Booker T questions whether or not AEW is doing the right thing bringing in so much veteran talent.
Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast on ESPN 97.5, Booker T was asked if he thought Mark Henry would make the jump to AEW after he revealed that he was hoping to have a match in the next six months. Furthermore, they discussed how the promotion has recently added longtime WWE veterans such as Paul Wight and Christian Cage to their roster. He said the following:
"Do you think this is the right move for AEW? Right now it seems like they're pulling a revamp of WCW. As far as signing veteran talent. Guys well past their better years of their careers. Guys that perhaps the young guys can take either one or two ways; that these guys are here to help us or these guys are here to take our spot."
Booker T then shared a story about how many of the WWF wrestlers that jumped to WCW during the Monday Night Wars were just there to collect a paycheque. Only a few people, such as Curt Hennig and Bret Hart, brought any sense of passion. He then said that when he went to TNA, he could feel the resentment towards him in the locker room and had to address everyone to ensure them that he was genuinely there to help.
Lastly, Booker was asked about Eric Bischoff's comments about the audience's investment in a character mattering more than their age. He said that he agree's to an extent, however, seeing performers in their 50's hold top spots is not something a young person can relate to. Up and comers needs to be given something to aspire towards and he worries that it's turning off hopeful wrestlers.
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