WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has opened up on the moment that The Undertaker invited him into the TV locker room to dress with the WWE roster, saying that he had “earned that respect”.
Following the purchase of WCW by WWE, Booker T debuted on WWE TV by attacking ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin during the main event of King of The Ring 2001, helping kick off the Invasion storyline which saw an alliance of WCW and ECW wrestlers attempt to take over WWE.
The 6-Time World Champion was one of the highest-profile members of WCW to make the move to WWE and was put into prominent feuds from the outset. However, speaking on ‘Stories with Bradshaw and Brisco‘, he revealed he didn’t feel completely comfortable in the WWE locker room and didn’t dress there with the other members of the roster.
Booker T recounted that it was the locker room leader, The Undertaker, who invited him in to dress with the WWE Superstars. He believes this was because he had earned the ‘Deadman’s respect.
“I remember coming to work one day and Undertaker said, ‘Hey, man, why don’t you come and dress over here with us?’ That was the first time I dressed in the TV locker room. I earned that respect and it paid off.”
He went on to explain the importance of “making it” in the locker room, something he doesn’t think many of his WCW colleagues understood.
“I always tell people, ‘You gotta know how to make it in the locker room before you ever have a chance at making it in the ring. And I say that because I came from WCW, and every WCW guy, none of them knew how to make it in the locker room. They could work, they didn’t know how to make it in the locker room.”
The Undertaker has often been referred to as the ‘Conscience of WWE’ and acted as a locker room leader, providing guidance to other superstars over the course of his three-decade career.
H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above transcription.