Women's wrestling still remains a very sensitive topic in 2022, because, despite the enormous progress made compared to a few years ago, there is still a lot to work on, both from the companies and from the fans. During the latest installment of the Hall Of Fame podcast, Booker T spoke about fans complaining that Lita is taking a seat in the Royal Rumble.
The former world champion said he would definitely choose her over a young star because Lita is simply more relevant. "The thing is if there is a vacancy and there are two people available, and one of them was one of the young talents on the roster and the other talent was Lita, I'm taking Lita," he said.
"Because that young one girl still has a lot of years to really build up to that point, to really make an impact by getting into that Rumble, instead of just being in the Rumble."
Booker T on the women's division
According to many, Charlotte Flair's participation in the Royal Rumble match is the consequence of the fact that at this moment there are no worthy opponents to send against her for the title and Booker T is of the same opinion.
"Think about it, if you were booking the Rumble, who would you play Charlotte against? That's the question. Sasha is out for 4-6 weeks, Becky's in a storyline. You can throw Naomi in, but why are you throwing Noami in, just to get a match? You find Bianca Belair and say: 'Maybe we throw her in there? But does she win, or lose?' I think we're in a situation right now where a lot of women are gone, man.
Due to pregnancy, injury, whatever it may be. Two years ago there was no such concern in the women's locker room. We would have had an opponent for Charlotte Flair right now. I don't think it would have been a problem at the time.
But now, I think you have to ask yourself if you put it on paper, who did you put it against, and then why did you put it against that person? And then what do we do in that meeting to try to hold that person back? Then we know what we have to do with Charlotte.
I think we need to figure out how to rebuild the women's roster and make it as relevant as it was a couple of years ago." Booker T has opened up about a groin injury he suffered in a match with Matt Hardy during his first run with WWE, which he felt should not have happened.
"That night I questioned WWE. I said, 'Why the hell am I out here wrestling Matt Hardy?' I got a tournament going on here (laughs). I took a hip toss and I heard something pop. It was literally, like, I thought I broke my hip.
I remember I went to get up and I lay down and I was in so much pain I told Matt Hardy, 'I can't go.' I tried to get up again and back down."