In the illustrious history of WWE, few scenes remain as vividly in fan memory as that of Booker T, the revered two-time Hall of Famer, taking an unforgettable Stinkface from the iconic Rikishi. In a recent episode of "The Hall of Fame" podcast, Booker T he opened up about his personal experience of that distinctive night on "WWE SmackDown" in 2002 when he found himself at the receiving end of Rikishi's notorious move.
The Stinkface, a classic move by Rikishi, entailed the hefty 425-pound Samoan superstar knocking his opponent into the corner, then hoisting his trunks to an almost unimaginable height to vigorously rub his posterior against the adversary's face.
This move had the six-time world champion, Booker T, on the receiving end - an incident he described with a hearty laugh, "It wasn't one of my greatest moments, I could say that."
Booker T on Taking Stinkface
Despite the hilarity, Booker T underscored the element of professionalism inherent in wrestling.
"In a situation like that, you just gotta do it. It's part of what we do. It's wrestling. It's entertaining the fans. I tried my best, held my breath, tilted the head to the side, and just took it, you know?" he explained to his co-host Brad Gilmore.
Yet, Booker T was keen to clarify he's "only glad it happened to me once in my career because it's not something you want to be remembered for." He shrugged it off as "taking one for the business," demonstrating a remarkable team spirit and dedication to the wrestling community.
Moreover, despite Booker's overtly disgusted reaction - one of the most memorable facial expressions in wrestling history -he was not concerned about any potential damage to his reputation or face. Booker viewed the situation as simply part of his character's story: "It's just about that's this character.
You get him over, go out and make the other guy shine, and we move on." He praised Rikishi as a safe worker in the ring, emphasizing, "It's just part of the business."