Weight: 250 lbs
Real Name: Bobby Huffman
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Other Names: Kane(WCW), G.I. Bro(WCW), Booker T(WCW/WWE/TNA), King Booker(WWE)
Wrestler Since: 1989
Finishing Maneuvers: Axe Kick/Scissors Kick, The Bookend, Harlem Hangover, Harlem Sidekick, Missile Dropkick, The Ghetto Blaster
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #38(2009), #34(2008), #18(2007), #19(2006), #20(2005), #24(2004), #7(2003), #14(2002), #5(2001), #61(2000), #60(1999), #7(1998), #84(1997), #86(1996), #89(1995), #224(1994), #182(1993), #200(1992), #390(1991)
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Weight: 250 lbs
Real Name: Bobby Huffman
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Other Names: Kane(WCW), G.I. Bro(WCW), Booker T(WCW/WWE/TNA), King Booker(WWE)
Wrestler Since: 1989
Finishing Maneuvers: Axe Kick/Scissors Kick, The Bookend, Harlem Hangover, Harlem Sidekick, Missile Dropkick, The Ghetto Blaster
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #38(2009), #34(2008), #18(2007), #19(2006), #20(2005), #24(2004), #7(2003), #14(2002), #5(2001), #61(2000), #60(1999), #7(1998), #84(1997), #86(1996), #89(1995), #224(1994), #182(1993), #200(1992), #390(1991)
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History: (Last Updated: 6/04/2006)
Bobby Huffman, better known to the wrestling world as Booker T, has been a gold-winning marvel throughout his career, both with his brother Lance (Stevie Ray) and on his own. He and his brother began training together as wrestlers under Scott Casey, debuting in 1989 in the WWA, where they spent three prosperous years learning the ropes. It was during this time that Bobby supposedly had some problems with the law, as he was arrested for aiding in the robbery of a Wendy's that he had been working at. Fortunately for Bobby, things were worked out, as the brothers continued their wrestling career.
Bobby and Lance moved on to the Global Wrestling Federation in the early '90s, where they became known as the Ebony Experience. The duo quickly were successful, defeating Gary Young and Stevie Dane in July '92. They only held the belts for a week, though, before losing the gold to the Blackbirds (Action Jackson & King Parsons). The Ebony Experience returned a month later to reclaim the titles, then held them a little longer, before dropping them to Johnny Mantrell & Black Bart. Booker T then took some time off for a knee injury, while Stevie Ray won the GWF North American Title. When Booker T returned, the two continued their winning ways, defeating Bad Breed to become the first 3-time GWF Tag-Team Champions. After losing to the Sicilian Stallions 2 1/2 months later, Bobby & Lance decided to head for the big time.
As Kane and Kole, the brothers entered into World Championship Wrestling in 1993 as Chi-Town Heat. They wrestled for a brief period as mid-low carders, teaming with guys like Vader, Davey Boy Smith, and other superstars, but soon began making their way up in the organization. They entered their first WCW Pay-Per-View at Fall Brawl '93, as the mystery tag-team partners of Vader & Sid Vicious. Unfortunately, they were not well-received, both by the fans (who wanted to see the Road Warriors) and their opponents (Sting, Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes, & the Shockmaster), who promptly defeated them in the War Games match. Kane & Kole next teamed with the Equalizer at Halloween Havoc '93, but met with similar success, falling to Ice Train, Charlie Norris, & the Shockmaster.
Going into the new year, Kane & Kole began changing their attitude, as well as their hometown, as they 'moved' from Chicago to New York, going from Chi-Town Heat to Harlem Heat. At Superbrawl '94, the team got its first big PPV victory, taking down Thunder & Lightning in the opening match thanks to Kane kicking Lightning in the head. However, with this victory, the team faded from view for a time, spending much of the rest of '94 building their image and skills up. Going into the Fall of '94, the two brothers reappeared on the scene, now known as Booker T & Stevie Ray of Harlem Heat. The duo started gaining momentum when they acquired Sister Sherri Martel as their manager, and finally began making their way up the tag-team division ladder.
The team began feuding with another major tag-team in the Nasty Boys, meeting several times in November and December. At Clash of the Champions XXIX, Harlem Heat got a huge victory over the Nasty Boys, with Stevie Ray pinning Jerry Sags, thanks in part to Sherri's interference. The two teams met again at Starrcade '94, with Sherri again playing a major role. This time, though, she wasn't on target, as she sprayed hairspray into Booker T's eyes by mistake. This allowed the Nasty Boys to take control, causing Sherri to come in and cause the DQ. By this time, Harlem Heat was on their way up, as they faced off against the WCW World Tag-Team Champions, Stars 'n' Stripes (Marcus Bagwell & the Patriot) at a TV Taping. With Sherri's assistance, Harlem Heat won the belts, becoming the top team in the company at the end of the year.
Harlem Heat retained the belts in a title rematch against Stars 'n' Stripes at Clash of the Champions XXX, continuing their heelish ways. With Stars 'n' Stripes taken care of, Harlem Heat again focused on their nemeses, the Nasty Boys. The two teams feuded over much of the next year. At Superbrawl V, it appeared that the Nasty Boys had won away the Tag Titles, after Sherri accidentally knocked Booker T off the top rope, while Sags rolled up Stevie Ray. But a second referee correctly noticed that Booker T had gone over the top rope, which was illegal at the time in WCW, which gave Harlem Heat the DQ victory. The Nasty Boys got some revenge the next month, however, when they won a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match against Harlem Heat at Uncensored '95. The belts, however, were not on the line.
At Slamboree '95, Harlem Heat again faced the Nasty Boys, this time with the belts on the line for the last time, as it was announced that the Nasty Boys only had one more shot. Harlem Heat got the advantage early, as they had assaulted Brian Knobbs before the match, leaving Sags in a 2-on-1 situation. But, although Harlem Heat dominated, their arrogance allowed Sags back into the match, then things got worse, as Knobbs arrived, bandaged, from the back and got the tag. Soon after, Knobbs took out Booker T and pinned him to win away the WCW Tag Titles. Harlem Heat immediately wanted a rematch for the belts, but first had to deal with Col. Robert Parker's tag-team, Buckhouse Buck & Dick Slater. The two teams faced off at the '95 Great American Bash, with Sherri helping to reverse a small package to get Harlem Heat the victory.
Only a week later, in June '95, Harlem Heat defeated the Nasty Boys to become two-time WCW World Tag-Team Champs. This renewed the feud between the two teams, with another team, the Bluebloods (Steve Regal & Bobby Eaton) getting involved as well. At Bash At The Beach '95, the three teams faced off in a "Triple Threat" Match for the Tag Titles. Near the end, Regal was heavily splashed by most of the participants in the match. The ref made a count, and awarded the pin to Stevie Ray, giving Harlem Heat the win and allowing them to keep the belts. A confident Harlem Heat put the belts on the line again the following week. Unfortunately, thanks to the antics of Col. Robert Parker, they lost the belts to Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater.
This started a long-term feud between the two teams, as well as a love/hate relationship between Sherri and Parker. The two seemed to be forming a connection with each other, even as their two respective teams went at it. At Clash of the Champions XXXI, Harlem Heat & Sherri faced the tag champs & Parker in a "Six-Person" Tag, with the Heat winning out thanks to Sherri. Parker, nonetheless, kept trying to impress Sherri, and after Sherri took a bad head shot, she seemed to suddenly be returning the interest. But the budding relationship between Sherri and Parker led to some discord between Harlem Heat and their manager, even as Buck & Slater started having serious problems with Parker. It all came to a head at Fall Brawl '95, as the two teams went at it while Sherri & Parker made loving eyes at each other. The match was actually decided by outside forces, as the Nasty Boys came down (after a ref bump) and got revenge on Buck, who had interfered in an earlier match. This allowed Booker T to make the pin, getting Harlem Heat the WCW Tag Titles for the third time.
After the match, Sherri and Col Parker kissed, uniting the two. This led to Buck & Slater firing Parker for his interest, so Parker later joined Sherri in managing Harlem Heat. The Heat had bigger problems, meanwhile, as, one day later, on Nitro, they surprisingly lost the Tag-Team Titles to the American Males (Buff Bagwell & Scotty Riggs). Not surprisingly, Harlem Heat immediately campaigned for a rematch, and a little over a week later, they again faced the American Males, beating them to regain the belts. Harlem Heat then concentrated on defending the belts proudly for the next few months, as they apparently earned the respect of the fans, even if they hadn't turned face. For the rest of the year, though, although they stayed the Tag-Team Champions, Harlem Heat didn't get much time on the PPVs, only making an appearance in the WWIII Battle Royal at World War III '95. Harlem Heat worked well enough as a team in the Battle Royal to last for a long while, but it was all for naught, as both were eliminated. Randy Savage eventually got the win.
Going into the new year, Harlem Heat started a rivalry with Lex Luger & Sting, who had teamed up despite Luger acting more and more like a heel. However, the team paid off, as Harlem Heat lost the belts to Luger & Sting in January '96. The feud continued for a while, as Harlem Heat wanted to regain the belts, even as Luger & Sting were having to deal with other challengers, like the Road Warriors. At Superbrawl VI, Harlem Heat went at it with the tag champs, looking to regain their prizes. However, the Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal), who were going to get a title shot later on in the evening, interfered, taking out Stevie Ray with a lead pipe to allow Luger to get the pin.
The problems between Harlem Heat and the Road Warriors continued to grow, leading to Stevie Ray being taken out by the Warriors at one point. This led to Booker T teaming up with Sting (Luger was involved in the main event later on) to take on the Warriors in a "Chicago Street Fight" at Uncensored '96. The match was an out-and-out war, with all four wrestlers use different weapons, from chairs to broomsticks. In the end, Stevie Ray came out of the back to help his brother, giving Hawk a chair shot to the head to help Booker T make the pin, winning the match and getting some revenge. Harlem Heat kept feuding with the Road Warriors for the next few months, as well as looking for a chance to get the belts back around their waist. At Slamboree '96 in May, a "Battlebowl"-style tournament was set up, with all tag-team partners being split. This led to the interesting match-up of Booker T being forced to team with Animal against Animal's partner, Hawk, and Lex Luger. The two teams went at it for a while, but, not surprisingly, neither team could get along, with Hawk & Luger fighting at one point. Both teams eventually brawled out of the ring, leading to a Double Count-Out, which kept both out of the final match of the PPV. Booker T then could only watch as Stevie Ray and his partner, Big Bubba, also had problems, leading to them losing to Scott Norton & Ice Train.
Harlem Heat soon regrouped and stayed a major force in the WCW Tag-Team Division, earning a spot near the end of June '96 in a "Triangle" Match against Luger & Sting, who were still the champions, and the Steiner Brothers. After a wild match, Harlem Heat reclaimed the gold for the 5th time. While Luger & Sting left the tag division for a while to start battling the nWo, Harlem Heat concentrated against the Steiners, defeating them, via DQ, in a dark match at Bash At The Beach '96. The war continued between the two teams over the next month, with the Steiners winning away the WCW Tag Titles near the end of July '96, only to have Harlem Heat take them back 3 days later. At Hogg Wild '96, the two teams squared off again, this time with Harlem Heat retaining the belts.
Harlem Heat, as the champions, would face several major challengers over the next few months, including the Steiners, a reformed Luger & Sting, The Public Enemy, and the Nasty Boys, whom Harlem Heat defended against at Fall Brawl '96. Both Sherri & Col Parker were at ringside to help distract Knobs & Sags. Sherri also was a key factor in Harlem Heat's victory, hitting Knobs with Parker's cane to knock him out. A few weeks later, though, the luck didn't hold, as The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) were able to take away the belts. At the beginning of October '96, Harlem Heat got their rematch, and once again made the most of it, becoming the 7-Time WCW World Tag-Team Champions.
This apparently got the attention of the Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall), who were the major force of the new World order at the time. The nWo was interested in taking all of the gold for themselves, making Booker T & Stevie Ray faces in the eyes of the fans, since they were fighting for WCW. At Halloween Havoc '96, the two teams met up, with Harlem Heat holding the champions' advantage. They also seemed to have the edge in numbers, having Sherri & Col Parker at ringside. But Sherri was basically taken out after Hall opted to give her a kiss, and Parker's presence turned out to be the downfall for his team. While the referee was distracted by Stevie Ray, Booker T got the Harlem Hangover on Hall, only to have Nash steal Parker's cane and hit Booker T with it, allowing Hall to get the pin and win away the Tag-Team Titles.
Although Harlem Heat was interested in getting the belts back, they had their own internal problems to deal with. On one show, Sherri was expected to marry Col Parker. However, Parker left Sherri at the altar, instead going after Madusa. Parker later joined with the Amazing French Canadians (Jacques Rougeau & Pierre Oulette), as Sherri & Harlem Heat sought revenge. At World War III '96, Harlem Heat took on the Amazing French Canadians, and won out in the end with the Harlem Hangover. This got Sherri five minutes in the ring with Parker, and she immediately started attacking him. Parker soon ran for it, getting away from the woman scorned. Harlem Heat competed in the World War III Battle Royal later in the night, but couldn't stand up against the nWo, who eliminated both men. The Giant went on to win the match.
Harlem Heat continued to work together going into the new year, although title shots were few and far between, since the nWo (and the Outsiders) weren't giving them out very often. At Clash of the Champions XXXIV, Harlem Heat started to make the climb back up, taking out Joe Gomez & the Renegade. This helped Harlem Heat get into a "Four Corners" Match scheduled at Superbrawl VII between themselves, the Steiner Brothers, the Faces of Fear (Meng & the Barbarian), and The Public Enemy. However, the Steiners were both injured due to the nWo running them off the road at one point, making the match a "Triple Threat" bout instead. Unfortunately for Harlem Heat, they were not factors at the end of the match, as The Public Enemy double-teamed the Barbarian and got the victory.
Harlem Heat got some revenge at Uncensored '97, winning a "#1 Contenders Hardcore" Match over The Public Enemy, thanks in great part to Jeff Jarrett & Steve "Mongo" McMichael attacking Rocco Rock. Unfortunately, Harlem Heat couldn't make the most of their opportunity, as the Outsiders, with nWo assistance, stayed the WCW Tag-Team Champions. Still, things were looking up for Harlem Heat, as they managed to get involved in a "Four Way WCW Heavyweight Title #1 Contenders" Match at Spring Stampede '97, also involving Lex Luger and the Giant. There was some concern going into the match that Harlem Heat would have to fight each other, but Sherri promised that it wouldn't be a problem. The match started almost as a tag-team affair, as Harlem Heat tagged each other in against Luger & the Giant. At one point, though, both brothers were tagged in and went at it for a brief while, before Booker tagged in Luger. The match finished similar to a tag-team match after that, as the Giant kept Booker T out of the ring, while Luger put Stevie Ray in the Torture Rack, forcing him to submit and winning the title shot.
With the loss of the title shot, Harlem Heat sank back into the large contenders' pool for the WCW World Tag-Team Titles. Over the next few months, Harlem Heat faced off against teams like The Public Enemy, the Steiner Brothers, and the nWo's Vicious & Delicious (Scott Norton & Buff Bagwell), trying to work their way back to the tag-team gold, with little success. Along the way, Harlem Heat moved away from Sister Sherri, which seemed to be hurting their ability to win. Thus, at Road Wild '97, with Harlem Heat scheduled to face Vicious & Delicious, Booker T & Stevie Ray promised a surprise, and delivered it, as Jacqueline (coming over from the WWF) walked out to join them. Jacqueline helped Harlem Heat win the match, distracting Norton by jumping on his back after Norton had hit Booker T with his Shoulder Breaker. Booker T then got a quick kick for the victory.
With Jacqueline on their side, Harlem Heat started to move up the rankings again, getting into a "#1 Contender" Match at Fall Brawl '97 against the Steiner Brothers. However, the Steiners were too much on that particular evening, with the Steiners taking out Stevie Ray with a double-team suplex for the victory. Harlem Heat then sank back into the tag-team depths, unable to get their title shots, especially after Jacqueline left the team. As 1997 ran down, Stevie Ray was put on the shelf with a knee injury, keeping Harlem Heat from contending. However, it didn't hold Booker T back, as he began to work on his singles career in his brother's absence. A day after Starrcade '97, in what was considered a major upset, Booker T defeated the Disco Inferno for the WCW World Television Title, Booker T's first singles gold with the company. With one win, a rough year had become a successful one for Booker T.
Booker T then went on to have a brief feud with Rick Martel, leading to a match between the two at Souled Out '98. The two had mutual respect for each other, but with obvious aggression due to the belt being on the line. At the end, Booker T's skills proved too much for Martel's experience, as Booker T hit the Harlem Hangover for the victory. After the match, Booker T and Martel shook hands, only to see Perry Saturn run in and attack Martel (whom he was feuding with). Booker T made the save. A few weeks later, Booker T gave a rematch to Martel on Nitro. Once again, Saturn made an appearance, going after Martel when the ref was down. Booker T took out Saturn with a kick, but this left him open to Martel locking him in the Quebec Crab and winning the match, taking away the Television Title!
A few days later, Booker T got his chance to regain the belt at Superbrawl VIII, taking on Martel for the TV Title, with the winner having to face Saturn for the belt right afterwards. After a very competitive match, Booker T caught Martel with an axe kick as Martel was coming off the turnbuckle, winning the match and regaining the Television Championship. Saturn attacked right afterwards, trying to make Booker T submit to the Rings of Saturn. Booker T was able to escape, however, continuing the match. Near the end, Booker T missed the Harlem Hangover, giving Saturn the advantage. But Booker T was able to come back after a couple of near-pins to catch Saturn with a quick kick, winning two matches back-to-back to stay the TV Champ.
Booker T stayed a fighting champion for the next month, eventually signing to face Eddie Guerrero for the belt at Uncensored '98. With Chavo Guerrero, Eddie's nephew, forced to watch at ringside, Booker T and Eddie had a strong match of back-and-forth action, with Eddie's heel tactics riling up the crowd. In the end, Booker T used his Missile Dropkick (which was quickly replacing the more-difficult Harlem Hangover as his finisher) to win the match, staying the champion. Booker T next started feuding with "The Crippler" Chris Benoit. The feud began as mutual respect between the two, with the belt hanging between them. At Spring Stampede '98, the two faced off for the gold. Benoit nearly won the match, putting Booker T into the Crippler Crossface, but the ref was down, keeping the match going. As Benoit checked on the ref, Booker T got the Axe Kick for the victory, retaining his title through slightly dirty tactics.
This kept the feud between the two wrestlers hot, as they began to face off on multiple occassions for the gold. At one point, the wrestlers traded the Television Title back and forth a few days in a row. Eventually, due to Benoit's interference, Booker T lost the belt to Dave "Fit" Finley. After Booker T subsequently involved himself in a Benoit-Finley match, keeping Benoit from winning the gold, the two opted for a seven-match series, in which the winner would go on to a title shot against Finley. The series went all the way and beyond, as Benoit and Booker T had great match after great match. It's still thought of as one of the best series in wrestling history. The deciding factor soon turned out to be the return of Stevie Ray, who stood at ringside and gave moral support to Booker T. In what was supposed to be the seventh match of the series, Bret Hart, who had been trying to get Benoit (his fellow Canadian) to join him in the nWo, attacked Booker T while the ref was down. However, Benoit, not wanting a win like that, told the ref, getting himself DQ'ed instead. Booker T then said that he wouldn't accept it, either, leaving a deciding match still in the air.
