Booker T: Vince McMahon Hired Sharmell Because I Wanted To Leave WWE

Booker T and Sharmell got married in 2005

Booker T has revealed that Vince McMahon offered to hire his wife, Sharmell, when he told him he was thinking about leaving WWE to spend more time with her. 

The WWE Hall Of Famer has recalled he wanted to 'step back' from the promotion to spend more time with his family after he and Sharmell got married in 2005. However, WWE Chairman McMahon offered instead to give Sharmell a job so she could be on the road with her husband. 

The hiring eventually led to the 'King Booker' gimmick and Booker T becoming World Heavyweight Champion.

Speaking on 'Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw', Booker recalled: "I was at that point where it was time for me to slow down. Sharmell and I had just gotten married. I went through a divorce and I know what it’s like being on the road, and just for instance, having a family.

"I told Vince that I was going to take a step back from the company. He said, ‘Why would you want to do that?’ I said, ‘I think it would be best for my relationship, just getting married and whatnot.’ He said, ‘Why don’t we just hire Sharmell?’ I went in to quit and he’s talking about hiring Sharmell. That kind of solved the whole problem.

"I tell you, I did not imagine it working out the way it did. The King Booker thing, I think that evolved because of Sharmell, being a former Miss Black Miss America, as well as being my Queen. I’ve always called her my queen. In front of all my friends, she’s my queen. I think they thought, ‘Why don’t we do the King of the Ring and make Booker the King and have a King and Queen.’

"I give her all the credit for making that happen.  I’ll tell you this. I couldn’t have been the King that I was without Queen Sharmell. It would have never worked out."


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