Booker T has given an explanation for his unique commentary style when he’s on television Tuesday nights talking about WWE’s NXT brand.
During his wrestling career that earned him two WWE Hall of Fame rings as a six-time World Champion and Tag Team Champion with brother Stevie Ray of Harlem Heat, Booker T saw it all in pro wrestling and faced off against some of the best wrestlers of all.
These days, Booker still contributes a lot to pro wrestling with his podcast, a wrestling school and since October 2022, he’s been the color commentator on NXT sitting beside Vic Joseph. It’s a role that Booker used to do on the WWE main roster as well.
Booker T was recently guest on the Out of Character podcast with Ryan Satin and he talked about having fun while he’s doing commentary.
“I think having fun is very important. Getting that weekly dose, sitting at that table watching those young guys go out there and perform at a very high level, and then to add my form of commentary is pretty cool because I’m not a traditional commentator or anything like that.”
As he continued, Booker talked about how he didn’t think of himself as an announcer like Michael Cole, but he was there to entertain.
“I don’t claim to be like Michael Cole. I can’t do that, but I can entertain you. I can make you go, ‘Man, this is fun’, as well as I can be very educational, and I can really make the match feel like it’s something really, really going on at the same time. I think that’s what wrestling is. Wrestling is not like boxing. It’s not like MMA. Those sports are brutal. Wrestling is a relief.”
The next WWE NXT Premium Live Event is called Deadline on December 10th with Booker on commentary as Bron Breakker defends the NXT Title against Apollo Crews.