It was quickly decided that the two wrestlers had to face off one more time to decide it all. At the '98 Great American Bash, Booker T and Benoit faced off again, this time to decide who would win the series and face Fit Finlay for the TV Title later that night. The two had another competitive match, with Booker T winning out in the end with the Missile Dropkick. Booker T seemed to be at a disadvantage, though, going into the match against Finlay, as he had injured his knee during the bout. Finlay capitalized on the injury, trying to make it worse, but Booker T came back and got a piledriver to take out Finlay and become a 5-time Television Champion.
Booker T next focused on the man who had attacked him during the Best-of-7 Series, "The Hitman" Bret Hart. Hart was disappointed in Benoit's actions, and wanted to get the gold for himself. At Bash At The Beach '98, the two wrestlers faced off with the gold on the line. Booker T seemed to have an edge near the end, despite his knee still bothering him. Hart, though, got out of the ring and got a chair, coming back in and using it on Booker T's knee, causing the disqualification but also putting Booker T on the shelf. This was actually to cover the fact that Booker T needed knee surgery.
For a time, Stevie Ray took over the TV Title and defended it like it was his own, despite never fully saying that Booker T had given him the right to defend it. In any case, Stevie Ray lost Booker T's belt to Chris Jericho, ending the reign. Stevie Ray continued to show bad tactics over the next few months, as he joined up with the new World order. In November '98, Booker T made his return, challenging Hart and questioning his brother's decision to join the nWo. However, a fight between the two brothers did not materialize, as Stevie Ray seemed to be avoiding a confrontation. Booker T later became involved in minor feuds with the Disco Inferno and others, mostly coming out on top as 1998 came to an end.
Booker T began to climb his way back into contention in the new year, facing off against some of the top contenders for the Television Title. He faced the Disco Inferno at Superbrawl IX, with the two having a very competitive match before Booker T broke out the Harlem Hangover, to the approval of the crowd, to get the victory. This win gave Booker T a lot of momentum, and at Uncensored '99, he returned to the top of the ladder, defeating Scott Steiner (after an errant chair shot from Buff Bagwell) and becoming a 6-time WCW Television Champion. He defended the TV Title against all comers, then entered the US Title Tournament as well, after Scott Hall was injured. Booker T made it to the Finals at Spring Stampede '99, but Scott Steiner stole the victory, and the title, with a foreign object.
In May '99, Booker T appeared to have renewed acquaintances with his brother, Stevie Ray, who came into the ring to take out Booker T's opponent more than once. However, Rick Steiner came out and started attacking the two brothers, setting up a match at Slamboree '99. During the match, Scott Steiner, Rick's brother, appeared and helped Rick win the TV Title from Booker. Booker then disappeared for a while, wrestling occasionally as a midcarder. In late July '99, though, the reunification began. Booker T and Stevie Ray made saves for the other, then, finally, it happened. Booker T asked his brother to take off his nWo t-shirt, and Stevie Ray did it, reuniting Harlem Heat.
As soon as the brothers came back together, their sights became locked on their former property: the WCW World Tag-Team Titles. They began challenging the Triad (Diamond Dallas Page, Bam-Bam Bigelow, and Kanyon) for the gold. On the first Nitro of August '99, they defeated the Triad in a non-title match. This set up the Title Match at Road Wild '99. Despite attempted interference by Page, Harlem Heat defeated Bigelow & Kanyon to win the Tag-Team Titles for the 8th time, a great record. A few weeks later, though, Harlem Heat was upset by the West Texas Rednecks, as Barry and Kendall Windham walked away with the belts. The two groups feuded for the month, then met at Fall Brawl '99, where, for the 9th time, Harlem Heat won the gold.
Harlem Heat lost the tag belts a week before Halloween Havoc '99, losing to Konnan and Rey Mysterio Jr of the Filthy Animals. Thankfully, the PPV gave the duo one more shot, and they took advantage, winning a triangle match over Konnan & Billy Kidman (subbing for an injured Mysterio) and Brian Knobs & Hugh Morrus. Their 10th reign as a team failed to last, though, as at the following Nitro, they were beaten by Konnan & Kidman. Shorty thereafter, the problems started again within Harlem Heat, which could be traced back to one name: Midnight. Midnight was the black powerhouse lady who appeared when the lights went out, helping to defend Harlem Heat against their foes. But although Booker T showed respect and admiration to her, Stevie Ray only showed resentment and jealousy.
Booker T had more to worry about, though. First, Booker T lost in the first round of the WCW World Title Tournament, to Jeff Jarrett. But Booker was then named the #1 Contender for the United States Heavyweight Title, and began a feud with Scott Hall, who held both the TV and US Titles. Despite Booker T's best efforts against Hall, he walked away from Mayhem '99 with another defeat on his record, and no title to show for it. Meanwhile, Midnight's presence began to be felt in WCW, and Stevie Ray's anger with her became more apparent with each show. The trio fought Creative Control (the Harris Brothers) & Curt Hennig at Starrcade '99, but the obvious friction between Stevie Ray and Midnight kept the group apart enough for the loss. Soon after, Stevie Ray forced a choice, striking at Midnight with his Slapjack. Booker T came to her defense, and Stevie Ray went after Booker as well. Harlem Heat, possibly the greatest tag-team in wrestling, was again broken up.
Booker T and Stevie Ray feuded for the next month, with the violence between the two growing greater and greater. They met at Souled Out '00 inside the ring to decide who, finally, was the better brother. However, the match ended in a DQ win for Booker T, when "Big T" (formerly known as Ahmed Johnson) made his first appearance in WCW, attacking Booker. It soon became apparent that Stevie Ray considered Big T his brother's replacement. He brought in his lawyer, actually getting an order that said Booker could no longer use the "T" in his name, nor enter to the Harlem Heat music, since his brother owned the copyright. Booker and Big T fought at Superbrawl X, but Stevie Ray helped to make sure that Big T got the victory. The feud continued into the next month, as Booker found himself a partner and ally in Billy Kidman, to fight off the "new" Harlem Heat. Kidman & Booker worked well as a team, defeating Stevie Ray & Big T at Uncensored '00. Soon after, the feud lost ground, as the New Blood began.
When Vince Russo & Eric Bischoff came back to WCW and formed the New Blood in April '00, Booker, surprisingly, was one of the ones to quickly join them, fighting against the more established stars in the Millionaire's Club. However, friction quickly grew between Booker and his allies, as Booker did not display the heart for the violence Russo & Bischoff wanted. At Spring Stampede '00, Booker fought in the WCW United States Heavyweight Title Tournament. He lost in the first round, however, in a clean match with Sting. The two shook hands at the end of the match, showing that there was no animosity between them. This was a sure sign that Booker wouldn't be with the New Blood much longer. When Bischoff fired a bunch of the younger, less established wrestlers, Booker T came to their defense, joining them. This created the Misfits In Action, or M.I.A., consisting of Hugh Morrus (Captain E. Rection), Lash LaRoux (Cpl Cajun), Chavo Guerrero Jr (Lt Loco), and Van Hammer (Major Stash).
Booker T continued to help his newfound allies against the Filthy Animals, which was a branch of the New Blood. Bischoff, angry at the defiance, fired Booker T after a match, despite his protests. Next week, Booker T reappeared in army fatigues next to his military allies, calling himself "G.I. Bro", a gimmick he had used once in a lesser federation. As G.I. Bro, he joined with Captain Rection and his troops against the New Blood, and, most particularly, the Filthy Animals. The two groups faced off numerous times, normally with G.I. Bro cleaning house. G.I. Bro also continued his wars with the New Blood, focusing on "PerfectSean" Stasiak. The two met in a Boot Camp match at the '00 Great American Bash. The rules were that the first man to not answer the 10 count lost. Even with Chuck Palumbo interfering on behalf of his partner, G.I. Bro pulled out the victory over his adversary. A few weeks later, however, "G.I. Bro" handed the reigns of the MIA to Rection, making him a 'general', then came out as Booker T once again. The G.I. Bro gimmick was once again short-lived.
Booker T then entered into a short feud with Kanyon, with the two great technical wrestlers putting on different displays of wrestling talent. At Bash at the Beach '00, Kanyon managed to sneak away with the victory, after Jeff Jarrett ran down to knock out Booker with his guitar. Despite the loss, Booker had better things coming that night. In the match between Jarrett and Hogan for the World Title, Jarrett surprisingly laid down on his back, letting Hogan pin him. Vince Russo then came out and proclaimed that Hogan could have the old title belt, but that Jarrett and Booker T would be fighting in the main event for the new one. Booker T took advantage of the surprise match by catching Jarrett off the turnbuckle with the Book-End (similar to the Rock Bottom), earning the World Heavyweight Title for the first time in his career.
Jarrett, still calling himself "The Chosen One", immediately demanded a rematch against the new World Champion. After a month of confrontations, the two met again at New Blood Rising, where Booker T again came through in the clutch, getting his Bookend to take down the Chosen One. Booker then faced his next challenge, that of "Big Sexy" Kevin Nash, who won a #1 Contender's Match at New Blood Rising. The two fought on many occassions, with Nash managing to steal away the World Title at one point. When the two met in a Steel Cage match at Fall Brawl '00, Booker T showed that the bigger they are, the harder they fall, regaining the World Title from Big Sexy. This was the start, however, of one of Booker T's greatest feuds, as Nash's ally at the time, Scott Steiner, became the next one to challenge the World Champion.
Booker T and Big Poppa Pump soon began a very bloody feud that lasted for months, meeting at consecutive pay-per-views. Booker T managed to survive at Halloween Havoc '00, as Steiner's temper got the better of him, causing the disqualification victory. But the two weren't done yet. In an epic "Straight Jacket Steel Cage" match at Mayhem '00, Booker T finally fell, as Steiner pulled off the upset and walked away with the World Title. Booker T, meanwhile, was put on the sidelines with various injuries. He would not return for many months, as Steiner, in his reign of terror on WCW, bragged about ending Booker's career.
In March '01, Steiner, still the World Champion, was in the midst of a feud with Diamond Dallas Page. Steiner continued to claim that he had eliminated much of the talent in WCW, calling Page the Last Man Standing. However, Page had a surprise for Steiner on a Nitro, bringing out the returning Booker T. Booker, DDP, & Ernest "The Cat" Miller fought Steiner, Lex Luger, & Buff Bagwell in a 6-man tag that night, with the fans getting a large dose of what they had missed. Booker T won out the night, getting the Axe Kick on Steiner and the pin, coming back in style. While DDP and Steiner were busy in the World Title fight, Booker T went after the United States Title, which was around Steiner's brother Rick's waist. The two met at WCW Greed, where a fierce fight ensued. In the end, after Shane Douglas interfered and knocked Rick off the turnbuckle, Booker T got the Bookend to gain the US Heavyweight Championship for the first time.
After the victory, Booker T renewed his vow to get revenge on Scott Steiner for being put out of action for so long. Steiner in turn swore to place Booker T's name back on his elimination list. The two were slotted to face off one more time on WCW's Season Finale of Monday Nitro for the Unification of the US and World belts. It was the opening match of the night, with both men pulling out all the stops. In the end, Booker T performed a brilliant flip out of a Powerbomb attempt and got the Bookend, pinning Steiner to finally earn revenge, as well as the Heavyweight Title for a fourth time. The night ended with Booker T on top of the federation, holding two titles, one for each hand. That was the end of the run of the Turner-ran WCW, with Booker T standing on top.
WWF:The WCW/ECW Alliance
In June '01, at the World Wrestling Federation's King of the Ring '01, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, the WWF World Champion, was taking on Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho in a "Triple Threat" match for the belt. During the match, all three men were down, with Austin away from the rest on the outside. Booker T then suddenly reappeared, attacking Austin with lefts, rights, and axe kicks. He then gave Austin the Bookend through the announcers' table, before leaving due to security. At the next Raw, Booker T, with new WCW owner Shane McMahon at his side, appeared at WWF New York and taunted Austin, asking him how it felt to be the hunted. He then called Austin out, saying that if Austin wanted some, he could come get some. Austin, with Kurt Angle, headed angrily towards WWF New York, then searched for Booker T & Shane McMahon, but was told that they had left. Back at Madison Square Garden, Vince McMahon was waiting in the ring, when his son Shane came out. As Vince was yelling at Shane, Booker T came out of the crowd and entered the ring, clobbering Vince with an Axe Kick. He then departed the way he came, as WWF wrestlers charged the ring.
On the next Raw, WCW was allowed by the WWF to have matches on their program. Booker T was signed as the first one to wrestle, facing off against another WCW wrestler, Buff Bagwell, with the WCW World Title on the line. Both Booker T and Buff went at it, with the gold on the line. But after Booker T hit his Axe Kick on Buff, he was then assaulted by both Austin & Angle, getting beat down. It soon became a triple team, as Bagwell surprisingly joined in on the brawl. With the odds 3-on-1, Booker T was savagely beaten and thrown out of the arena. In a nice twist of irony, Buff soon joined him outside, as Austin & Angle turned on him. At Smackdown, Booker T again defended his belt, this time against Diamond Dallas Page, who snapped and tried to use a chair. He was distracted, though, by the Undertaker, allowing Booker T to get the roll-up and stay the WCW Champion. After the match, Angle again raced to the ring and attacked, trying the Olympic Slam. Booker T broke out of it, though, then took out Angle with an Axe Kick, followed by a knockout shot with the WCW Title. While Booker T was taking care of business, though, DDP and a large number of WCW wrestlers attacked the Undertaker outside, taking him out. Shane McMahon tried to stop them, only to get taken out by DDP as well. Booker T tried to make the save, only to have the numbers knock him out.
The next week at Raw, Shane McMahon surprisingly allied with Page, showing that the assault was actually a trick to give him a shot at the Undertaker. Booker T also turned heel, with little action required on his part. During the night, Booker T was challenged to a match for the WCW World Title by Kurt Angle, and accepted. During the match, Angle got his Angle Lock on Booker T, only to have the WCW ref, Nick Patrick, ignore it and yell at Shane McMahon instead. Later on, after Patrick was knocked out of the ring, Angle landed the Olympic Slam and made the cover, with the WWF ref, Earl Hebner, running to the ring. He only got a 2 count, though, before Patrick pulled him out of the ring. While the two referees rolled out, punching and kicking, Booker T got the WCW Title from Shane and knocked out Angle. Another WCW referee, Charles Robinson, then hit the ring and counted the 3 count, allowing Booker T to retain the belt in heel fashion. Later that night, Booker T joined the rest of the WCW faction as they allied themselves with the ECW group, brutally beating the WWF wrestlers and truly igniting the Invasion.
Booker T next appeared next to Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley at the next Raw, with Steph congratulating him on holding two WCW titles. During the conversation, Chris Jericho appeared, taunting Stephanie. Booker T stepped up for her, saying that he shouldn't be talking to a lady like that. Jericho then retorted with a challenge, wanting Booker T to put up the WCW World Title. With Stephanie's approval, Booker T reluctantly agreed. At the match, the energy went back and forth, with the WCW referee once again apparently giving Booker T some breaks, acting injured when Jericho hit the Lionsault for the pin. Later on, Jericho got the Liontamer, and Booker T tapped, only to have Nick Patrick again claim to be hurting. Patrick was then knocked out of the ring by Earl Hebner, who then went to signal for the bell, only to be stopped by Shane McMahon. McMahon was then knocked down by Jericho, but Booker T recovered enough for a low blow and a roll-up, earning the fast count by Patrick and again narrowly escaping with the WCW World Title.
At Invasion, Booker T was the leader of the ECWCW team, along with Diamond Dallas Page (WCW), Rhyno (ECW), & the Dudley Boys (ECW). They took on the apparently revamped "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Kane & the Undertaker. During the brawl, Booker T took some hard shots, including an accidental Gore from Rhyno. This put him off-balance enough for Angle to take the advantage, and eventually hit his Angle Slam and put on the Angle Lock. But with the referee down, no one was there to check on Booker T's submission. Before a new ref could get there, Austin entered the ring and shockingly turned on the WWF, Stunning Angle and rolling Booker T on top. A shaken ref made the 1-2-3, giving Booker T's team the win and earning Booker T a great new ally in "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, placing both World Champions on the same team for the first time.
On the next Raw, Booker T joined the Dudley Boyz in challenging Edge & Christian when they were talking bad about Austin. Edge & Christian quickly got a fired-up Kurt Angle as their tag-team partner, as the six men went at it in a Tables Match. The Dudley Boyz were able to eliminate Christian with a 3D through a table, and Booker T later sent Edge through one with a bodyslam, making it 3-on-1. However, Angle fought back and eliminated both D'Von & Booker T with table shots, before WCW referee Nick Patrick & an interfering Austin helped Bubba Ray eliminate Angle. A few days later on Smackdown, Angle, while mouthing off to Austin & the Alliance, told Booker T he could beat him anytime. This led to Booker T putting the WCW Title up against Angle in a match. Despite interference from Kanyon (whom Booker T had given the US Title to earlier in the night) and Austin, Booker T still tapped to the Ankle Lock, losing the WCW World Title to Angle.
Booker T was granted a rematch with Angle on the next Raw, in a No Disqualification Match. The match featured a major brawl between the WWF wrestlers and the Alliance wrestlers. In the end, thanks to all the interference, Booker T got the Axe Kick on Angle for a 2 count, and Austin came in and gave Angle the Stone Cold Stunner, helping Booker T regain the gold. On the same night, the Rock made his return and confirmed that he was staying with the WWF squad. When he challenged Austin for his WWF World Title, though, Booker T came out to tell him that Austin wasn't in his league. The two traded insults, leading to a match being set up between the two at the next PPV. The two wrestlers met up frequently over the next few weeks, with Shane McMahon basically becoming the manager of his WCW champion.
At Summerslam '01, Booker T put his belt on the line against the Rock, with Shane in his corner. Shane immediately had an impact, as the Rock chased him around and into the ring, where Booker T was waiting to attack, getting the advantage. Shane later also hit the Rock in the head with the WCW Title, nearly getting Booker T the win. But the APA (WWF wrestlers) then came out and attacked Shane, taking him out with a Clothesline From Hell, leveling the playing field somewhat. Booker T still almost got the win with the Bookend, but in the end, he decided to use the Spinerooni at the wrong time, spinning right into a Rock Bottom and getting pinned, losing the WCW Heavyweight Title once again.
