Booker T has hit back at claims NXT coaching methods are doing more harm than good.
At a live event on January 12th, Cora Jade suffered a knee injury, and her match against NXT Women’s Champion Lyra Valkyria was waved off.
The injury came after several female NXT stars sustained knee injuries in 2023, leading to claims NXT’s coaching methods could be causing the problems.
Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, NXT announcer Booker T discussed the issue and surmised that the injuries had more to do with a riskier wrestling style than training methods.
“We’re talking about a lot of the young talent getting injured these days. I was reading an article about the way the training may be taking place these days maybe having something to do with the injuries with the talent on the roster.
Me personally, I really don’t agree with that because they’re not getting injured in the training, they’re getting injured when they’re working [laughs]. Right or wrong? But my thing is, a lot of young talent, say for instance Sol Ruca, Nikkita Lyons, and now Cora Jade, have had injuries. The thing is, a lot of the guys have had injuries as well.
I’m wondering is it more the training, or is it more the work style? Because I’ve heard some of the ladies say they want to work just as hard as the men. They want to do dives and do stuff, take as many risks as the men.
I remember back in the day, the business was about going out there and making sure you could do it the next day. But today, young wrestlers, seems like throwing caution to the wind is just something that they do on a regular basis,”
Booker T Praises The Young Bucks
During the same episode, Booker T also paid tribute to The Young Bucks. The AEW stars have come in for major criticism in recent weeks after it was reported they would be taking on Sting and Darby Allin at Revolution in The Icon’s final match.
Booker praised the duo’s ability in the ring and tipped them to do everything possible to give Sting the best send-off possible.
H/t to Fightful