Booker T has admitted regret over his actions during an incident with a fellow WWE Hall Of Famer.
The former five-time WCW Champion embarked upon one of the most entertaining runs of his long career after being crowned WWE King Of The Ring in 2006.
In the ensuing twelve months, King Booker was prominently featured on WWE Television and went on to life the World Heavyweight Championship after defeating Rey Mysterio at The Great American Bash on 23rd July 2006.
He embarked upon a memorable feud with Batista that famously spilled into off screen issues between the pair and battled a returning Triple H in a high profile bout at SummerSlam 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The feud proved to be Booker T’s last before his last before a 2007 move to TNA, however, with the Houston native requesting his release after his suspension for a disputed violation of WWE’s wellness policy.
It would spell the end of his full time in ring career in WWE with sporadic appearances only in the years that followed. Booker T would go on to confirm his retirement from the ring after a surprise appearance at the 2023 Royal Rumble.
The build up to the SummerSlam matchup with Triple H included another of wrestling’s Kings, Jerry Lawler, and Booker T has lifted the lid on his regret about his actions towards Lawler during an episode of Raw.
Booker T Regrets Jerry Lawler Incident In 2007.
Speaking on a recent edition of his podcast Hall Of Fame with Booker T and Brad Gilmore, the WWE Hall Of Famer revealed that he went over the top when striking Lawler with a monitor during an appearance on WWE Raw in August 2007:
“I should’ve went to jail that day because that was a crime. What I did to Lawler, it was a crime, it really was. When I go back and watch that, I go ‘Man, I didn’t have a heart.’ I really didn’t at that time.
I had lost it by the time I became King Booker at that point of the run. As well as he had really ticked me off that day.”
Booker T would go on to apologise to his fellow WWE Hall Of Famer, believing his actions:
“That was my final match … in WWE. I left the company after that. I was really upset.
Maybe that’s what it was, maybe it came out that night on Lawler when I look back on it. That final pay-per-view was with Hunter, and I left the company after that … I feel bad about that too. I’m sorry King, I’m sorry.”
H/T: WrestlingInc for the above transcription