The Rock added some more humilation to Booker T on the next Raw, as he brought out a midget Booker T to 'confront' him. He had the midget do the Spinerooni, followed by various other dances, until Lance Storm came out on Booker T's behalf and superkicked the midget. Booker T, who hadn't even shown up to the arena until after the Rock defeated Storm in a match, was laughed at by many people in the back. He went to Commissioner William Regal's office and demanded a rematch with the Rock, but wasn't granted it, since the Rock had already wrestled. Instead, Booker T called out Regal's assistant, Tajiri, who had been laughing as well. Booker T destroyed Tajiri, choking him out even as the ref tried to stop him, getting thrown across the ring, causing the DQ. Booker T continued to grow more violent over the next few weeks, hitting the Big Show with a steel chair to get a DQ on one Raw and interfering to help Rhyno & Rob Van Dam beat Chris Jericho & the Rock on the next Smackdown.
It was soon decided that the Rock would defend his WCW Title against both Booker T & Shane McMahon in a "Handicap" Match at Unforgiven '01. Before the match, Booker T was seen thinking about being a 6-time WCW World Champion, before being interrupted by Shane, who said that the important thing was bringing the belt back to the Alliance. After Booker left, though, Shane looked at himself in the mirror, considering his own look as a WCW Champion. The match was a back-and-forth affair, with Booker T & Shane using their advantage as much as possible. They also got some help from Alliance member Test, who attacked the Rock right in front of the referee. This wasn't a problem, as the referee was Alliance member Nick Patrick. However, this backfired on the Alliance, as WWF referee Mike Keoda ran out and intervened, taking out Patrick. Booker T subsequently took out Keoda, but this allowed the Rock to get the upper hand, Rock Bottoming Booker T as WWF Head Referee Earl Hebner ran to the ring to make the count, again keeping Booker T from reclaiming the WCW Title.
Booker T went the other route on the next Raw, challenging Kurt Angle for the WWF World Title, but again fell, submitting to Angle's Ankle Lock. However, on the next Smackdown, Booker T finally won a title match, teaming with Test and winning the WCW World Tag-Team Titles, for the 11th time, from Kane & the Undertaker, thanks to Shane distracting the Undertaker and allowing Booker T to use a steel chair on him. Going into October '01, Booker T continued his feud with the Undertaker, while Test feuded with Kane, with the WCW Tag Titles keeping the two feuds together. On the October 8th edition of Raw, Booker T & Test defended the WCW Tag Titles against the Hardy Boyz. Thanks in large part to the Undertaker coming down and giving Booker T the Last Ride, the Hardyz won away the belts, intensifying the feud.
At No Mercy '01, Booker T couldn't wait to start the match against the Undertaker. He attacked him while the Dead Man was still riding his motorcycle, beginning the fight on the outside. When they finally got to the ring, the match officially started, commencing in a wild brawl. Booker T came close several times to pinning the Undertaker, hitting his Missile Dropkick and the Scissors Kick. But the Undertaker was just too strong, catching Booker T on the turnbuckle when he was delivering punches and giving Booker T the Last Ride, continuing Booker T's WWF PPV losing streak.
Booker T didn't stay down, however, as he teamed with Test on the first November '01 Smackdown (taped in October) to defeat Chris Jericho & the Rock for the WWF World Tag-Team Titles, thanks in part due to miscues by Jericho which led to the Rock getting the Big Boot from Test. The duo would hold the belts for the next few weeks before once again losing tag titles to the Hardy Boyz. In the meantime, the war between the Alliance and the WWF had reached its breaking point, with a special 10-Man "Winner Take All" Elimination Match at the Survivor Series. Booker T was picked to be on the team, along with Austin and Kurt Angle, who betrayed the WWF for the Alliance. The WWF counted by causing a lot of speculation about Austin's alligiance, making it seem that Austin was going to betray the Alliance.
At the '01 Survivor Series, Booker T joined with Austin, Angle, Rob Van Dam, & Shane McMahon to go against Chris Jericho, the Rock, Kane, The Undertaker, & the Big Show. In the match, the Big Show surprisingly went first, being taken out by RVD's 5-Star Frog Splash, followed by a Flying Elbow from Shane. As Shane celebrated, though, Kane & the Undertaker entered the ring, with Kane getting a Chokeslam, followed by the Undertaker piledriving him. Jericho then got the Lionsault to eliminate Shane, making it 4-on-4. Kane was the next to go, as RVD eliminated him with a missile dropkick. Later on, the Undertaker was battling Angle, having knocked him down. But Austin came in without a tag and hit the Stone Cold Stunner, then rolled Angle on top, eliminating the Dead Man. However, only a few minutes later, Booker T was caught by the Rock, getting taken out of the match. Booker T could then only watch from the back as Angle turned on the Alliance, helping the Rock beat Austin to end the run of the Alliance once and for all.
Booker T only took a couple of shows off, however, despite 'losing his job'. On the November 26th Raw, Booker T surprisingly appeared to help William Regal, who was back to being a stooge for Vince McMahon, defeat the Big Show. Booker T was chased off by security after the match. Booker T reappeared again in December '01, hot-wiring Steve Austin's truck and stealing it, with Austin giving chase. On the next Smackdown, Booker T confronted Ric Flair (who now owned 50% of WWE) about getting his job back. Unfortunately, since Vince wasn't there, Flair wasn't going to hire him. However, Booker T did find a way to talk to Vince over the weekend, as he appeared at Vengeance '01 during Austin's match against Chris Jericho, knocking out Austin with the WWF Title so that Jericho could become the first Undisputed Champion.
Booker T was in Vince's Personal Box to watch Raw the next day, apparently having done what Vince wanted to get in his new graces. Booker T also was a critical factor in Austin's Steel Cage Rematch with Jericho, slamming the cage on Austin's head and watching as Jericho again retained. Booker hung out with Vince in the skybox again on Smackdown, even eating Austin's food when it was 'mistakenly' brought to their box. However, after a small fire broke out in the grill, firemen showed up to check to make sure the fire was out. One of the firemen was actually Austin, who brawled with Booker T. Booker ran, heading into a limo and driving away, with Austin chasing him. Booker T tried to hide in a grocery store, but Austin found him, leading to a fight throughout the store, with Austin wheeling Booker T around in a cart and throwing him through the check-out.
The chase started again on the next Raw, with Booker T taking a lead pipe to Austin's truck, causing Austin to chase him once again in their respective cars. Booker T went to a church to hide out, playing bingo with some old ladies, but Austin again tracked him down, with Booker T trying to hide throughout the church, even staying in a confessional and listening to people baring their souls (including a woman who had an affair on videotape). Booker T eventually got away, thanks to a group of nuns that he went with. Booker T was finally given a WWF Contract by Ric Flair on the next Raw. While Booker T was excited about having the contract, it was also a set-up by Flair, giving him some control over Booker. That night, Booker T had to face Steve Austin in a "First Blood" Match! The brawl was very violent, with Austin seeming to have the upper hand. But the reappearance of the Big Boss Man helped Booker T cut Austin open, and even though Austin got Booker T with the Stunner, the referee saw the blood and gave the win to Booker.
On the Christmas edition of Raw, Booker T faced Maven, who had insulted him by bringing up the Shopping Cart Incident. Booker T, with the Big Boss Man helping, easily beat the Tough Enough Rookie. On the final Smackdown of the year, Vince McMahon placed Booker T and the Big Boss Man against Austin in a "Handicap" Match. Despite the odds, Booker T & the Boss Man had a tough time against Austin, who kept fighting back. Near the end, Austin got the Stone Cold Stunner on the Boss Man, who managed to tag Booker T. However, Austin stopped Booker and got another Stunner, only to have the Boss Man make the save. Austin threw the Boss Man out of the ring, but this allowed Booker T to get a Harlem Sidekick for the victory.
Booker T & the Big Boss Man continued to team together against Austin going into the new year, attacking him on Smackdown during a confrontation with Vince and bloodying him with a microphone. Later that night, Booker T faced off against the Rock in a "#1 Contenders" Match. Despite the Boss Man's interference, the Rock won out with a Rock Bottom. After the match, Booker T & the Boss Man beat down the Rock, then took out Austin again when he tried to make the save. The four wrestlers faced off in a Tag Match on the next Raw, with Austin & the Rock winning out. Meanwhile, the build-up was growing for the 2002 Royal Rumble, with Booker T quickly announcing himself as a contender in the match. He had to deal with the other wrestlers as well, though, including taking a Stinkface from Rikishi that caused Booker T to throw up at the announce table.
At the '02 Royal Rumble, Booker T got the best draw of the wrestlers in the Rumble, coming in as #30. Having been watching in the back, he knew where to strike, attacking a weakened Rob Van Dam and throwing him out. Booker T then decided to celebrate, doing the Spineroonie, but that left him open to Austin's Stone Cold Stunner, which sent Booker T over the ropes and out of the match. Triple H went on to win the Rumble. Booker T had a minor feud with Triple H over the next few weeks, even pinning him at one point thanks to interference from Christian (and Triple H's wife, Stephanie McMahon). Booker T also started to tag once again with Test, intent on once again becoming tag-team champions. This meant concentrating on the current champs, Spike Dudley & Tazz. Not suprisingly, due to the size of the champs, Booker T & Test were very overconfident going into No Way Out '02. However, even though they did dominate a good amount of the match, the duo fell apart when Test tried to cheat, using the ropes on the pin. When the ref caught him, he argued with Test, allowing Tazz to surprise Test with the Tazzmission and force Test to submit, keeping the belts from Booker T's team.
Booker T continued to partner up with Test going into the next month, as Booker started to look into other sources of income. His main interest was going into television, as he was cast for a Japanese shampoo commercial. Booker T was insensitive about the commercial, insulting Japanese hairstyles. Thus, when Edge won the contract instead, the only person surprised by the outcome was Booker. The two wrestlers began feuding, with Edge constantly badgering Booker T about his intelligence. At Wrestlemania X-8, Booker T defended himself, saying that he had aced the SATs and had written a thesis on the "Theory of Relatives". In the match, Booker T dominated at first, letting out some of his rage. Edge eventually fought back, making it an even contest. Near the end, Booker T opted to do the Spineroonie, but this left him open from an attack from Edge, who did his own "Edgeroonie", then caught Booker T with the Edgecution for the victory. Booker T had now lost his last 6 PPV matches.
Booker T continued to look for some revenge against Edge on the next Raw, joining with Kurt Angle to take on Edge & Kane in a tag match. Due to Booker T accidentally kicking Angle, though, Edge & Kane picked up the win. Booker T then got a rematch with Edge on Smackdown, where, thanks to Angle giving Edge the Angle Slam after the ref was taken out, Booker T got his revenge, pinning his foe. On the next Raw, Booker T & Christian defeated Edge & Diamond Dallas Page, with Booker T getting the Scissors Kick on DDP. During the night, the first WWF draft lottery was scheduled to take place, as Ric Flair would be controlling Raw, while Vince McMahon would be in charge of Smackdown. Flair chose Booker T as his 5th pick in the draft, making sure that Booker T would stay on Raw. Booker T's last match on the following Smackdown was against DDP, but the match was interrupted by Brock Lesnar, who destroyed Page, much to the delight of Booker T.
On the first post-split Raw, Booker T got a shot at Rob Van Dam's Intercontinental Title, but was unable to capitalize, losing via RVD's Frog Splash. Booker T next challenged for Bubba Ray Dudley's Hardcore Title, but the match was interrupted by Goldust, who wanted the belt for himself. Bubba Ray was able to Bubba Bomb Goldust and got the pin, staying the champion. Booker T was furious at Goldust costing him the belt, but Goldust seemed to want to be Booker T's ally, teaming with him in a match on the next Raw against the Hardy Boyz. When Matt Hardy was distracted by Paul Heyman & Brock Lesnar, Booker T & Goldust double-teamed Jeff Hardy for the win. Booker T & Goldust soon started forming a strange tag-team, with Booker T not really into having Goldust as his partner, especially when Goldust accidentally cost Booker T a match against Van Dam. Booker T responded by getting the Harlem Sidekick on his 'partner' later on, allowing Spike Dudley to get the win over Goldust.
Booker T got another title shot at Insurrextion '02, taking on Steven Richards. This time, Booker T followed through, getting the Bookend on Richards for the victory, winning the Hardcore Title. It was a very short reign, as Crash Holly attacked Booker T immediately following the match and pinned him, getting the belt for himself. However, Booker T didn't let Crash get away, taking him down and regaining the gold. Booker T then had to fight off Tommy Dreamer and Justin Credible. As he was doing so, Jazz came to the ring and nailed him, allowing Richards to pin Booker T and escape with the belt. In one night, Booker T won and lost the Hardcore Title... twice.
On the next Raw, it was announced that WWE would be "getting the 'F' out", due to legal problems with the World Wildlife Fund. During the show, Booker T was shown at the 7-11, looking for a "Booker T slurpee", which he assumed the store was out of due to his fans. Goldust found Booker T at the store, convincing him that he could help him. However, later that night, Goldust again messed up, instead helping Rob Van Dam & Jeff Hardy win over Booker T & Eddie Guerrero. The issues between Booker T and Goldust seemed to be building, but a surprising event took the storyline in another direction, as Booker T was announced as the newest new World order member (replacing the fired Scott Hall) by Ric Flair on the next Raw, facing Steve Austin in a "Lumberjack" Match. Despite all of the lumberjacks being against Austin, though, the Rattlesnake was still able to win the match. But Booker T and his allies soon got revenge, as Austin was left a bloody mess.
Booker T's time in the nWo didn't go as well as planned. While Booker T worked to be a member of the group, he had to deal with Goldust as well, who followed Booker T around, trying to convince him that they should still be partners. Goldust even wanted to be brought into the nWo. The group seemed to be slowly falling apart, with everyone wanting to be the leader. Booker T & Goldust soon seemed to be ready to go against X-Pac & the Big Show, when Kevin Nash, returning from injuries, interrupted and announced that he was still the leader of the nWo, bringing X-Pac, the Big Show, & Booker T back together (while Goldust still wasn't in the group).
Even with the unity given by Nash, though, Booker T still seemed like more of an outcast from the rest of the nWo, especially with Goldust still pursuing him. Goldust seemed intent on getting into the nWo, with Booker T suggesting that, if Goldust could beat X-Pac in a King of the Ring Qualifying Match, he should get X-Pac's spot. The issue never had to be dealt with, as X-Pac won the match. Later that night, Booker T won his own King of the Ring Qualifying Match over William Regal. On the next Raw, it was announced that "HBK" Shawn Michaels had joined the nWo, brought in by his long-time friend, Nash. Goldust, wearing an afro, warned Booker T that Michaels didn't like "their kind". This actually proved true, in a way, as Michaels attacked Booker T with the microphone during his first nWo interview, knocking him out. Michaels said that Booker T, with his Spineroonie, had tried to steal the spotlight from the nWo, which could not be allowed. After only a short time, Booker T was out of the nWo.
Booker T got some revenge on the nWo on the next Raw, as he ran in and gave X-Pac a Book-end during X-Pac's KOTR Match with Rob Van Dam, helping RVD get the win. However, later on, the nWo helped distract Booker T so that he also lost his Qualifying Match to Brock Lesnar, then beat down Booker T & Goldust after the match. Booker T & Goldust didn't have much to do with the '02 King of the Ring, other than a short comedy skit with the returning Rock, where Goldust imitated the People's Champion. On the following Raw, Vince McMahon came out, with the rest of the wrestlers aroung the ring, to give his "Ruthless Aggression" speech. During this, Booker T demanded a match with any nWo member, which led Vince to set up a tag-team match: Booker T & Goldust vs. X-Pac & the Big Show, with Kevin Nash & Shawn Michaels banned from ringside. During the night, Goldust, acting like a Croc Hunter, entered the nWo locker room and made fun of the Big Show. When X-Pac gave chase, Booker T surprised him with a trash can lid shot. The match, however, didn't go quite as planned, as Goldust was chokeslammed by the Big Show and pinned, losing the match.
a week later, on the first Raw of July '02, Goldust, dressed as Darth Vader, was taken out in the back by the Big Show after telling him "I am your father". Booker T, though, later took out X-Pac to even things out, then won, via Countout, over the Big Show. On the next Raw, Booker T called the nWo out, but was instead met by Eddie Guerrero, who wanted a match. Booker T got the victory, rolling up Guerrero, but paid afterwards when he & Goldust were beaten down by Guerrero & Chris Benoit, with Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley making the save. Booker T & Goldust returned the favor later that night, saving Bubba Ray when he was trapped in Benoit's Crippler Crossface. This led to a 10-Man Tag-Team Match being set up at the end of the night, pitting Booker T, Goldust, Rob Van Dam, Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley against Benoit, Guerrero, Nash, X-Pac, & the Big Show. Interference from Shawn Michaels, as well as some Sweet Chin Music, left Booker T open to the Big Show's Chokeslam, sending his team down with the loss.
On the next Raw, it was revealed by Vince McMahon that the nWo had been disbanded. Booker T was happy about the collapse, but still wanted to face the Big Show to get some revenge from what had happened to him. Booker T also got a shock, though, as his boss from WCW, Eric Bischoff, showed up during his interview, getting Booker T to say "Tell me I didn't just see that". Bischoff was named the new Raw General Manager by Vince McMahon, much to Booker's chagrin. But Booker had other concerns, as he faced a fighting mad Big Show, who used a steel chair on Booker to cause the DQ. The angry giant then Chokeslammed Booker T through the announcers' table, increasing the damage. This led to a "No Disqualification" Match being signed for Vengeance '02, with Booker T using weapons like a steel chair and a tv camera to equal himself with the Big Show. In the end, Booker T won by coming off the turnbuckle with a move similar to the Harlem Hangover, a somersault leg-drop, winning the match.
Going into the month of August '02, Booker T & Goldust mostly stuck to comedic bits, without much of a feud. At one point, Goldust brought in his midget friend, Mini-Dust, who joined the duo for a short while. Booker T & Goldust continued to do well as a team, so when Booker T faced Lance Storm, co-holder of the WWE Raw Tag Titles, Goldust convinved Eric Bischoff to have a title shot be on the line. Booker T got the victory, pinning Storm, to earn the shot, but the Un-Americans (Storm, Christian, & Test) attacked after the match, with the Undertaker making the save for Booker T & Goldust. Later on, in the main event, Booker T, Goldust, the Undertaker & the Rock took on Triple H & the Unamericans. Thanks to a big boot from Test, the Undertaker was pinned, costing Booker T's team the match.
The two groups continued to feud going up to Summerslam '02, where Booker T & Goldust, now unofficially known as Bookdust, faced off against the Raw Tag Champs, Lance Storm & Christian. Thanks to the interference of Test, who gave Booker T the Big Boot, Storm & Christian were able to retain the belts. Bookdust got some revenge the next day, with Booker T defeating Christian in singles competition. Later that night, the Unamericans tried to burn an American Flag, with Bookdust coming down to attempt the save. The numbers started to work against them, though, until Kane made his first appearance in months, sending the Unamericans out of the ring. Booker T did his Spinaroonie for the fans, which was then followed, surprisingly, by a "Kaneroonie".
