The Rock and Booker T worked together a handful of times during their stints together in WWE, highlighted by their match at WWE SummerSlam 2001.
Despite their program in the summer and fall of 2001, The Rock wishes he got to do more with Booker T.
Taking to Twitter to respond to a post by Shane Helms, Rock revealed that one of his biggest regrets in wrestling was not working an extended feud with Booker.
Thank you, brother. I do too actually. One of my biggest regrets was not having a long run w Book. He was one of my fav workers and the best pure athlete I’ve ever wrestled. Fluid, sharp, believable movements and work style. I always say his moves had a rare swagger.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 2, 2021
Speaking on his Hall of Fame radio show, Booker responded to Rock's comments.
"I really appreciate The Rock saying those kind words as far as me being one of the most athletic guys. Me being, pretty much, a damn good worker. I get props like that for a lot of guys like Bret Hart. Bret Hart is one of the guys who says he really enjoyed working with me in WCW and I think he enjoyed working with me because there was chemistry. Hearing that coming from The Rock, it means a lot. Him saying that he wished our feud would've lasted a whole lot longer. That's reality. It should have. I feel like it could have been a six-month or year 'marriage' with The Rock if done properly. I don't know how good it would've been though. For me, working with The Rock, it would have gotten better the more times we worked. I don't remember working any house shows with The Rock. That's a rarity. We never got that chance to [work house shows]," he said.
Booker and Rock worked five one-on-one matches against each other, all of which took place on television.
"That's a match I don't think I've ever looked at," Booker said about their SummerSlam bout. "The Rock and I never got a chance to become friends. Laugh with each other, break bread with each other. I always thought he was, I wouldn't say untouchable, but he was a WWE guy. For me, coming in from WCW, I gave him that respect because he deserved it. I do think, over time, our chemistry would have been uncanny and we would have had that match that I could look back on and say, 'That was the match.' I don't remember a match or moment that I can look back on and say, 'That was my WWE moment' as far as in-ring goes because I became a total entertainer."
Aside from their SummerSlam bout, no singles match between Rock and Booker lasted over six minutes.
Booker and Rock have often been complementary towards each other in interviews and social media. Booker previously called Rock "the best promo guy in the business." You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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