Booker T Initially Didn’t Want To Do A&E Documentary
“I didn't want anyone to tell the story other than myself and I didn't know if I was ready yet”
A&E and WWE’s recent spate of documentaries have highlighted some of the biggest names in WWE history such as Steve Austin and Randy Savage. The most recent episode focused on former WCW and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Booker T, but Booker initially didn’t want to go ahead with the show.
Taking to his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker revealed how a conversation with director George Roy changed his mind;
"I turned the process down when they first approached me. I didn't want anyone to tell the story other than myself and I didn't know if I was ready yet. I had to trust George Roy, who put it together, and I didn't know him. It's hard to trust someone you don't know. He came to me and said, 'I promise I'm going to do it right.' There was something about him that made me feel comfortable about doing it. That's how the project started.”
The show hit many touch-points of Booker’s career, and the process was inspired by Booker’s own book;
“He [George Roy] read the book and had a vision from reading the book on how he wanted it to play out, the areas he wanted to hit, the story he wanted to create to make the fans feel a certain way. It had a lot of high spots and kick outs. I think that's what his approach was. I didn't want it to be a car crash and I didn't want to sensationalise hanging out with ladies of the night or doing drugs, but it was something that had to be heard. For him to tell the story was class, he was the perfect guy to create the story."