Going into September '02, Booker T, Goldust, & Kane continued to feud with the Unamericans, who seemed intent on burning an American flag. Bradshaw joined in the battle against the Unamericans for a time, as did Bubba Ray Dudley (after the Unamericans put Spike Dudley in the hospital), while William Regal joined with the Unamericans. On the Raw before the next PPV, Booker T laid out the challenge, wanting to have an Eight-Man Tag Match. The Unamericans accepted, and at Unforgiven '02, Booker T, Goldust, Kane, & Bubba Ray Dudley took on Storm, Regal, Christian, & Test. It was a action-packed match to open the pay-per-view, with many finishing maneuvers connecting. The most important one was the last one, as Kane Chokeslammed Storm for the victory.
Also at the PPV, Eric Bischoff was taken out by Rikishi's Stinkface. Booker T & Goldust took full advantage of this by having an "At The Movies" spoof on the next Raw, showing the clips to various Raw wrestlers. Unfortunately, Rico Constantino saw what they were doing and snitched, telling Bischoff. Bischoff confronted Booker T in the ring, who openly admitted he thought what happened to the GM was funny. Bischoff didn't see it that way, as he had his tag-team, Three Minute Warning (Rosey & Jamal) take out Booker T, then also Goldust when he tried to make the save. Booker T won a match later on over Rico, but was then again attacked by Three Minute Warning, with Rico joining in. Although Goldust was able to turn the tide this time, he again was beaten as well.
A week later, Bischoff attempted to have Three Minute Warning take out Lita, due to her comments on wwe.com about Smackdown being better than Raw. After Jeff Hardy tried to make the save, Booker T & Goldust came out to get some revenge. But, after Bischoff made the fight between them official, Three Minute Warning was able to come out on top, splashing & pinning Booker T. Later on that night, during an interview, Chris Jericho called Booker T a loser, prompting a short confrontation between the two. On the next Raw, Bischoff's "Roulette Wheel" put Booker T into a Steel Cage Match with the Big Show. Although the odds seemed against Booker, he persevered and was able to take the Big Show down before escaping the cage, winning the match. However, right after the match, Jericho ran in and brutally beat down Booker T, bloodying him. Jericho later said in an interview that he would no longer be disrespected.
Booker T got some retribution by attacking Jericho a week later, before Jericho's Tag-Team Title Match with Christian against Kane & the Hurricane. After Booker T was removed by security, though, Jericho & Christian won the Tag Straps, elevating the feud. In the back, as Booker T and Jericho were being held back from another brawl, Bischoff came in and announced that Booker T & Goldust would get their shot for the belts against Jericho & Christian at the next PPV. Later in the night, Booker T had a "Street Fight" Match with the Big Show, with Jericho interfering to help the Big Show win. The two teams faced off at No Mercy '02, with the tag belts on the line. Although Booker T & Goldust fought hard, Jericho & Christian won out, with Jericho giving Goldust a facebuster onto one of the belts, then landing a Moonsault for the victory.
Booker T & Goldust teamed up with Trish Stratus in an "Intergender Six-Person" Match against Jericho, Christian, & Victoria on the next Raw, with Jericho actually putting Trish in the Walls of Jericho to make her tap out. Jericho didn't release the hold after the match until Booker T made the save. During the next weekend, as Smackdown held their Britain PPV, Rebellion '02, Booker T made a special appearance, replacing the Undertaker and defeating Matt Hardy. He also gave the fans a spinerooni after the match. Booker T got back to Raw business the next week, facing Chris Nowinski. But an angry Al Snow cost Booker T the match, as he attacked Nowinski, forcing the ref to DQ Booker. Booker knocked Snow out of the ring afterwards, then took out Nowinski as well, before adding another spinerooni.
Going into November '02, Booker T began to concentrate on the main-event picture again, as he was placed into the 6-Man Elimination Match for the Raw World Title at the Survivor Series. Booker openly challenged the current champion, Triple H, which led to a tag-team match pitting Booker T & Kane against Triple H & Chris Jericho. Thanks to interference from Shawn Michaels (who returned to agree to be in the 6-Man match), Booker T pinned Triple H. Due to this, Booker T had a Non-Title Match against Triple H a week later, with Ric Flair's involvement helping Triple H get the victory. After the match, all six men involved in the bout (including Rob Van Dam) got into a major brawl to end the night.
At the '02 Survivor Series, Booker T got his shot in the first-ever "Elimination Chamber" Match against the champ, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Chris Jericho, and Kane. Triple H and RVD started the match, going at it all over the cage. The second man to enter was Jericho, leading to a double-team on Van Dam. Booker T came out next, though, to even the odds. However, the teamwork didn't last long with so much on the line, as Booker T and Van Dam went at it as well. Booker T later got the Axe Kick on Triple H, which enabled RVD to come off a cell door with a huge Five-Star Frog Splash. However, Booker T quickly took advantage of a hurting Van Dam to nail him with a Missile Dropkick, eliminating RVD. Booker T seemed to be riding high, but this was all stopped as a fighting-made Kane entered next, eventually Chokeslamming Booker. Jericho quickly jumped in with a Lionsault to pin Booker T, taking away his chance to get the belt. Michaels went on to pin Triple H and win the gold.
A day later on Raw, Booker T was put in the #1 Contenders Match with Jericho and Van Dam. Late in the match, Booker T was caught in the Walls of Jericho, but interference by Scott Steiner (who was just making his first appearance on Raw) took out Jericho and allowed RVD to get the Five Star Frog Splash on him for the victory. Booker T continued to feud with Jericho, once again bringing in Goldust as his partner to fight against the tag-team champions, Jericho & Christian. On on Raw, Booker T had a singles victory over Jericho in his grasp, but Chief Sean Morley (Val Venis) ordered that the match become a Tag-Team Title Match instead, allowing Christian and Goldust, who were at the ring, to become involved. The match went back and forth, with Jericho & Christian again retaining the belts. When Booker T & Goldust lost to Lance Storm & William Regal on the following Raw, Goldust told the Coach that he was 'the weak link' on their team, and that Bischoff should replace him. Booker T, though, was able to convince Goldust to stay with him going into the PPV.
At Armageddon '02, a Four-Way Elimination Match was set up for the WWE Raw Tag-Team Titles. Booker T & Goldust faced off against Jericho & Christian(c), Storm & Regal, and the Dudley Boyz. The first team eliminated, surprisingly, were the Dudleyz, as Storm landed a Top-Rope Leg Drop on Bubba Ray Dudley, which enabled Regal to get the pin. As Regal was celebrating, though, Goldust smartly took advantage, pinning Regal to leave only them and the champs! Jericho tried, once again, to cheat to win, using one of the belts to knock out Booker T. But Booker kicked out of the pin attempt, then was able to come back and get the Bookend on Jericho for the victory, finally putting the Raw World Tag-Team Titles around the waists of Bookdust.
Booker T & Goldust celebrated on the next Raw, with Goldust dressed up as Santa Clause to give the tag belt to Booker T, thanking him for believing in him. When Christian interrupted, saying that he & Jericho were getting a rematch the next week, Goldust responded by giving Christian a present as well: a can of "Ass Cream". Later that night, Christian cheated to beat Goldust, then Booker T won, via DQ, over Jericho due to Christian's interference, with Goldust making the save. On the Christmas '02 edition of Raw, the tag rematch took place, with Bookdust again retaining the gold after Goldust pinned Jericho. This allowed the team to carry the Raw Tag-Team Titles into the new year.
Unfortunately, the good times didn't last for Booker T & Goldust. After Booker T was overheard making some comments about Bischoff, the General Manager made his assistant, Sean Morley, the special referee in Bookdust's title defense against William Regal & Lance Storm. This allowed Regal to use his brass knuckles on both men late in the match, with Morley making the count to give Regal & Storm the Tag-Team Titles. Booker T went at it with Storm on the next Raw, but the match ended in a DQ loss for Booker T, when Storm was taken out by the Dudley Boyz. The next day, on the Raw 10th Anniversary Show, Booker T presented the "Tell Me I Didn't Just See That" Award, giving it to Three Faces of Mick Foley. Booker T accepted the award for Foley. This was the only award Booker T accepted, as he was not nominated for any other awards.
Booker T and Goldust were both part of the '03 Royal Rumble, with the usual title shot at Wrestlemania on the line. For the 2nd Rumble in a row, Booker T got a good number, as he came out as #24. Booker T immediately had an impact on the Rumble, throwing out Eddie Guerrero. Things seemed to look better for Booker T shortly thereafter, as Goldust came out as #27. But Goldust was eliminated by Team Angle (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin), with Team Angle then going after and eliminating Booker T as well. Brock Lesnar went on to win the Rumble. On the next Raw, Bookdust defeated Three Minute Warning to show that they were still powerhouses. Booker T also got a victory over Jeff Hardy in singles competition a week later.
Going into February '03, Bookdust was given a WWE Raw Tag-Team Title shot against Regal & Storm. Before the match, Goldust, who once again was concerned that he was holding Booker T back, said that if they didn't win the belts, they would go their separate ways. Although the two men fought hard, Regal & Storm were able to use some miscommunication between Goldust & Booker T to win the match and stay the champions. After the match, Booker T called a dejected Goldust back to the ring and embraced him, saying that he would respect Goldust's decision. Later that night, though, Goldust was taken out by Randy Orton & Batista of Evolution, being electrocuted on a power box.
As Booker T started his singles career again on the next Raw, he dedicated his match to Goldust. Booker T showed his dedication, defeating D-Lo Brown despite Teddy Long being at ringside. Booker T went for some revenge on Evolution later in the night, attacking Batista after his match with Tommy Dreamer, but the rest of Evolution quickly came down to outnumber him, until Scott Steiner made the save. A week later, Booker T & Steiner defeated Triple H & Ric Flair, continuing the feud. Booker T didn't have a match at No Way Out '03, but he presumably watched from the back as Steiner fell to the Heavyweight Champion, Triple H. While this was a rough moment for Booker T's ally, it was a good moment for Booker, as he won a "20-Man Battle Royal" on the next Raw by throwing out the Rock to win a shot at Triple H's Title at Wrestlemania.
Booker T's title shot wasn't well-received by Triple H, who said that "people like you" shouldn't get shots. The racial angle continued into March '03, with Triple H, Ric Flair, and the rest of Evolution talking down to Booker T and bringing up his prison record from when he was younger. Flair even laid out an offer for Booker T to become Triple H's chauffer, which Booker T, of course, responded to by beating down Flair, then later Triple H in his bathroom. Booker T later got some back-up against Evolution, as Goldust, stuttering due to the electricity, made his return to stand up for his partner. On the Raw before the PPV, Bookdust re-teamed to take on Triple H & Ric Flair, with Booker T gaining all the momentum by pinning a bloody Triple H for the victory.
At Wrestlemania XIX, Booker T got his shot on the biggest stage in professional wrestling, going at Triple H for the WWE Raw World Heavyweight Title. Not surprisingly, Ric Flair interfered whenever possible on Triple H's behalf, trying to change the momentum of the match. It worked, as Booker T was caught by Triple H's Pedigree, losing his greatest chance yet at once again becoming a World Heavyweight Champion. Booker T showed his frustration on the next Raw, yelling at Ric Flair. Booker then had a match with Chris Jericho, but the match ended in DQ when both Flair & Triple H came to the ring to get in some more shots on their foe. Shawn Michaels tried to make the save, but the numbers were too much, as both faces were beaten down.
On the next Raw, Booker T & Michaels took on Triple H & Jericho, with Booker T picking up the win by pinning Triple H. Things quickly turned bleak, though, as Flair came in and attacked Booker T's hurting leg, while Jericho clocked Michaels with a Steel Chair shot. The Hurricane tried to make the save, but was beaten down as well. However, Kevin Nash then surprisingly reappeared in WWE, taking out Flair & Jericho while Triple H retreated. It was set up on the next Raw that Booker T & the Hurricane would team up against Triple H & Flair, with the stipulation being that if Booker's team won, he would get a title rematch against Triple H. Thanks to Michaels giving Flair some Sweet Chin Music, the Hurricane got the pin, earning Booker T a shot. After the match, though, the faces broke down, as Nash (who was still undecided whether to be siding with Triple H or Michaels) accidentally hit Booker T with a sledgehammer. A dazed Booker T then took down Michaels with a shot.
On the final Raw before the PPV, it was announced that Michaels would be the special guest referee between Booker T and Triple H. Before the match, Booker T talked to Michaels about the accidental hit, as well as mentioning that Michaels had superkicked Booker T back in the nWo. The two seemed to patch things up, although there was still concern on Booker T's part. In the match, Jericho and Flair both tried to interfere, with Jericho hitting Booker T in the head with the title at one point. But when Michaels saw the belt in the ring, he refused to count, instead giving Triple H some Sweet Chin Music! But when Booker T rolled over to make the count, both Jericho & Flair entered the ring, ending the match via DQ by attacking both Booker & HBK. Kevin Nash then came to the ring and helped up both Michaels and Triple H. But Nash got his decision made for him when Triple H hit a low blow on him, breaking up the potential reformation of the Kliq.
At Backlash '03, a Six-Man Tag Match was made, pitting Booker T, Shawn Michaels, & Kevin Nash against Triple H, Ric Flair, & Chris Jericho. It was a wild affair, with emotions running high from all of the competitors. In the end, though, Triple H found a way to cheat to win, hitting Nash with the sledgehammer while the ref's back was turned to get the victory. On the next Raw, Booker T welcomed Bill Goldberg to the WWE. This put Booker T on the wrong side of some of the WWE heels, as he was attacked during his match with Christian by Three Minute Warning. Goldberg made the save, taking out Rosey with a huge spear. Booker T got in another big match on the next Raw, easily defeating Lance Storm.
It was announced by the new co-General Manager, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, that the Intercontinental Title was going to be revived at the next PPV, and that several of the best stars would fight over it in a Battle Royal. This included Booker T, who loved to have the chance to go for the prestigious title. At Judgment Day '03, the Battle Royal took place, involving Booker T, Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Val Venis, Lance Storm, Christian, Test, Kane, and Booker T's old partner, Goldust. The major threat, Kane, was ganged up on by everyone and thrown out, leaving the field wide open. At one point, Goldust surprisingly tried to eliminate Booker, only to have Booker T reverse it and throw Goldust out instead! Booker T and Goldust shook hands afterwards, proving that they were just competing for the belt. Booker T also tossed out Test and later Christian to apparently win the IC Title. However, since the referee was down, Christian reentered the ring, nailed Booker T with the belt, and threw him out instead, keeping Booker T from getting the strap around his waist.
Booker T continued to feud with Christian over the Intercontinental Title for the next month, looking for his chance to get the gold himself. Goldust also became involved, even winning a Non-Title Match over Christian. Booker T & Goldust also won a Tag Match over Christian & Chris Jericho, although Jericho made them pay after the match by hitting them with the title. Booker T then got his title shot against Christian at the British PPV, Insurrextion '03, but Christian used heel tactics to retain the belt. The feud continued on, though, on the next Raw, as Booker T won a "Spineroonie" Contest over Christian (despite Christian's 'Peeporoonie'). The two met again for Christian's IC Title at Bad Blood '03. At one point during the match, Booker T seemed to have all the momentum, leaving Christian to try and get counted out, only to be told by the referee that he would forfeit the belt. Christian then came back, only to use the IC Title on Booker T to cause the DQ, making sure that Booker T didn't win away his gold.
On the following Raw, Booker T got a small measure of revenge, as he & Goldberg defeated Christian & Jericho in a tag match, with Booker T getting the pin on Christian. The two feuded on for a few weeks, as Booker T got another IC Title shot against Christian on Raw. Booker T was able to get a switch-over pin on Christian, with both of their shoulders on the mat. Although the referee ruled that Booker T had won, Eric Bischoff, who was the only GM there that night, announced that the finish was actually a draw, keeping the belt away from Booker once again.
Things took a massive turn for the better, though, a week later, when Steve Austin was the only GM there (Bischoff had been injured the week before by Kane). Austin set up a rematch, with the stipulations that the belt would change hands on a DQ or a Countout. Christian was understandably reluctant to wrestle, but Austin threw him into the ring, starting the match with Booker T. During the match, Booker T got the Scissors Kick for a pin, but the referee waved it off due to Christian's foot being on the ropes. It looked like Booker T was going to miss out again, but he fought on, later getting another Scissors Kick, this time in the middle of the ring, for the victory, finally becoming the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion.
Booker T faced Christian in a rematch on the next Raw, and the match once again was controversial, as Christian pinned Booker T, but had the match restarted by Austin. Booker T then came back quickly to pin Christian, retaining the title, much to Christian's dismay. The two wrestlers continued to fight over the Intercontinental Title for the next few weeks, also involving Christian's ally, Test. But it all came to an abrupt end due to injuries to his back sustained before the WWE's tour of Australia. Booker T surprisingly dropped the IC Title to Christian at a house show in August '03, before going on the shelf for the next few months.
Booker T made his return to the wrestling ring in the middle of October '03, helping Shane McMahon & the Dudley Boyz win a "Tables" Match over Christian, Jericho, & La Resistance (Conway & Dupree). On the next week's Raw, Booker T won, via Countout, over Randy Orton, before proclaiming that he was joining Steve Austin's Survivor Series team. The story was that, if Austin's team won, Austin would be allowed to take out wrestlers again. But if Bischoff's team won, Austin would be through as the GM. At the '03 Survivor Series, Booker T teamed with Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, & the Dudley Boyz to face Bischoff's team of Christian, Jericho, Orton, Scott Steiner, & Mark Henry. Booker T was able to strike first, eliminating his old WCW nemesis, Steiner. But Booker T was then surprised and taken out by Henry, getting eliminated. Later on, despite a tremendous effort from Michaels, Orton was the sole 'survivor', eliminating Austin as the GM.
On the following Raw, Booker T got some satisfaction by beating Mark Henry in a singles match, using the ropes as leverage to pin the big man. A week later, they fought again, this time in a "Salt Lake City Street Fight" (thanks to the Raw Roulette wheel). Although Booker T tried to surprise Henry early on, the big man was too strong on this night, pinning Booker. The feud wasn't over, though, as Henry attacked Booker T after Booker's victory over Test on the next Raw. The two continued to feud going into Armageddon '03, where the two had a singles match to finish things. Booker T had a disadvantage in having Teddy Long at ringside helping Henry, which almost cost Booker T the match at one point to Henry's Bear Hug. Booker T eventually fought back, though, and used the Axe Kick to get the win over his much-stronger opponent.
Booker T seemed to be continuing his feud with Henry as the year ran down, teaming with Maven to beat Henry & Matt Hardy in a Tag-Team Match. On the final Raw, Booker T had a different direction, coming out and challenging Randy Orton for the Intercontinental Title. However, Henry wasn't quite done, either, as he attacked Booker T from behind and threw him into the set. After the beatdown, Orton accepted Booker T's challenge, already having him at a disadvantage. Booker T still fought hard against Orton, but he was distracted by a pyro display announcing the coming of Kane, which allowing Orton to get the pin and stay the champion. As Kane walked down to the ring, Orton ran for it, but Booker T struggled to recover. He didn't get out in time, as Kane brutally attacked him, beating Booker T down and leaving him laying at the end of the year.
