Booker T shares his thoughts on the backstage confrontation between CM Punk and the Young Bucks.
While exact details remain unclear, Punk and the Young Bucks reportedly got into an altercation after the AEW World Champion's comments at the media scrum after AEW All Out. There, Punk took several shots at Hangman Page, the Young Bucks, and Kenny Omega. The Elite trio allegedly approached Punk, which led to what has been described as a melee. Everyone involved has since reportedly been suspended.
On his podcast, The Hall of Fame, Booker T and Brad Gilmore discussed the altercation, with Gilmore noting that wrestlers don't have to like each other, but they have to do their job. Booker brought up his backstage fight with Batista and noted that, while it was a serious confrontation, he was still able to work with him.
“People can say what they wanna say about Batista and I, and the altercation him and I had back in the day. It was a serious altercation, as serious as any altercation, as serious any altercation could ever be, seriously. But there was not one day that I didn’t think that I wouldn’t work with Batista. There wasn’t a day that I ever thought like that. You know, it was like, okay, we had an altercation, it was a fight. I think I got my respect out of it. I think he realized hey man, maybe I shouldn’t talk to Booker T a certain way, and it was like water under the bridge. It was one of those type of deals, but it wasn’t like to this day, I’m holding animosity for him because him and I had an altercation. That’s where it’s different with something like [this], it’s like a personal thing," Booker T said.
The WWE Hall of Famer continued by describing how some of the things that Punk said during the media scrum could make it difficult to simply move past it.
"It’s like a personal thing to where you gotta figure out, that’s why I say it’s gonna be hard to get past it. Just listening to some of the words that were said in the press scrum, it makes me as a worker that’s on the roster feel a certain way. We gotta go to catering together, we gotta talk with each other, we gotta go over matches together. We gotta come up with ideas. You’re not gonna be doing that with listening to how he said him and Jon Moxley feel a kinship because they went through something, as well as Castagnoli. You’re not even gonna work with those guys, that’s not gonna work. You’re not just gonna be able to work with WWE guys and be happy. So that’s not gonna work, so I’m just trying to figure out where does this thing end at the end of the day," he said.
Booker T and Batista got into a fight during their days in WWE, as Booker had an issue with the latter's attitude. Despite the altercation, they later moved past it, and as Booker said, it's water under the bridge.
In addition to the suspension, Punk is reportedly injured. More information is available here.
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