Cody Rhodes picked the wrong man to anger in Booker T
What was Cody Rhodes thinking?
On the Nov. 21 Raw SuperShow, after defeating Santino Marella, the Intercontinental Champion confronted the former Superstar turned announcer, Booker T, taking umbrage with months of the former King of the Ring’s comments regarding Rhodes’ use of his protective mask as a weapon. The fact of the matter is Booker always added that the second-generation Superstar was talented enough not to have to resort to such tactics.
This was arguably an unbiased and complimentary assessment of the Intercontinental Champion’s in-ring abilities; questioning only his attitude. The ringside incident ended shockingly when the reigning Intercontinental Champion threw water in the face of the former six-time WCW and WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
As a second-generation Superstar and son of WWE Hall of Famer, Dusty Rhodes, one would think Cody would be a better student of ring history. Booker hasn’t been removed from full-time competition long enough that anyone should be arrogant or foolish enough to forget who Booker T really is.
Well before beginning his new role as an announcer and even prior to his spectacular singles career, Booker T and his brother Stevie Ray won an unparalleled 10 WCW World Tag Team Championships, defeating top-tier teams like The Steiner Brothers, Sting & Lex Luger and Kevin Nash & Scott Hall.
Following a falling out with his brother, Booker began building his own legacy and became a WCW Triple Crown Champion, winning the World Television, United States and World Heavyweight Championship. In fact, the versatile mat master won a total of 23 WCW titles, making him the most decorated competitor in the history of the organization and was both the United States Champion and World Heavyweight Champion when WWE purchased WCW in 2001.
Booker made an immediate impact in WWE, interfering in the main event of the 2001 King of the Ring pay-per-view event, hopping over the guard rail and putting then-WWE Champion, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin through the announcers’ table. Spinaroonies aside, Booker T would then spend more than six years competing in countless main events against the likes of Austin, The Rock, Edge, Triple H, The Undertaker and John Cena.
This is truly the résumé a future member of the WWE Hall of Fame and someone with a wealth of experience. Forget Booker’s funny “Fave Five.” Rhodes should be worried about being atop another ranking; Booker T’s hit list.
Can you dig that, Cody?