WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has given his opinion on the highly controversial match between Athena and Jody Threat on a recent episode of AEW Dynamite.
The October 17th AEW Dark: Elevation featured a divisive match between Athena and local talent Jody Threat, won by ‘The Fallen Goddess’ in just under five minutes. Although the match got off to a normal start, things took a turn for the worse when the former Ember Moon began laying into Threat following an alleged failed comeback sequence.
Footage of the over-physical match quickly went viral on social media, with many questioning and outright slamming Athena for her actions in the match. One source claimed in a Fightful Select report that she should have used the opportunity as a chance to “lead by example”, rather than make an example out of her opponent.
WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg has since blasted the match calling it “ugly” and saying there was “no money in it”.
Now, Booker T has weighed in on the situation. Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, the six-time World Champion claimed there was no way for Threat to brace herself from one particularly hard kick.
“I’m going to tell you, AEW, they are one bad accident away from something really, really being done about what’s going on in that company and people looking at it from a different perspective.”
“She kicked this girl so hard. There’s no way you could brace yourself for what I saw. Is it cool? Are the fans loving it? Yeah, yeah, they are loving it.
“But there’s a reason I’m still walking around today … it’s because I knew how to go out and perform.”
Booker T said there was a “certain way” he would wrestle that was different depending on whether he was at a house show, weekly TV, or a pay-per-view and “neither one of them was the same.”
He then went on to take aim at the fans, saying they “don’t give a damn” about wrestlers getting hurt.
“They don’t care about those guys in the ring. [Wrestlers] are nothing more than toys, a video game for these guys. If they’re not out there getting a ‘This is Awesome’ chant, they don’t give a damn about these guys going out there getting hurt. They really don’t.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.