WWE Hall of Famer Booker T held a live Q&A at Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Rager Wrestling Cruise a few weeks ago. The former five-time world champion discussed a multitude of topics, most notably his epic grocery store brawl with the Rattlesnake, Steve Austin. Booker calls the chemistry between himself and Austin “magic,” and reveals that they were able to capture that legendary WWE moment with one camera take.
It was magic, as far as two guys going out there. That’s what we were able to do back then, better than anyone, and that was to go out there and improvise, and more importantly, have fun. We did that (grocery store brawl) with no lighting setup. We had one camera. We looked over the store and said ‘Action.’ We must have done, I don’t know, $10-15 thousand in damage. If they did that same shot today, they would have to rehearse it for a couple of days. They would have a lighting crew in there. The would have three to four cameras and they would have to edit it. Steve Austin and I, we did it in one take and we created some magic.
Booker would later be asked why the angle never led to a pay per view matchup between himself and Austin, a question Booker didn’t have the answer to.
You know, I can’t say why they didn’t do it or anything. I must honestly say, I never got caught up into what the office was doing or anything. I never got caught up in storylines and whatnot. I must say, of all my active years in the wrestling business, I’ve never gone up to a producer or a writer and said ‘Hey, what do you think of this idea?’ Not one time…It’s all been entertainment to me. It’s all been about giving you guys everything.
Check out the full Q&A in the video below. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)