On the first Raw of the new year, Kane explained his attack on Booker T by saying that Booker had 'stolen' his Wrestlemania shot last year in the 20-Man Battle Royal. Kane was dead-set on winning the Royal Rumble and earning the shot this year. Booker T soon interrupted, though, attacking Kane and knocking him from the ring, then saying that HE would be winning the Rumble. The two wrestlers fought on the next Raw, with Kane getting DQ'ed when he brutally beat Booker T against the steel steps, then used a steel chair on him. Kane didn't care about the DQ, as he Tombstone Piledrove Booker T, making his point. On the final Raw before the PPV, a tournament of sorts for the #30 entry spot in the Rumble took place. Booker T, with Rob Van Dam, got into the final Battle Royal by beating Matt Hardy & Christian. But Booker T couldn't win out in the final match, as Goldberg became the 30th entrant.
At the '04 Royal Rumble, Booker T got a rough draw, entering as #11. Booker T had a nice run, though, for a while, getting to eliminate his old WCW adversary, Scott Steiner. When Kane came down after Booker at #12, Booker T went straight after him, but ended up getting Chokeslammed by the monster, who went through and took out everyone in the ring. However, when Kane was distracted by the gong of his brother, the Undertaker, Booker T threw him out, eliminating him from the match. The gong turned out to be a 'hoax', as Spike Dudley came out instead. Booker T hung in there for a few more minutes, but was finally eliminated by Randy Orton. Chris Benoit went on to win the Rumble.
Over the next few weeks following the PPV, Booker T had a minor feud with Matt Hardy, beating him both on Sunday Night Heat and on Raw to continue Hardy's losing streak. Booker T then was given another shot at the IC Title, taking on Randy Orton(c) and Rob Van Dam in a "Triple Threat" Match. Unfortunately for Booker, he tasted RVD's Five Star Frog Splash, then was pinned by an opportunistic Orton. After the match, Evolution beat down both Booker T & RVD. This set up Booker & RVD taking on Ric Flair & Batista for the Raw World Tag-Team Titles on the next Raw. During the match, Randy Orton interfered by attacking Booker T's leg, but Orton was run off by Mick Foley, keeping things even. Later on, with Flair putting Booker T in the Figure Four, RVD came off the top rope with the Five Star Frog Splash, taking out Flair and allowing Booker T to get the pin, winning Booker T's third WWE Raw Tag-Team Titles with his third different partner.
Booker T & Rob Van Dam defended the belts regularly over the next few weeks, beating teams like La Resistance and Matt Hardy & Test. It was later announced that, at Wrestlemania XX, Booker T & Rob Van Dam would be defending the Raw Tag Titles against three other teams in a "Fatal Fourway" Match. Booker T & RVD had to contend with La Resistance, the Dudley Boyz, and Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak. Booker T was in trouble for a good portion of the match, facing off against almost every wrestler involved before tagging in his partner, RVD. The match broke down into chaos at the end, which worked to the champs' advantage, as Booker T caught a surprised Rob Conway with the Axe Kick, which was quickly followed by a Five Star Frog Splash for the victory.
Booker T & RVD gave a rematch to the Dudley Boyz on the following Raw, with the champs again retaining. But the big news of the night was the announcement by Vince McMahon that a Draft Lottery was going to take place a week later, with all superstars at risk of being drafted to the opposing brand. While the draft was going on, Booker T & RVD once again defended the belts, this time against Ric Flair & Batista. But due to some miscommunication between the duo, Booker T accidentally was kicked by Van Dam, allowing Batista to Batista Bomb Booker T for the victory, taking away the belts. Right after this happened, Smackdown GM Paul Heyman pulled Van Dam's name, selecting him for Smackdown! Even as Van Dam apologized to Booker T and said that they would get their rematch, the Coach told them that their team was broken up. This wasn't the only shock for Booker T, though, as it was later announced that new Smackdown GM Kurt Angle (replacing Heyman, who quit after having his own name drawn by Bischoff) had TRADED for Booker T, along with the Dudley Boyz, in exchange for Triple H (who had been drafted to Smackdown). Booker T, for the first time, was switching shows.
On the next Smackdown, Booker T came out and confronted GM Kurt Angle, saying that he felt he had been traded to the "B" Team. He was completely unhappy being in a new location, and immediately had the fans turned against him, especially when he said he was better than the Smackdown Champion, Eddie Guerrero. Booker & Guerrero had a confrontation in the back after this statement, which led Angle to book a Smackdown Title match between the two men that night. Booker T got in some good moves on Eddie, but was in trouble near the end, as Guerrero was going for his Frog Splash. However, John Bradshaw Layfield then interfered, giving Guerrero the Clothesline From Hell to cause the DQ loss for Booker T, an inauspicious beginning to his Smackdown career.
On the next Smackdown, Booker T won a "Great American Nomination" Match over Hardcore Holly by grabbing his tights, earning a spot in the consideration for the #1 Contender to Guerrero's title. Unfortunately for Booker T, JBL's video of him catching immigrants coming across illegally from Mexico earned Angle's vote for the #1 Contendership. On the same show, Booker T talked with Rob Van Dam, who said that he still had Booker T's back. The two had a tag-team match against Charlie Haas & the Big Show, but Booker T walked away during the match, leaving RVD to be Chokeslammed by the Big Show and pinned by Haas. Van Dam immediately challenged Booker T, and the two former partners fought on the next Smackdown. But Booker T was unbelievably vicious, bloodying RVD and eventually causing the referee to stop the match due to Van Dam not being able to continue. As his former friend laid outside the ring, bleeding, Booker T did a Spineroonie.
Booker T and RVD faced off in a rematch the next week, with Van Dam about ready to hit the Five Star Frog Splash when he was distracted by pyro on the stage (later revealed to have been caused by Paul Heyman), allowing Booker T to roll him up for another victory. Later that night, Booker T bragged about being the biggest star on Smackdown, but he was interrupted by the Undertaker's gong, sending Booker T hustling out of the ring. The next week, though, Booker T claimed that he wasn't afraid of the Undertaker, even challenging him to a match at the PPV. Later on, after Booker T had defeated Billy Gunn in a singles match, the Undertaker, along with Paul Bearer, came out and answered the challenge. Booker T tried to take the offensive, hitting the Undertaker in the head with his own urn. But when the Undertaker sat up, Booker T ran, heading through the crowd to get away.
Booker T continued his feud with the Undertaker over the next few weeks, with Booker T looking for anything to help him in his battle against the Dead Man, even visiting a psychic and, following her advice, getting some sand from an unmarked grave. At Judgment Day '04, Booker T came in semi-confident, trusting in the dirt that he had gotten. Unfortunately, it didn't work, as the Undertaker was able to kick out from the Axe Kick and catch Booker T with a Chokeslam, followed by the Tombstone Piledriver for the victory. On the next Smackdown, Funaki interviewed Booker T, who claimed that Paul Bearer must have switched his sand at some point. Booker T also said that he had immediately challenged the Undertaker for a rematch, but the Undertaker wasn't at the arena, so Booker T instead faced Funaki and easily beat him.
On the next Smackdown, Booker T, after beating Scotty Too Hotty, said that he would be facing the Undertaker in a rematch the next week. Right afterwards, though, the Undertaker's Gong sounded, and lightning struck all four ringposts! Booker T said that lightning alone wasn't going to stop him, and that he would shock the world. Later that night, John Cena was defending his US Title against Rene Dupree in a "Lumberjack" Match. Booker T was one of the men on the floor, and he seemed to be trying, whenever possible, to injure Cena. However, even Booker T couldn't prevent Cena from staying the US Champion. In a final major segment from that night, Paul Bearer was abducted by Paul Heyman and the Dudley Boyz, taking away the Undertaker's long-time manager.
A week later, Booker T started off Smackdown by saying that he had nothing to do with Paul Bearer's abduction. He was interrupted by Cena, who wanted to know if Booker T had a problem with him. The two came nose-to-nose, with GM Kurt Angle & his bodyguard, Luther Reigns, coming out to stop it. Angle didn't want his main event ruined by Cena. But when Cena turned his back, Booker T attacked him, leading to a brawl that eventually caused both men to fall over Angle (who was currently in a wheelchair after an assault from the Big Show). The brawl continued, with Booker T swinging a chair, but hitting Angle's injured leg by mistake! In the main event, Booker T took on the Undertaker, who seemed to be in a very bad mood. The match ended unexpectedly, though, in a No-Contest, when Paul Heyman interrupted the match and told the Undertaker that, if he wanted to keep Paul Bearer safe, he had to listen to Heyman. Booker T, meanwhile, left the ring.
Booker T came out on the next Smackdown to talk with Kurt Angle, who was waiting in the ring for an apology from both Booker T & Cena. Booker T apologized 5 times, earning Angle's respect. Cena, however, refused to apologize, leading Angle to continue to side with Booker T. That night, a "3-Minute Challenge" Series was set up to decide the #1 Contender for Cena's US Title. Booker T started it off against Cena, but was unable to beat him in the required 5 minutes. This gave Rob Van Dam and Rene Dupree their chances, but neither could win over Cena either, even after Dupree asked and received more time (he was pinned by an FU). Because of this, Angle decided that all three men would be in the match against Cena! Afterwards, Booker T attacked Cena, with Van Dam making the save, only to later take out Cena himself.
Booker T & Dupree were forced to tag together the next week against Cena & Van Dam, with neither team wanting to work together. Just when it was breaking down, though, the Undertaker surprisingly appeared, under the command of Paul Heyman, and destroyed Cena & Van Dam, while Booker T & Dupree made a run for it. The four men faced off for the US title in an "Elimination" Match at the '04 Great American Bash, with the winner having to survive three other men. The first to fall was Van Dam, as he opted to go high risk, hitting Booker T & Dupree with a huge Five Star Frog Splash. However, the splash so hurt RVD that Cena was able to pin him afterwards. This left Cena against the two heels, but Booker T & Dupree couldn't get along well enough to capitalize. When Cena caught Dupree with the FU, Booker T quickly dived in and made the pin, making it a 1-on-1 match. As hard as Booker T fought, though, Cena still got him with the FU, retaining the United States Title.
At the beginning of July '04, a #1 Contenders Match was set up on Smackdown between the three wrestlers who had faced Cena, with Van Dam again landing his Frog Splash on Dupree. But when RVD went for the pin, Booker T roughly pulled him out of the ring, then made the pin himself, winning the #1 Contender's Spot to continue feuding with Cena. The match was scheduled to take place on the next Smackdown, but when Cena came out, he was attacked, first by Kenzo Suzuki, then by Luther Reigns. The match was 'postponed' until later in the night, with Booker T supposedly upset because the attacks could be used as an excuse by Cena when Booker T won the belt. As the match took place, Reigns wheeled down Angle to ringside to watch the match (and allow the GM to interfere, swinging his crutch at Cena at one point). Late in the match, Cena fell to the outside, knocking over Angle. Cena came back in, dodged an Axe Kick. and got the FU, but Reigns again attacked Cena, causing the DQ. While this seemed to be a bad thing for Booker T, it turned out to be a good night, as Angle, angry at once again being 'struck' by Cena, stripped Cena of the title!
When Cena attacked Angle, and later Reigns, on the next Smackdown, his punishment was being put in a 3-on-1 Handicap Elimination Match against Booker T, Kenzo Suzuki, & Rene Dupree. However, after Suzuki was DQ'ed and Dupree was rolled up by Cena, it was back to the two rivals going at it. Thanks to interference from a hurting Reigns, Booker T was able to get the win over the former champ. Booker T by now was carrying around the vacated US Title, believing that it was only a matter of time before the belt was declared legally his. He tried to return the favor to Reigns the next week, but missed, hitting Reigns with the title instead, which helped Cena beat the bodyguard of Angle.
On the last Smackdown of July '04, Booker T joined 7 other wrestlers in a brawl over who would get the vacated United States Title. The brawl was stopped by Vince McMahon and the new GM (Angle had been fired due to lying about his injuries), Theodore R. Long. Long set up an 8-man Elimination Match for the title that night. Charlie Haas was the first eliminated, as he was caught by Billy Gunn's Fameasser. Rene Dupree was next, being pinned after being taken out by Luther Reigns. Kenzo Suzuki was disqualifed for hitting Cena with the title belt. Cena came back from the hit to eliminate Gunn with the FU, then got another FU and pin on Reigns, making the final three Cena, Rob Van Dam, & Booker T. Cena and Van Dam went at it for a time, with RVD taking control of the tired former champ. But as Van Dam went for the Five Star Frog Splash, Booker T made the quiet tag, and rushed in after the Frog Splash landed, getting the pin on Cena. Booker T then jumped up and hit RVD with the Axe Kick, eliminating him as well to win the vacated US Title.
An estatic Booker T watched as Cena won a "#1 Contender" Match over Van Dam the next week, allowing the two to continue their feud. Booker T then joined with Reigns & Dupree the next week in a "Summer Relay" Match against Cena, RVD, & Charlie Haas. While Booker T's team fought hard, the unity wasn't quite there, as Cena was able to roll up Booker T for the victory. It was then set up by Theodore R. Long that Booker T and Cena would have a "Best Of 5" Series, with the winner getting the US Title. This was reminiscent of Booker T's war with Chris Benoit in WCW. The first match was held at Summerslam '04, with the champion, Booker T, coming out strong early on. Just as Cena seemed to be in trouble, though, he surprised Booker T with an FU, getting the pinfall and winning the first match of the series.
An annoyed Booker T did commentary during Cena's match with D'Von Dudley the next Smackdown, knowing that he was one down already in the series. But Booker T persevered, and had a run of good luck. On the next Smackdown, Booker T defeated Cena in the second match, with Booker T winning after using the ropes during a roll-up pin. Booker T won Match 3 as well, which was held during the Australian Smackdown tour, by holding onto Cena's tights during a pin. This put Booker T ahead 2-1, only needing one more win to claim the series. The battles continued in tag-team form for the next few weeks, leading to Match #4 in September '04. Booker T almost got the win by hitting Cena with the US Title, but Cena kicked out, then came back with the FU to tie up the series 2-2.
At No Mercy '04, the fifth and deciding match of the series took place. Both men were deadly serious, fighting in and out of the ring to begin things. Booker T took control for a while, but miscued a kick, racking himself. The flow went back-and-forth from there, with Cena going for the FU, but being reversed into the Book End for a 2 count. A frustrated Booker T then went for a chair, but the referee stopped him from using it. He then tried an Axe Kick, but Cena dodged, then got the FU, winning the match and taking away Booker T's United States Heavyweight Title. Booker T didn't wrestle for the next few weeks, as if readjusting to the loss. He did have a confrontation, however, with the Chief of Staff of JBL, Orlando Jordan, calling him an errand-boy.
On a late October '04 Smackdown, Booker T was surprisingly put in a 6-Man Match with Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam against JBL, Rene Dupree, & Kenzo Suzuki. Booker T protested to Teddy Long, saying that he didn't want to tag with Mysterio or Van Dam, but he wasn't given a choice. JBL also approached Booker T during the night, with the two seemingly getting along. In the 6-Man Tag, Mysterio & RVD worked on their own, with Booker T apparently just out there. Neither man trusted him. But finally, with no other alternative, Mysterio tagged in Booker T, who then acted like he was actually just going to help JBL continue the assault. It was all a swerve, though, as Booker T turned and attacked JBL, then the rest of his crew, before pinning JBL for the victory! After the match, with the crowd suddenly back on his side, Booker T gave Orlando Jordan the Bookend before departing.
A week later, after a confrontation in the back, Booker T pinned Jordan to earn a WWE Title Shot against JBL at the next PPV. A rematch between Booker T and Jordan took place the next week, but it was a set-up, as JBL attacked during the match to cause the DQ. A furious Booker T demanded to have both men in a "Handicap" Match, but Teddy Long turned him down, saying he had to have a partner. Josh Mathews, the interviewer/Tough Enough wrestler who had been slapped around by JBL & Jordan early on, volunteered for the position, which was fine with Booker T, who just wanted a piece of JBL's hide. The match wasn't impressive, although Mathews did do some high-flying maneuvers. The main force on the team, though, was Booker T, who pinned Jordan for the victory. Booker T helped Mathews win over Jordan a week later, giving Jordan an Axe Kick and putting the interviewer on top.
At the '04 Survivor Series, Booker T got his first shot at the big gold since '03, taking on JBL for the WWE Smackdown World Title. It was a very competitive match, with JBL obviously concerned for his title. Jordan, at ringside, interfered frequently for his boss, leading to Mathews coming out to try and help, only to be taken out by JBL. In the end, Booker T was too distracted by Jordan, taking out the Chief of Staff with a Bookend, but then getting clocked by JBL's World Title and pinned, losing his opportunity. Booker T wasn't through, though, coming out to challenge for a rematch on the next Smackdown. However, both Eddie Guerrero and the Undertaker were also interested in another chance at JBL, leading Teddy Long to declare that, at the next PPV, a "Fatal Fourway" Match for the belt would take place, much to JBL's unhappiness.
Over the next few weeks, Booker T, Guerrero, & the Undertaker seemed almost unified against JBL, Jordan, and their newest allies, the Basham Brothers. But the scent of gold was also in the air, causing friction between the three faces leading into Armageddon '04. The match was, as expected, a brutal one, with the three faces teaming up against JBL to begin things. But, with the WWE Smackdown World Title on the line, the friendships soon broke down, making it truly everyone for himself. The Undertaker appeared to be too strong as the match went on, but he was surprisingly taken out by a returning Heidenreich, keeping him out of the fight. Booker T and Guerrero went at it, but this allowed Booker T to be caught by the Clothesline From Hell, with Layfield once again getting out with the gold around his waist.
Despite the loss, Booker T & Eddie Guerrero continued to work together after Armageddon, defeating Rene Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki in a tag-team match. Booker T then joined many of the Smackdown superstars to travel to Iraq for Christmas (which was actually taped earlier), where he faced off against Dupree in a singles match. Dupree was roundly hated by the American forces in Iraq, as he proudly waved the French flag. Booker T, though, gave the troops what they wanted, as he defeated Dupree with the Axe Kick. On the final Smackdown of the year, it was announced by Teddy Long that it would be a "Night of Champions", meaning that all belts had to be on the line. Booker T & Guerrero campaigned to Rey Mysterio & Rob Van Dam that they deserved a shot at the team's tag-team titles. Other teams were interested as well, but Mysterio & RVD chose Booker T & Guerrero as their challengers in the main event. Though Booker T & Guerrero fought hard, they couldn't overcome the champs, with Guerrero getting pinned by Mysterio. This meant that they were missing out on a chance to hold some more gold at the end of the year.
