“Look at Guys Like Daniel Bryan, CM Punk” – Booker T Urges WWE Superstars to Explore Other Options After Release

Published 07/15/2021, 9:45 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 30: WWE Wrestler Booker T attends WWE’s 4th annual WrestleMania art exhibit and auction at The Egyptian Ballroom at Fox Theatre on March 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)


After getting released from WWE, Aleister Black showed up in AEW as Malakai Black within 30 days. Fellow released superstars like Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Mickie James are also moving on. WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has made some interesting observations on the situation.

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From the beginning, Booker has encouraged released superstars to find newer opportunities. On the latest episode of the Hall of Fame podcast, the Hall of Famer reiterated those feelings.

“It is so much life after a WWE career. It’s not even funny but people just get caught up on the clickbait,” he said while talking about too much focus on the releases. “If I get fired from one job, I’m going to another one. It’s why I left WCW.”

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Booker said if he did not end up in WWE back in the day, he would have gone anywhere in the world. “I would have been working and making money in this business if I would have never gone to WWE and that’s what people need to understand.”

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Booker T says there are a lot of opportunities in the pro wrestling industry

As he said earlier, there are a lot of opportunities in relatively non-mainstream promotions like ROH. Booker name-dropped various WWE icons to prove his point.

It is plentiful out there in the world of professional wrestling right now. You can make a career on the Independent Scene alone if you are good enough. I’m not jiving, I say that because look at guys like Bryan Danielson (now known as Daniel Bryan), look at guys like Samoa Joe, look at guys like CM Punk.

“Those guys were working on the indie scenes and they were paying their bills once upon a time,” Booker continued. “I can’t speak as an expert on the independent scene because I didn’t really work the Independent scene a whole lot. I did a few independent shows.”

However, Booker never needed to struggle as much as he got ‘discovered’ within six months. Yes, he is happy to see the released superstars getting into new opportunities.

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Who are you looking forward to seeing next? Let us know in the comments below.

If any quotes are used from this article, please credit the Hall of Fame podcast and add a H/T to EssentiallySports for the transcription.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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