Booker T Reveals His Surprise WWE Royal Rumble Appearance Came Together At The Last Minute

Always bring your gear, sucka!

Booker T has revealed that his entry in the 2023 Men's Royal Rumble was a last-minute surprise. 

The two-time WWE Hall of Famer noted on his The Hall of Fame podcast that it came together during the Rumble kickoff show, saying: 

"I was sitting at the table at the Kickoff show and I got a text message and it was the invite telling me, 'Book, you're in the Rumble' and me, I'm old school dog, I'm old school. I went down in a Winnebago, right? So something told me, bring your gear, alright? Make sure you’re ready just so you don’t have to get ready or stay ready and boom, there it was. The text message came through and I said, okay, here we go. 

"Just like when I won the World Title, my first World Title, I had about ten minutes to warm up. So that's what happened. I wasn't warmed up, I went out to the ring cold. I didn't have that gloss, I didn't have the shine on me. I wasn't lathered up, you know what I mean? And ready to go. I didn't get to jump rope for 45 minutes to get the heart rate up, get the blood flowing, get the blood pumping…I would've won that damn Rumble if I would've just been able to prepare properly. That last-minute text message definitely slowed me down a lil bit".

Booker entered the match at number 21 and lasted 42 seconds, before being eliminated by GUNTHER. 

H/T POST Wrestling

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