Booker T & Guerrero kept working to try and get the belts from Mysterio & Van Dam, but Guerrero seemed to have a mental block with Mysterio, continually getting pinned by him, much to Booker T's dismay. The team seemed to be falling apart, as Booker T was losing his trust in Guerrero. After the Basham Brothers won the Tag Titles, Booker T & Guerrero were the first to challenge them. But when Guerrero was caught with one of the tag titles (he had taken it from a Basham), their team was DQ'ed, causing another argument between Booker T & Guerrero. Guerrero then left the ring, even as Booker T was attacked by the Bashams & Orlando Jordan. Although hesitant at first, Guerrero finally came back to the ring to make the save, as the two teamed back up to dispose of the Cabinet. The two, along with Mysterio, won a Six-Man Tag over Jordan, Luther Reigns, & Mark Jindrak on the last Smackdown before the PPV, showing some unity.
At the '05 Royal Rumble, Booker T entered his 4th Rumble in a row as #10. He helped the crowd eliminate Muhammad Hassan, then later got rid of Reigns and Jordan. But, surprisingly, Booker T was double-teamed by his 'friends', Guerrero & Mysterio, who tossed him out. There is no friendship in Royal Rumbles. Batista went on to win the event. On the next Smackdown, it was announced that a Smackdown #1 Contenders Tournament would be set up to decide who would face JBL (and possibly Batista) at Wrestlemania. Booker T was paired up against Guerrero in the first round, with Booker T still upset at Guerrero tossing him at the Rumble. It was every man for himself, with both men looking to move on in the tournament. Guerrero, at one point, faked an injury, but Booker T caught his act on the Titon Tron and was ready for him, enabling him to pin Guerrero and move on.
In the semi-finals of the tournament, Booker T faced his old rival, John Cena. The two put on a spectacular back-and-forth match, going for over 20 minutes before Cena caught Booker T with the FU, winning out. Booker T, thus, would not get the title shot at the PPV. An upset Booker T confronted a poem-reading Heidenreich in the back, having a war of words with the crazed man. The two faced off at No Way Out '05, with Booker T looking for another clean victory. He earned half of that, as Heidenreich lost control during the match, grabbing a chair and ramming it into Booker T's throat, causing the DQ. Booker T, badly hurting, had to be helped to the back after the match. The two had a rematch on the next Smackdown, with a furious Booker T using Heidenreich's tactics against him, belting him with a steel chair and losing via DQ.
The two men finished their feud on the next Smackdown, as Teddy Long arranged for them to fight in a "No Disqualification" Match. Booker T was able to come out on top, knocking Heidenreich cold with a tremendous chair shot for the victory. Heidenreich would come out the next week on Smackdown and read a poem dedicated to Booker T, basically ending the feud. Booker T then wrestled on Smackdown against various opponents for the next few weeks, with no real build-up towards any match. At Wrestlemania 21, Booker T wasn't even featured on the card, although he did win a special "30 Man Raw/Smackdown Battle Royal" Dark Match that went on the DVD, giving him a victory at the biggest show of the year (even if it wasn't shown live).
Soon after Wrestlemania, Booker T began, once again, to push for the World Title shot. His way was first blocked by the Big Show, who also wanted a crack at John Cena (who had won the belt from JBL at the PPV). The two fought in a #1 Contenders Match, but the match was thrown out when both Kurt Angle and JBL became involved, wanting their own shots. This led to Teddy Long setting up a Four-Way #1 Contenders Match between the wrestlers on the next Smackdown. Around this time, Booker T was joined on his way to the ring by his wife, Sharmell, who was now dedicated to getting Booker T back to the big time. In the Four-Corner Elimination Match, the Big Show surprisingly went first, as all three men seemed to work against him. An Angle Slam through a table left the Big Show to be counted out. Unfortunately, this worked against Booker T, as both Angle & JBL worked against him. Although Booker T fought hard, Angle hit him with a chair while the ref was distracted by the ejection of Orlando Jordan. Booker T was then easily pinned. However, Booker T got revenge at the end of the match, when, after the ref went down, he nailed Angle with his own chair shot to help JBL win the #1 Contendership.
A violent and disturbing feud between Booker T and Angle started gaining steam, as Angle seemed to have a fetish for Booker T's wife, Sharmell, calling her a "gutterslut". At one point, Angle burst into Sharmell's room, leaving her screaming and crying. Angle knocked out Booker T when he tried to make the save. Angle later issued a taped 'apology', but still believed that Sharmell was interested in him. This led to a match between the two at Judgment Day '05, with Booker T on the warpath. Angle was soon bloody and battered, and feeling the rage of a furious husband. Angle fought back, though, making it competitive. In the end, Booker T reversed the Angle Slam into a pin, winning the match. A ticked-off Angle knocked out Booker afterwards, though, then went after Sharmell when she came to check on her husband. However, Booker T recovered, stealing some handcuffs from Angle (who was planning to use them on Sharmell) and handcuffed him instead, which allowed Sharmell to get some retribution by racking Angle! The couple celebrated after the match, as Angle held onto the ropes in pain.
On the next Smackdown, Booker T entered a "Winner's Choice Battle Royal", with the winner getting to choose his opponent for the next week. Booker T, of course, was interested in taking on the World Champion, John Cena. Late in the match, Booker T was dominant, throwing out most of the Cabinent by himself, one after another. But his fatigue allowed Angle to come up from behind and toss Booker T out as well, eliminating him. Angle went on to toss Rey Mysterio to win the match, then surprisingly told Cena that his title was safe, because he wanted to go one-on-one with Sharmell! Booker T was able to work a compromise with a sympathetic Teddy Long, arranging for it to be a "Handicap" Match: Booker T & Sharmell against Angle. But, when Booker T was taken out, Angle pinned Sharmell in a compromising way, then refused to get off of her until Booker T came after him with a chair, continuing the feud.
The final match between Booker T and Angle in their feud took place on the next Smackdown, with Sharmell at ringside to cheer on her husband. Late in the match, when the referee went down, Angle went to cheat, getting a steel chair. But Booker T dodged the blow, causing Angle to bounce the chair off the ropes and hit himself! This left Angle easy pickings for an Axe Kick, allowing Booker T to get the pin and win the match. The next week, it was announced that Angle had been drafted to Raw, making sure that Booker T's win was the final battle between the two for a good while. For the next few weeks, Booker & Sharmell celebrated the win, while worrying, in their own minds, that one of them might be traded to Raw, separating them. Booker T was particularly worried that Sharmell might have to go over there without him, leaving her open to Angle's violent tendencies. Fortunately, neither was drafted, keeping the couple together on Smackdown.
On the final Smackdown of June '05, it was announced that Booker T would be wrestling in a Six Man Elimination Match against Chris Benoit, Muhammad Hassan, John Bradshaw Layfield, the Big Show, and the Undertaker, with the winner supposedly getting the 'new' Smackdown World Title (since John Cena had been drafted to Raw). When the Big Show was also drafted to Raw, though, he was replaced in the match by Smackdown's draftee, Christian. The first one to be eliminated, surprisingly, was the favorite, the Undertaker, who used a steel chair on Hassan to get DQ'ed. Hassan, also, was eliminated, simply because he ran away from the Undertaker and didn't return. Benoit went next, getting surprised by a pin from JBL. Booker T then had to fight against both JBL & Christian, and although he did well, he didn't see Christian tag JBL, which allowed Christian to come up behind him and roll him up for a quick pin. Christian was estatic about the pin, but this left him vulnerable, as JBL gave him the Clothesline From Hell for the victory. It was revealed after the match that the final draft pick was the "Raw" World Champion, Batista, meaning that JBL hadn't won the belt, he'd just won the right to be #1 Contender.
On the next Smackdown, Booker T had a #1 Contenders Match with Chris Benoit, with the winner getting a shot at Orlando Jordan's US Title. Even with Sharmell on hand to support him, Booker T was forced to tap out to his friend's Crippler Crossface, losing another opportunity. A week later, Booker T intervened on Candice Michelle's behalf, when she was being harrassed by Christian, leading to a match between the two. However, before the match began, Christian attacked Booker T from behind, beating him down and out. As the bell rang, officially beginning the match, Christian gave the hurting Booker T the Unprettier and pinned him, winning easily. Booker T soon challenged Christian for a rematch at the next PPV, which was accepted.
At the '05 Great American Bash, Booker T and Christian went at it, each looking for a chance to get a big win and move up in the rankings. With Sharmell cheering on from the outside, Booker T came through, getting a 2nd-rope turnbuckle Axe Kick to put Christian down. On the next Smackdown, Booker T teamed up with Chris Benoit to win a tag match over Christian & Orlando Jordan, punctuated by the fact that Christian walked away during the match. Booker T continued to work with Benoit over the next few weeks, but began having serious problems with M-N-M (Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, & Melina). The problems seemed to stem from issues between Sharmell and Melina, with Jillian Hall also becoming involved. On an August '05 Smackdown, Booker T & Sharmell lost a "Mixed Tag" Match to Mercury & Melina, thanks in part to Hall tripping Sharmell up. After the match, though, Sharmell seemed to blame Booker T for not being there for her, much to Booker T's surprise.
Over the next few weeks, Booker T continued to have problems with his wife, as Sharmell had issues with Christian, keeping Booker T from focusing. On the Peep Show, Sharmell seemed to actually side with Christian when the 'host' pointed out that Booker T hadn't done much title-wise in a while. The segment was broken up, though, by the Mexicools, who attacked both Booker T & Christian. In a tag match later that night, Booker T was fighting against the odds when Christian, with a bloody nose, opted to simply leave, causing Booker T to be double-teamed and defeated. This started another mini-feud between the two wrestlers, with Booker T beating Christian thanks in part to Sharmell becoming involved, holding Christian's legs at the end to help Booker T get the pin.
Sharmell slowly became more and more of a factor in Booker T's career, pushing him on the fact that Chris Benoit wasn't giving him a US Title shot. It was arranged that Booker T would go against Christian and Orlando Jordan in a "Three-Way" Match to decide who would be Benoit's opponent at the next PPV. Surprisingly, when Booker T was busy getting ready to slingshot Christian, Jordan rolled him up (while shooting Christian out of the ring) to get the win. After the match, Benoit came down and teased giving the shot to each man, before declaring that all three would face him! At No Mercy '05, the four men went at it in a Fatal Fourway Match for the US Title. It was an aggressive bout, with each man wanting to hold the gold. Booker T came close to winning a number of times, but when the decision finally happened, he was on the outside with Jordan, as Benoit made Christian tap out to the Crippler Crossface. After the match, Sharmell said that Benoit had screwed Booker T out of the belt, blaming both Benoit and Booker T for the loss (in agreement with Ken Kennedy, who called Booker T a loser in the back).
On the next Smackdown, Booker T was involved in a "Four Way #1 Contenders" Match with Rey Mysterio, John Bradshaw Layfield, and Christian, to decide who would face Benoit for the title. Late in the match, with the other wrestlers on the outside, Mysterio had Booker T set up for the 619. But Sharmell tripped up Mysterio, sending him flat on his face, which allowed Booker T to recover and catch Mysterio with the Axe Kick for the victory. After the match, Benoit confronted Booker T, who apparently had no clue what his wife had done, saying that the same thing had better not happen to him. Yet, on the next Smackdown, it did, as, after a great match, Benoit got low blowed by Sharmell when his back was turned. A hurting Benoit was easy pickings for the Axe Kick, as Booker T won the United States Heavyweight Title, a belt he hadn't worn since 2004. When Benoit yelled at Booker T after the match about his wife's involvement, Booker T called him a 'sore loser'.
A week later, Teddy Long called Booker T & Sharmell into his office and showed him taped evidence of Sharmell's cheating ways, prompting Booker T to bring Sharmell to the ring and call out Benoit. Booker T apologized, and offered Benoit a rematch, which was accepted. Booker T then pushed Sharmell to apologize, and Sharmell did, in a way, 'apologizing' for supporting her man, for helping him win matches, and for making him a champion. She slapped Booker T, then left the ring, before turning back and telling Benoit that she was also deeply sorry for "this". When Benoit turned back, Booker T smashed him with the US Title, knocking him out! Booker T had been fooling everyone the whole time, and was actually in on the plan with Sharmell! Booker T & Sharmell left, celebrating, as a furious Benoit pulled himself up.
On the next Smackdown, Booker T & Sharmell came to the ring and bragged about how they had fooled everyone, including GM Teddy Long. Long himself then came out and said that he had been fooled, because he had thought that Booker T was a decent man. Long then told Booker T that he would be facing Benoit in a rematch for the US Title, and the match would be next! With Sharmell trying to help from the outside, Booker T went at it again with his former friend, Benoit, battling over the belt. But when Benoit got the Crippler Crossface on Booker T, he managed to reach the nearby ropes, then decided that he had had enough, rolling out of the ring and heading to the back with Sharmell, losing via Countout but staying the United States Champion.
The feud between Booker T and Benoit continued a week later, when Booker T & Sharmell came out during Benoit's match with John Bradshaw Layfield. Booker T commented at the announce table for a while, then helped distract Benoit at a crucial moment, allowing JBL to get the Clothesline From Hell and earn a Survivor Series spot over Benoit. Sadly, the feud was put on hold the next week, due to the untimely passing of Eddie Guerrero the day of the next Smackdown taping. Booker T joined the rest of the Raw/Smackdown wrestlers in a tribute for Eddie, which was broadcast on the two separate shows. On Smackdown, Booker T, with his wife by his side, talked about his long past with Eddie, through WCW to present day, and told the Guerrero family that the Huffman family was there for them if needed.
A week later, after emotions died down, Booker T again was put in a United States Heavyweight Title match against his nemesis, Benoit. It was a long, drawn out match, with a lot of near-finishes. As the match continued, the referee was knocked out, but a second ref (possibly mindful of Sharmell's interference) quickly ran out to take his place. This turned out to be the deciding point of the match, though, as, after a Booker T superplex, both wrestlers grabbed the other, and both refs counted a pin. When the dust settled, neither referee could agree on who won, which caused GM Teddy Long to make his way out. Long quickly sized up the situation, even with Sharmell complaining that, in the event of a tie, the champion keeps the title. Long agreed that Benoit was not the champion, but also declared the US Title vacated from Booker T! Long then said that Booker T & Benoit would 'revisit history', having them compete in a "Best of 7" Series for the vacated belt!
The first match of the series took place at the '05 Survivor Series. The two wrestlers, not surprisingly, gave their all at the pay-per-view, but once again, Sharmell proved to be the deciding factor for Booker T, as she helped hold Benoit's legs during a roll-up to help Booker T get the victory. A special Tuesday Smackdown was shown the next week, as the two wrestlers met for Match 2 of the series. In another furious affair, Booker T was able to capitalize on a mistake on Benoit's part. At one point in the match, Benoit tried to German Suplex Booker T off the ring apron. But Benoit was the only one to go down, landing with a horrible thud on the mat. Benoit never really recovered from the hit, with Booker T able to soon get the Axe Kick for the victory, going up 2-0.
A few days later, on the first December '05 Smackdown, Booker T & Sharmell came out to commentate on Benoit's match with William Regal. While a bloody Benoit defeated Regal with the Crossface, Booker T continually talked about sweeping the series. Booker T, though, failed to realize that Benoit was incoming, as Benoit dived over the annouce table and attacked Booker T, eventually forcing him to tap to the Crossface! Sharmell helped make the save by going for a steel chair, only to be intercepted by Benoit and running for her life. Match #3 took place a week later, with Booker T looking for some revenge for his beatdown of the week before. During the match an errant Booker T kick took out the referee, even as Benoit capitalized with the Crippler Crossface. Sharmell came into the ring with a chair, with Benoit seeing her coming. However, as Benoit went after her, Booker T got the chair and clocked Benoit, then used the Scissors Kick for the victory, leaving himself only one win away from a clean sweep.
Booker T faced another opponent a week later, defeating Matt Hardy (with help from a Clothesline From Hell from JBL). But Booker T's focus was mainly on Chris Benoit, whom he'd be facing at Armageddon '05, with the chance to win the US Title. It was an unbelievable match, with Benoit fighting against being eliminated in the Series, while Booker T was intent on ending things that night. Near the end, the ref went down, which allowed Sharmell to try to interfere with a broom. Benoit dodged, though, then went after Sharmell, only to be intercepted by Booker T. However, as Booker T went for the Bookend, Benoit countered and took Booker T down, locking him into the Crossface! A recovered ref watched as Booker T tapped, giving Benoit his first victory. Still, Booker T was still ahead 3-1, so the odds were still with him beating Benoit.
Unfortunately for Booker T, though, the 'wrestling gods' weren't with him, as Booker T was injured over the weekend at a house show event, suffering a strained groin pull. On the next Smackdown, Booker T & Sharmell were arguing with Benoit and GM Teddy Long about the series, since Booker T could not compete for 6-8 weeks. Booker T & Sharmell thought that, since Booker T was up 3-1 in the series, the US Title should be given to him. Long, though, seemed to be leaning towards giving Benoit a forfeit win over Booker T, even though Benoit didn't want to win that way. So Booker T came up with a new scenario: he would pick a replacement to wrestle for him in the series. Benoit and Long agreed, so Booker T was on his way to find a replacement. He was first approached by Orlando Jordan, who wanted the opportunity to fight Benoit. But Booker T & Sharmell both made fun of OJ's constant tapping to Benoit, refusing to choose him. Instead, Booker T talked to Randy Orton, giving him a pep talk about how he had to bounce back from his loss to the Undertaker at Armageddon. Orton took Booker T's challenge, facing off against Benoit in the 5th match of the Series. In a surprising turn of events, though, Benoit got Orton in the Crossface, which caused Sharmell to get up and charge the ring, hitting Benoit and causing the DQ, ending the year with Booker T & Orton being upset with Sharmell's actions.
The three had a confrontation on the first Smackdown of 2006, with Sharmell blaming Orton for the loss, while Orton blamed Sharmell for interfering when it wasn't necessary. But Orton still decided to fight in Booker T's place, telling Booker T that, when he delivered the US Title, Booker T would owe him one. Booker T rapidly agreed, wanting the US Title back on his shoulder. Meanwhile, Orlando Jordan was still around, again telling Booker T & Sharmell that he should be the one fighting for the belt. Booker T & Sharmell again made fun of OJ, with Booker T telling him that he had to EARN their respect. Jordan told Booker T to remember he had said that. Later that night, Orton and Benoit engaged in another great bout, with Booker T watching from the announce table. Meanwhile, Sharmell tried to help out from ringside, tripping up Benoit. Surprisingly, Orton agreed with Benoit, telling the ref to eject Sharmell from ringside! Orton and Benoit then really went after each other, with Orton seemingly in complete control near the end, as he prepared for an RKO. But, as Booker T celebrated, he missed Jordan coming from the crowd. OJ knocked down the injured Booker, then grabbed his crutch and entered the ring, surprisingly hitting Benoit in full view of the ref! The ref had no choice but to again DQ Orton, who was beside himself, as OJ gloated about his actions costing Booker T the belt.
