insider information or not on how the show is going to go, but guys like this, these Meltzers, these Alvarezes, and this guy that wrote this… should never, ever be able to be a part of our business, ever.
“And I’m so passionate about that because dammit, these are the guys that’s killing business, daily, writing stories like this… Whatever the hell happened with Mustafa Ali, it happened. But this story is what’s wrong with this business today, and guys like this should be banned from anywhere near one of our shows.”