The final match of the series took place a week later, with Orton seemingly a little unfocused, as he wanted to compete for the vacated World Title that night in the Battle Royal (Batista, due to injury, had been forced to drop the belt). But Booker T still had faith in Orton, as he & Sharmell came down to ringside to watch the match. Early on, though, Benoit pulled some dirty tricks of his own, shying away from Booker T (and his upraised crutch) and telling the ref that Booker T had swung at him! The ref ejected both Booker T & Sharmell from ringside, apparently making things a one-on-one contest. Later on, when the ref was down, Orton prepared for the RKO on Benoit, but had to take out a charging Orlando Jordan instead. This allowed Benoit to get Orton in the Crossface. Booker T, though, stumbled down to the ring with his crutch, to try and break up the hold. Benoit was able to take Booker T down, then got the Crossface back on Orton, but with the ref still down, Booker T came back in and clobbered Benoit in the back of the head with the US Title, allowing Orton to make the pin, winning the match and getting Booker T the United States Heavyweight Title!
Booker T & Sharmell had a victory celebration on the next Smackdown, with Booker T all but denying Orton's involvement in getting him the belt. Booker T instead seemed to think that he'd done it himself. The celebration was then interrupted by Orlando Jordan, who wanted a shot at Booker T's title that night. Booker T claimed to still be injured, though, refusing the challenge, which led to Jordan shoving Booker T to the mat! GM Teddy Long then came out and fixed things, having Orton once again substitute for Booker T against Jordan. Booker T watched, and helped interfere, as Orton got the win over Jordan. But as the two celebrated (along with Sharmell), a fiery Benoit ran to the ring and attacked both men, lashing into Booker T with some serious chops! A week later, Booker T offered to help Orton in his "No Holds Barred" match against Benoit, which would be repaying Orton's favor. But Orton refused, instead saying that he might cash in the favor at the Royal Rumble that weekend, in which both Booker T and Orton were competing in. Booker T didn't like Orton's insinuation that he might have Booker T forfeit if he and Orton were the final two remaining. But Booker T did get a little satisfaction that night by watching Orton tap out to Benoit's Crossface, which might have been changed had Booker T been there to interfere.
At the '06 Royal Rumble, Booker T made his return to the ring, coming in at #13. Unfortunately, the number proved to be unlucky, as Booker T was quickly tossed by Benoit. Obviously, Booker T's injury was still a factor. On the next Smackdown, Booker T was supposed to defend the United States Heavyweight Title against Benoit, but again claimed to be too injured to wrestle. So GM Long again allowed a substitute, but let Booker T know that the US Title would still be on the line. Booker T chose Dave "Fit" Finlay to be his substitute, causing even more flashbacks to WCW. Finlay and Benoit went at it, with Booker T & Sharmell at ringside to watch, talk at the announce table, and, of course, interfere. Near the end, despite their interference, Benoit got Finlay in the Crippler Crossface. With Booker T distracting the ref, Sharmell ran in with the crutch. But the ref turned just in time to see Sharmell swing at Benoit, causing the DQ. This didn't seem to bother Booker T or Finlay, as they beat on Benoit before finally leaving the ring.
The next week, Booker T & Sharmell watched from the announce table as Benoit won a "#1 Contenders Fatal Fourway" Match over John Bradshaw Layfield, Matt Hardy, and Orlando Jordan. Booker T, upset over the result, went to talk to GM Teddy Long. But when Booker T again brought up his injury, Long let him know that, if he didn't defend the title at the PPV, he would forfeit the title. Booker T got some more shots in on Benoit a week later, as he helped cost Benoit & Bobby Lashley to lose to JBL & Finlay. Booker T's injury seemed healed, a 'miracle' of sorts. However, at No Way Out '06, Booker T came out with Sharmell and seemed resigned to his fate, trying to forfeit the title because he wasn't 100 percent. Benoit wouldn't have it, though, calling Booker T a coward and inspiring Sharmell to slap Benoit. Booker T then attacked Benoit from behind, starting the match. Booker T fought hard, doing whatever he could to win, but Benoit was too strong, eventually getting Booker T in the Sharpshooter, followed by the Crippler Crossface, forcing Booker T to tap out and lose the United States Championship.
An upset Booker T & Sharmell came out on the next Smackdown to do some more commentating, thinking that it was a tag-team match. But it was soon announced that the bout was actually a "Handicap" Match, pitting the Dicks against the Boogeyman! Booker T freaked out when he saw who was coming down, then watched as the Boogeyman destroyed the Dicks for the win. The Boogeyman then came to the announce table, as Booker T & Sharmell got out of there, especially after the Boogeyman dropped a bag full of worms on the table! A week later, Booker T took on Tatanka, as Sharmell commentated at ringside about her man. During the match, Booker T had the upper hand on the veteran, scoring the Axe Kick. However, the Boogeyman's music then started playing, distracting Booker T. As Sharmell looked around frantically from her seat at the announce table, the Boogeyman suddenly appeared behind her, causing her to scream and run away. Meanwhile, Booker T, yelling at Sharmell to run away, got rolled up and pinned by Tatanka, taking the loss. It didn't seem to faze Booker T as much as the Boogeyman, though, as he & Sharmell headed up the ramp, away from the strange wrestler who ate worms.
Booker T & Sharmell tried a new tactic the next week on Smackdown, as they brought letters from various people down to the ring to protest the Boogeyman being on the show. Booker T read letters from "the President of the NAACP" (talking about how the Boogeyman was not a role model for African-Americans), as well as several 'worm activists' protesting the cruel and unusual punishment dealt by the Boogeyman. Before Booker T could finish, though, GM Teddy Long appeared on the screen and told him & Sharmell that he wasn't going to fix their problems for them. He set up a match between Booker T and the Boogeyman, instead at the return of Saturday Night Main Event! An unhappy Booker T grabbed his bag, but the bag then started letting loose red smoke, causing him to turn it over and drop out the worms that had appeared in it! Booker T then started to flee (without his wife), but ran into the Boogeyman at the ramp, causing him to retreat the other way, again running from the Boogeyman.
A week later on Smackdown, Booker T protected his terrified wife from worms, having her wear a bee-keeper's suit (complete with a hole in the top to allow for her tiara. Booker T then defeated a jobber in Jeremy Young, easily taking him down with the Axe Kick. The Boogeyman music then hit, causing Booker T to first start up the aisle to face him, then coming back and having Sharmell hide under the ring, with him following. Both came screaming out from underneath, though, with the Boogeyman right behind, chasing them up the ramp! At Saturday Night's Main Event #32, Booker T was scheduled to finally face the Boogeyman. Booker T played the injury card again, though, claiming that he hurt his leg running the stairs earlier, getting GM Long to call off the match. Booker T was seen later on, obviously having faked the injury, but he and Sharmell didn't get to celebrate too long before the Boogeyman appeared, hanging upside-down from the ceiling.
A furious GM Teddy Long brought Booker T & Sharmell to the ring on the next Smackdown, with Long telling Booker T that the doctors didn't find a thing wrong with him. Long also emphasized that Booker T had to sign a contract to face the Boogeyman at Wrestlemania, to make up for the missed match. Booker T refused at first, saying that a 5-time champion shouldn't have to fight a freak. But when Long threatened to fire Booker T, he opted to 'defend his wife's honor', especially after Long mentioned giving him a partner to take on the Boogeyman. It was a trick from Long, though, as he placed Sharmell in the match as well, terrifying Booker T's wife. Booker T had to face Paul Birchall in a 'warm-up' match on the final Smackdown before the PPV, with Sharmell not wanting to leave his side. Predictably, the Boogeyman again appeared, this time coming up from behind Sharmell and kidnapping her! Booker T chased after them, getting counted out. He eventually found Sharmell in the back by following a trail of worms, rescuing his panicked wife (as the Boogeyman watched and laughed from nearby).
At Wrestlemania 22, Booker T & Sharmell had to take on the Boogeyman in the "Handicap" Match. Before the bout, the couple had run-ins with several 'unique' WWE wrestlers, including Paul Birchall, Gene Snitsky, Mae Young, and Goldust (who was dressed like Oprah Winfrey). Later on in the match, Booker T surprisingly had Sharmell start things off for his team, but this was a trick, as Booker T attacked the Boogeyman from behind to try to get an advantage. Booker T nearly won with the Book End, but the Boogeyman soon came back, knocking down Booker T, then kissing Sharmell with a mouthful of worms! As Sharmell ran away, the Boogeyman took out Booker T with a Choke Powerbomb to get the pin, costing Booker T & Sharmell the match.
Surprisingly, Booker T & Sharmell were in a good mood the next Smackdown, despite GM Teddy Long's attempts to remind them of what had happened at Wrestlemania. Booker T soon showed why, as he revealed that they now had a restraining order filed against the Boogeyman! If the Boogeyman came within 100 yards of Booker T, he would sue Long and WWE. Booker T then went out to face a relative unknown in Gunner Scott. It was a good match, with Booker T in control of the rookie after a spinebuster. But when the Boogeyman's music hit, Booker T was distracted, allowing Scott to roll Booker T up for the upset! As Booker T fumed in the ring, GM Long came out, 'apologizing' for the Boogeyman's music running. He also once again announced Scott as the winner, further infuriating Booker T.
It was later announced by Long that an old tradition would be returning to Smackdown, in the form of the '06 King of the Ring Tournament! Booker T was one of the entrants in the tournament, and he quickly bragged about it, appearing on the next Smackdown with kingly robes and expecting himself to be the winner. However, other entrants didn't feel the same, as Bobby Lashley came out and Speared Booker T, ending the celebration. Booker T's first tournament match took place the next week, as Booker T took on Matt Hardy. It was a tough match for Booker T, with Hardy nearly winning with the Side Effect. But a distraction from Sharmell (pulling away the ref) allowed Booker T to get a low blow, then land the Axe Kick, winning the match to move on in the tournament.
Booker T & Sharmell did an interview on the next Smackdown, talking about Booker T's run to the gold (while not wanting to comment on the Angle/Mysterio title match that night). They were interrupted, though, by Gunnar Scott, who reminded Booker T that he had beaten him in Scott's first match on Smackdown a few weeks back. An angry Booker T told Scott that he'd find him an opponent for that night, since Booker T himself was suddenly suffering from a "chest cold". Booker T & Sharmell came to the ring later that night to watch as Scott faced Booker T's chosen opponent, Finlay. Although Finlay dominated early on, Scott seemed to be gaining some momentum late in the match, causing Booker T (supposedly still sick) jumping up from the announce table and ko'ing Scott with a kick while the ref wasn't looking. Booker T then rolled Scott back into the ring, where Finlay capitalized for the victory. Afterwards, Booker T & Finlay beat Scott down, with Chris Benoit running down to make the save, sending both heels running out of the ring.
Booker T faced Gunnar Scott in a singles match on the next Smackdown, intent on showing the rookie how things worked in WWE. But Scott gave Booker T a much harder time than he anticipated, nearly beating Booker at one point with a roll-up. At the end, it took Sharmell tripping up Scott to allow Booker T to catch Scott with the Scissors Kick, getting the win. Afterwards, Booker T told everyone that he was rolling to the KOTR finals (Booker T's semi-final opponent, Kurt Angle, had been injured by Mark Henry the week before), since he could beat any of the remaining opponents with one hand tied behind his back. However, Booker T wasn't as confident later on, when he was confronted after a shower by Bobby Lashley, who said he was going through Finlay (who had beaten Benoit earlier in the night), then would be taking out Booker T to win the tournament.
Booker T & Sharmell came out on the next Smackdown, bragging again about making it to the finals. Booker T, though, also wanted to give Angle 'one more chance', setting up a 10 count (when Booker T knew full-well that Angle had been escorted out of the building earlier, due to his anger against Henry). When Angle 'failed' to answer the count, Booker T celebrated again. He then sat in the throne on stage, watching the other Semi-Final Match. Much to Booker T's dismay, Bobby Lashley fought through Finlay's dirty tricks, beating him with a Spear. A week later, Booker T & Sharmell were furious when, after a match, Lashley started to sit in "Booker T's" throne on the stage. The two had a confrontation, but no fists were thrown. Later on, Booker T & Finlay took on Chris Benoit & Gunnar Scott. Late in the match, Booker T had Scott alone in the ring, and looked to be on his way to victory, when Lashley again came out and sat in the throne! With Sharmell screaming at Booker T, the wrestler was distracted, allowing Scott to get a Crucifix Pin on Booker T for his second upset win over Booker! Afterwards, Booker T continued to yell at Lashley, who calmly sat in the chair, disputing Booker T's claim to the throne.
At Judgment Day '06, the two heir apparents to the throne met in the finals of the tournament. At the beginning of the match, Booker T tried to talk down to Lashley, only to get shoved down by the powerhouse. The match was a back-and-forth affair, with Booker T trying to use his experience to edge out Lashley's physical abilities. Booker T also had Sharmell at ringside, who was doing her best to distract Lashley and the ref. Late in the match, Booker T got the Scissors Kick, but Lashley kicked out, shocking both Booker & Sharmell. Lashley then came back and got the Spear, with Booker T in deep trouble. But with Sharmell again distracting the ref, Finlay surprisingly ran out and attacked Lashley, smashing him with his shillelagh! Booker T then got another Scissors Kick for the victory, winning the King of the Ring! Afterwards, Booker T went to sit on his throne, complete with his crown. He didn't get to enjoy it, however, as Lashley, angry about the ending, Speared Booker T through the throne! Sharmell tended to the downed King Booker, as Lashley stormed off.
King Booker's coronation took place on the next Smackdown, with William Regal presiding over the reading of the scroll, proclaiming Booker T the new king. Sharmell also praised her man, giving Booker his crown and robe. A tearful-looking Booker thanked everyone for his getting to follow his dream. He also brought Sharmell to tears by using his first act as King Booker to proclaim her the Queen. The happy couple celebrated together, as Regal continuously shouted "Long live King Booker!". A week later, King Booker took on Lashley in a "Non-Title" Rematch (Lashley had won the US Title the week before). It wasn't a great match for the king, as Lashley managed to block a spin kick and nailed Booker with a Running Powerslam, getting the pinfall victory. Afterwards, though, King Booker's 'subjects', Regal & Finlay, attacked Lashley, beating down the US Champion and eventually dragging him over to King Booker. After a shot from Finlay's shillelagh, Lashley was vulnerable to Booker's Axe Kick. Booker then sat in his throne as Lashley was made to 'kiss' his feet, adding insult to injury.
Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (75 - 81, 2 DCOs, 2 NCs)
- WCW Fall Brawl '93 (September 19) = Kane, teaming with Kole (Stevie Ray), Vader, & Sid Vicious, lost a War Games Match to Sting, Davey Smith, the Shockmaster, & Dustin Rhodes.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '93 (October 24) = Kane, Kole, & the Equalizer lost to Ice Train, Charlie Norris, & the Shockmaster.
- WCW BattleBowl (November 20, '93) = Kane & Davey Boy Smith lost to Rip Rogers & Hawk.
- WCW Superbrawl IV (February 20, '94) = Kane & Kole of Harlem Heat defeated Thunder & Lightning.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '94 (October 23) = Booker T defeated Brian Armstrong in a dark match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIX (November 16, '94) = Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeated the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Starrcade '94 (December 27) = Harlem Heat lost via DQ to the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXX (January 25, '95) = Harlem Heat retained the WCW Tag Belts after beating Stars & Stripes.
- WCW Superbrawl V (February 19, '95) = Harlem Heat defended their WCW Tag-Team belts by winning via DQ over the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Uncensored '95 (March 19) = Harlem Heat lost a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match with the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Slamboree '95 (May 21) = Harlem Heat lost the WCW Tag Team Titles to the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Great American Bash '95 (June 18) = Harlem Heat defeated the Fantastics in a dark match. Later in the night, in a match actually taped, Harlem Heat beat Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '95 (July 16) = Harlem Heat, the Tag-Team Champions, won a Triangle Tag-Team Match with The Nasty Boys and Steve Regal & Bobby Eaton.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXI (August 4, '95) = Harlem Heat & Sherri Martel defeated Bunkhouse Buck, Dick Slater, & Robert Parker.
- WCW Fall Brawl '95 (September 17) = Harlem Heat defeated Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater for the WCW Tag-Team belts.
- WCW World War III '95 (November 26) = Booker T competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Superbrawl VI (February 11, '96) = Harlem Heat lost to Lex Luger & Sting, who retained their WCW Tag-Team Belts.
- WCW Uncensored '96 (March 24) = Booker T & Sting defeated the Road Warriors in a "Chicago" Street Fight.
- WCW Slamboree '96 (May 19) = Booker T & Animal wrestled to a Double Countout with Hawk & Lex Luger.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '96 (July 7) = Harlem Heat defended their Tag-Team Belts by winning, via DQ, over the Steiner Brothers in a dark match.
- WCW Hogg Wild '96 (August 10) = Harlem Heat again retained the Tag Belts by defeating the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIII (August 15, '96) = Harlem Heat defended their WCW Tag Belts, fighting to a No-Contest with the Steiner Brothers and Lex Luger & Sting.
- WCW Fall Brawl '96 (September 15) = Harlem Heat stayed the Tag-Team Champions by beating the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '96 (October 27) = Harlem Heat lost the WCW Tag-Team Belts to the Outsiders.
- WCW World War III '96 (November 24) = Harlem Heat defeated Jacques Rougeau & Pierre Oulette. Later in the night, Booker T competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by the Giant.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIV (January 21, '97) = Harlem Heat defeated Joe Gomez & the Renegade.
- WCW Superbrawl VII (February 23, '97) = Harlem Heat lost to Public Enemy in a Triangle Match, also involving the Faces of Fear.
- WCW Uncensored '97 (March 16) = Harlem Heat defeated The Public Enemy.
- WCW Spring Stampede '97 (April 6) = Booker T was involved in a "Four Corners" match with Stevie Ray, Lex Luger, and the Giant. Luger was the winner.
- WCW Slamboree '97 (May 18) = Harlem Heat were beaten by Public Enemy in a dark match.
- WCW Great American Bash '97 (June 15) = Harlem Heat, via DQ, won over the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Road Wild '97 (August 9) = Harlem Heat defeated Vicious & Delicious (Scott Norton and Buff Bagwell).
- WCW Fall Brawl '97 (September 14) = Harlem Heat lost to the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Battle in Seattle (September 19, '97) = Harlem Heat again fell to the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW/nWo Souled Out '98 (January 24) = Booker T retained his WCW Television Championship by pinning Rick Martel.
- WCW Boston Brawl (January 31, '98) = Booker T stayed the WCW TV Champ, defeating VK Wallstreet.
- WCW Superbrawl VIII (February 22, '98) = Booker T regained his WCW TV Title from Rick Martel. In the next match, Booker T successfully defended the title against Saturn.
- WCW Uncensored '98 (March 15) = Booker T defended his WCW TV Title by defeating Eddie Guerrero.
- WCW Spring Stampede '98 (April 19) = Booker T stayed the TV Champ by defeating Chris Benoit.
- WCW Great American Bash '98 (June 14) = Booker T defeated Chris Benoit at the end of the "Best of 7" Tournament between the two. Later in the night, Booker T won the WCW TV Title back from Fit Finley.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '98 (July 12) = Booker T retained the WCW TV Title by winning, via DQ, over Bret Hart.
- WCW World War III '98 (November 22) = Booker T competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Kevin Nash.
- WCW Superbrawl IX (February 21, '99) = Booker T defeated Disco Inferno.
- WCW Uncensored '99 (March 14) = Booker T, after a mistake from Buff Bagwell, defeated Scott Steiner to regain the WCW Television Title.
- WCW Spring Stampede '99 (April 11) = Booker T was beaten by Scott Steiner in the US Title Tournament Finals.
- WCW Slamboree '99 (May 9) = Booker T lost the TV Title to Rick Steiner, after interference from Scott Steiner.
- WCW Road Wild '99 (August 14) = Harlem Heat, reformed, defeated Bam-Bam Bigelow & Kanyon of the Triad to win the WCW Tag-Team Titles.
- WCW Fall Brawl '99 (September 12) = Harlem Heat managed to defeat Barry & Kendall Windham to become 9-time WCW Tag-Team champions.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '99 (October 24) = Harlem Heat won the Tag-Team belts in a Triangle match, taking down Billy Kidman & Konnan and Brian Knobs & Hugh Morrus.
- WCW Mayhem (November 21, '99) = Booker T was pinned by the US & TV Champion, Scott Hall.
- WCW Starrcade '99 (December 19) = Harlem Heat & Midnight were defeated by Creative Control & Curt Hennig.
- WCW Souled Out '00 (January 16) = Booker T defeated Stevie Ray via DQ.
- WCW Superbrawl X (February 20, '00) = Booker was pinned by Big T.
- WCW Uncensored '00 (March 19) = Booker, with Billy Kidman, defeated Stevie Ray and Big T.
- WCW Spring Stampede '00 (April 16) = Booker lost to Sting in the US Title Tournament.
- WCW Great American Bash '00 (June 11) = G.I. Bro defeated Sean Stasiak in a Boot Camp match.
- WCW Bash at the Beach '00 (July 9) = Booker T was pinned by Kanyon. Later in the night, Booker T defeated Jeff Jarrett to become the Heavyweight Champion.
- WCW New Blood Rising (August 13, '00) = Booker T retained the World Title by defeated Jeff Jarrett.
- WCW Fall Brawl '00 (September 17) = Booker T won a Steel Cage match over Kevin Nash to win back the WCW World Title.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '00 (October 29) = Booker T won, via DQ, over Scott Steiner, retaining the World Title.
- WCW Millenium Final (November 16, '00) = Booker T kept the World Title, earning a victory over Scott Steiner.
- WCW Mayhem '00 (November 26) = Booker T lost the Heavyweight Title to Scott Steiner in a "Straight Jacket Steel Cage" match.
- WCW Greed (March 18, '01) = Booker T defeated Rick Steiner to become the United States Champion.
- WWF Invasion (July 22, '01) = Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page, Rhyno, Buh Buh Ray & D'Von Dudley won over the WWF team of Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Kane & the Undertaker.
- WWF Summerslam '01 (August 19) = Booker T lost the WCW World Title to the Rock.
- WWF Unforgiven '01 (September 23) = Booker T & Shane McMahon were beaten in a "Handicap" match by the WCW World Champ, the Rock.
- WWF No Mercy '01 (October 21) = Booker T was pinned by the Undertaker.
- WWF Survivor Series '01 (November 18) = Booker T, Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam & Shane McMahon fought in an "Elimination" match against the Rock, Chris Jericho, Kane, the Undertaker & the Big Show. Booker T was eliminated by the Rock, who was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWF Royal Rumble '02 (January 20) = Booker T competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
- WWF No Way Out '02 (February 17) = Booker T & Test fell to the WWF Tag Champs, Spike Dudley & Tazz.
- WWF Wrestlemania X-8 (March 17, '02) = Booker T was pinned by Edge.
- WWF Insurrextion '02 (May 4) = Booker T defeated Stevie Richards to win the Hardcore Championship. Soon after, Booker T was pinned by Crash Holly to lose the belt. He managed to take Holly down and pin him to regain the gold, only to lose it again to Stevie Richards.
- WWE Vengeance '02 (July 21) = Booker T won over the Big Show.
- WWE Summerslam '02 (August 25) = Booker T & Goldust fell to the Tag-Team Champions, Lance Storm & Christian.
- WWE Unforgiven '02 (September 22) = Booker T, Goldust, Bubba Ray Dudley & Kane defeated Lance Storm, Christian, William Regal & Test.
- WWE No Mercy '02 (October 20) = Booker T & Goldust lost to the WWE Tag Champs, Chris Jericho & Christian.
- WWE Rebellion '02 (October 26) = Booker T took down Matt Hardy.
- WWE Survivor Series '02 (November 17) = Booker T competed in the "Elimination Chamber" Match, which was won by Shawn Michaels, who gained the WWE Raw Heavyweight Title. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Rob Van Dam, Chris Jericho & Kane were the other participants.
- WWE Armageddon '02 (December 15) = Booker T & Goldust won a "Tag-Team Elimination" Match to gain the WWE Raw Tag-Team Titles, beating Christian & Chris Jericho, Lance Storm & William Regal and the Dudley Boyz.
- WWE Royal Rumble '03 (January 19) = Booker T competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Brock Lesnar.
- WWE Wrestlemania X-9 (March 30, '03) = Booker T lost to the WWE Raw Heavyweight Champ, Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
- WWE Backlash '03 (April 27) = Booker T, Kevin Nash & Shawn Michaels fell to Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Ric Flair & Chris Jericho.
- WWE Judgment Day '03 (May 18) = Booker T competed in the "Intercontinental Title Battle Royal", which was won by Christian.
- WWE Insurrextion '03 (June 7) = Booker T lost to the Intercontinental Champion, Christian.
- WWE Bad Blood (June 15, '03) = Booker T won, via DQ, over the Intercontinental Champion, Christian.
- OVW Super Summer Sizzler Series (June 27, '03) = Booker T won, via DQ, over the OVW Heavyweight Champ, Doug Basham.
- WWE Survivor Series '03 (November 16) = Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam & the Dudley Boyz fought in an "Elimination" Match against Scott Steiner, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Randy Orton & Christian. Booker T was eliminated by Henry. Orton was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWE Armageddon '03 (December 14) = Booker T defeated Mark Henry.
- WWE Royal Rumble '04 (January 25) = Booker T competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Chris Benoit.
- WWE Wrestlemania XX (March 14, '04) = Booker T & Rob Van Dam stayed the WWE Raw Tag Champs, winning a "Fatal Fourway" Match over Mark Jindark & Garrison Cade, La Resistance and the Dudley Boyz.
- WWE Judgment Day '04 (May 16) = Booker T lost to the Undertaker.
- WWE Great American Bash '04 (June 27) = Booker T lost an "Elimination" Match to the US Champion, John Cena. Rob Van Dam and Rene Dupree were the other participants.
- WWE Summerslam '04 (August 15) = Booker T, as the US Heavyweight Champion, lost the 1st Match of their "Best of 5" Series to John Cena.
- WWE No Mercy '04 (October 3) = Booker T lost the 5th match of his "Best of 5" Series to John Cena. Cena won the US Heavyweight Title.
- WWE Survivor Series '04 (November 14, '04) = Booker T lost to the WWE Smackdown World Champion, John Bradshaw Layfield.
- WWE Armageddon '04 (December 12, '04) = Booker T lost a "Four-Way" Match to the WWE Smackdown Heavyweight Champ, John Bradshaw Layfield. The other participants were Eddie Guerrero and the Undertaker.
- WWE Royal Rumble '05 (January 30) = Booker T competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Batista.
- WWE Smackdown Title Contenders Tournament (February '05) = Booker T defeated Eddie Guerrero, then fell to the eventual winner, John Cena.
- WWE No Way Out '05 (February 20) = Booker T won, via DQ, over Heidenreich.
- WWE Wrestlemania 21 (April 3, '05) = In a dark match, Booker T won a "Smackdown vs. Raw" Battle Royal.
- WWE Judgment Day '05 (May 22, '05) = Booker T defeated Kurt Angle.
- WWE Great American Bash '05 (July 24) = Booker T took down Christian.
- WWE No Mercy '05 (October 9) = Booker T lost a "Fatal Fourway" Match to the US Champion, Chris Benoit. Orlando Jordan and Christian were the other participants.
- WWE Survivor Series '05 (November 27) = Booker T won the first match of the "Best of 7" Series for the vacated US Title over Chris Benoit.
- WWE Armageddon '05 (December 18) = Booker T lost a "Best of 7 Series" Match to Chris Benoit, bringing the series to 3-1.
- WWE Royal Rumble '06 (January 29) = Booker T competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Rey Mysterio.
- WWE No Way Out '06 (February 19) = Booker T lost the United States Title to Chris Benoit.
- WWE Wrestlemania 22 (April 2, '06) = Booker T & Sharmell lost a "Handicap" Match to the Boogeyman.
- WWE King of the Ring '06 Tournament (April/May) = Booker T defeated Matt Hardy, then won, via forfeit, over Kurt Angle to reach the finals.
- WWE Judgment Day '06 (May 21) = Booker T defeated Bobby Lashley to win the King of the Ring Tournament.
- DSW Six Flags Park Slam (June 9, '06) = King Booker lost to the WWE United States Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Lashley.
- WWE Saturday Night's Main Event #33 (July 15, '06) = King Booker, Mark Henry, & Finlay fell to Bobby Lashley, Rey Mysterio, & Batista.
- WWE Great American Bash '06 (July 23) = King Booker won the WWE Smackdown World Heavyweight Title, defeating Rey Mysterio.
- WWE Summerslam '06 (August 20) = King Booker retained the WWE Smackdown World Heavyweight Championship, but lost, via DQ, to Batista.
- WWE No Mercy '06 (October 8) = King Booker stayed the WWE Smackdown World Champ, winning a "Four-Way" Match over Batista, Finlay, and Bobby Lashley.
- WWE Raw Family Reunion (October 9, '06) = King Booker kept the WWE Smackdown World Title, taking down Rob Van Dam.
- WWE Cyber Sunday '06 (November 5) = King Booker retained the WWE Smackdown World Championship, winning the "Champions of Champions" Match over WWE Raw Champ John Cena and ECW Champion the Big Show. Only King Booker's title was on the line (per the votes of the fans).
- WWE Survivor Series '06 (November 26) = King Booker lost the WWE Smackdown World Heavyweight Title to Batista.
- WWE Armageddon '06 (December 17) = King Booker & Finlay fell to WWE World Champion Batista & WWE Champion John Cena. Neither title was on the line.
- WWE Royal Rumble '07 (January 28) = King Booker competed in the Royal Rumble Match, which was won by the Undertaker.
- WWE No Way Out '07 (February 18) = King Booker was beaten by Kane.
- WWE Wrestlemania 23 (April 1, '07) = King Booker competed in the "Money In The Bank Ladder" Match, which was won by Mr. Kennedy.
- WWE Vengeance '07 (June 24) = King Booker lost a "Five-Way" Match to the WWE Champion, John Cena. Mick Foley, Bobby Lashley, and Randy Orton were the other participants.
- WWE Summerslam '07 (August 26) = King Booker was beaten by Triple H.
- TNA Genesis '07 (November 11) = Booker T (making his debut) & Sting fell to Kurt Angle & Kevin Nash. Angle's TNA World Heavyweight Title was on the line in the match.
- TNA Turning Point '07 (December 2) = Booker T & Frankie Kazarian defeated Christian Cage & Robert Roode.
- TNA Final Resolution '08 (January 6) = Booker T & Sharmell won over Robert Roode & Ms. Brooks.
- TNA Against All Odds '08 (February 10) = Booker T fought to a Double Countout with Robert Roode.
- TNA Destination X '08 (March 9) = Booker T lost a "Stand By Your Man Strap" Match to Robert Roode.
- TNA Lockdown '08 (April 13) = Booker T & Sharmell won a "Steel Cage" Match over Robert Roode & Ms. Banks.
- TNA Sacrifice '08 (May 11) = Booker T & Robert Roode lost in the quarter-finals of the Deuces Wild Tag-Team Titles Tournament to Christian Cage & Rhino. The Latin American Xchange won the tournament.
- TNA Slammiversary '08 (June 8) = Booker T lost a "King of the Mountain" Match to the TNA World Champion, Samoa Joe. Christian Cage, Rhino, and Robert Roode were the other participants.
- TNA Victory Road '08 (July 13) = Booker T fought to a No-Contest with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Samoa Joe.
- TNA Hard Justice '08 (August 10) = Booker T lost a "Six Sides of Steel Weapons" Match to the TNA World Heavyweight Champ, Samoa Joe.
- TNA Bound For Glory '08 (October 12) = Booker T won a "Three Way" Match over Christian Cage and AJ Styles.
- TNA Turning Point '08 (November 9) = Booker T retained the TNA Legends Title, beating Christian Cage. Cage had to join the Main Event Mafia due to the loss.
- TNA Final Resolution '08 (#2) (December 7, '08) = The Main Event Mafia (Booker T, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, & Sting) won over the Front Line (Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, & Team 3D). Sting's TNA World Title was on the line in the match.
- TNA Genesis '09 (January 11) = The Main Event Mafia (Booker T, Scott Steiner, & Cute Kip [subbing for an injured Kevin Nash]) lost a "Hardcore" Match to Mick Foley, AJ Styles, & Brother Devon.
- TNA Against All Odds '09 (February 8) = Booker T retained the TNA Legends Title, beating Shane Sewell.
- TNA Destination X '09 (March 15) = Booker T lost the TNA Legends Title to AJ Styles.
- TNA Lockdown '09 (April 19) = Team Angle (Booker T, Scott Steiner, Kurt Angle, & Kevin Nash) lost a "Lethal Lockdown" Match to Team Jarrett (Jeff Jarrett, Christopher Daniels, AJ Styles, & Samoa Joe).
- TNA Sacrifice '09 (May 24) = Booker T lost an "I Quit" Match to the TNA Legends Champion, AJ Styles.
- TNA Victory Road '09 (July 19) = The Main Event Mafia (Booker T & Scott Steiner) won the TNA World Tag-Team Titles, defeating Beer Money.
- TNA Hard Justice '09 (August 16) = The Main Event Mafia (Booker T & Scott Steiner) retained the TNA World Tag-Team Titles, winning a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match over Team 3-D.
- TNA No Surrender '09 (September 20) = The Main Event Mafia (Booker T & Scott Steiner) & the British Invasion lost a "Lethal Lockdown" Match to Beer Money & Team 3-D.
- TNA Bound For Glory '09 (October 18) = The Main Event Mafia (Booker T & Scott Steiner) competed in a "Four-Way Metal Mayhem Double Ladder" Match, where Team 3-D won the NJPW IWGP World Tag-Team Titles, and the British Invasion won the TNA World Tag-Team Titles. Beer Money was the other team participating.
- WWE Royal Rumble '11 (January 30) = Booker T competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Alberto Del Rio.
- WWE Tables, Ladders, & Chairs '11 (December 18) = Booker T lost to the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes.
- WWE Royal Rumble '12 (January 29) = Booker T competed in the "Royal Rumble" Match, which was won by Sheamus.
- WWE WrestleMania XXVIII (April 1, '12) = Team Teddy (Booker T, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, R-Truth, & The Great Khali) lost to Team Johnny (David Otunga, Mark Henry, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, & The Miz). Due to the loss, Teddy Long lost his Smackdown general manager position to John Laurinaitis.
- WWE WrestleMania 29 (April 7) = Booker T was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
- GWF Tag-Team Champion w/ Stevie Ray (7/31/1992 - 8/07/1992)
- GWF Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Stevie Ray (9/1992 - 10/23/1992)
- GWF Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Stevie Ray (2/26/1993 - 5/07/1993)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion w/ Stevie Ray (12/08/1994 - 5/21/1995)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Stevie Ray (6/24/1995 - 7/22/1995)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Stevie Ray (9/17/1995 - 9/18/1995)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Stevie Ray (9/27/1995 - 1/22/1996)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Stevie Ray (6/24/1996 - 7/24/1996)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(6) w/ Stevie Ray (7/27/1996 - 9/23/1996)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(7) w/ Stevie Ray (10/01/1996 - 10/27/1996)
- WCW World Television Champion (12/29/1997 - 2/16/1998)
- WCW World Television Champion(2) (2/22/1998 - 4/30/1998)
- WCW World Television Champion(3) (5/01/1998 - 5/02/1998)
- WCW World Television Champion(4) (5/03/1998 - 5/04/1998)
- WCW World Television Champion(5) (6/14/1998 - 8/10/1998)
- WCW World Television Champion(6) (3/14/1999 - 5/09/1999)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(8) w/ Stevie Ray (8/14/1999 - 8/23/1999)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(9) w/ Stevie Ray (9/12/1999 - 10/18/1999)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(10) w/ Stevie Ray (10/24/1999 - 10/25/1999)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion (7/09/2000 - 8/28/2000)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(2) (9/17/2000 - 9/25/2000)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(3) (10/02/2000 - 11/26/2000)
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion (3/18/2001 - 7/24/2001)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(4) (3/26/2001 - 7/24/2001)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(5) (7/30/2001 - 8/19/2001)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(11) w/ Test (9/25/2001 - 10/08/2001)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion w/ Test (10/30/2001 - 11/12/2001)
- WWF Hardcore Champion (5/04/2002)
- WWF Hardcore Champion(2) (5/04/2002)
- WWE Raw World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Goldust (12/15/2002 - 1/06/2003)
- WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion (7/07/2003 - 8/10/2003)
- WWE Raw World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Rob Van Dam (2/16/2004 - 3/22/2004)
- WWE United States Heavyweight Champion(2) (7/27/2004 - 10/03/2004)
- WWE United States Heavyweight Champion(3) (10/18/2005 - 11/22/2005)
- WWE United States Heavyweight Champion(4) (1/10/2006 - 2/19/2006)
- WWE Smackdown World Heavyweight Champion (7/23/2006 - 11/26/2006)
- TNA Legends Champion (10/23/2008 - 3/15/2009)
- TNA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Scott Steiner (7/19/2009 - 10/18/2009)
- SCW Florida Southern Heavyweight Champion (9/11/2010 - Current)
PWI Achievement Awards: (4 wins, 4 1st RUs, 8 2nd RUs, 1 3rd RU)
- 1995 Most Improved Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up (Harlem Heat)
- 1995 Feud of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Harlem Heat vs. Nasty Boys)
- 1995 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Harlem Heat vs. Nasty Boys)
- 1995 Tag-Team of the Year (Harlem Heat)
- 1996 Tag-Team of the Year (Harlem Heat)
- 1998 Most Improved Wrestler
- 1999 Tag-Team of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Harlem Heat)
- 2000 Most Inspirational Wrestler
- 2000 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Booker T vs. Jeff Jarrett)
- 2000 Wrestler of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2001 Comeback of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2001 Most Hated Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 2001 Feud of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Booker T vs. Rock)
- 2002 Tag-Team of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Bookdust)
- 2002 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2006 Most Hated Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 2009 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (The Main Event Mafia vs. The Front Line)