Booker T gives his take on Johnny Knoxville getting Royal Rumble spot

Some fans had expressed concern that Knoxville would take someone's spot in the iconic 30-man Royal Rumble match.

Booker T in a file photo. (Image: Twitter)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Jan 7, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Booker T discussed Johnny Knoxville’s announcement for the Royal Rumble fight later this month on the latest episode of his Hall Of Fame podcast. People were divided by the announcement, but Booker has no idea why.

“I do not care about Johnny Knoxville wanting to be in the Royal Rumble,” he admitted. “I don’t know why people are in an uproar about it, it’s the Rumble. It’s pro wrestling, let’s have some fun more than anything. Someone like Johnny Knoxville, star power being at the Royal Rumble. Even him just saying he’s going to be in the Rumble, or declaring himself as a participant in the Royal Rumble. I hope a whole lot of other stars do the exact same thing.”

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Some fans had expressed concern that Knoxville would take someone’s spot in the Rumble match. Booker T, on the other hand, indicated that he doesn’t understand what that word means, saying that back in the day, wrestlers were looking for anything that would attract more attention.

‘Don’t know what that means’

“I really don’t know what that means,” he said. “‘Taking somebody’s spot.’ Well, what does that really mean, and if they can explain it? Taking somebody’s spot as far as, they’re not going to get a cheque? Taking somebody’s spot as far as that guy is not getting the spotlight tonight.”

Booker T also questioned who is taking Knoxville’s place. The Hall of Famer stated that pro wrestling should always have crossover appeal, claiming that it wouldn’t be pro wrestling if it didn’t.

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“My thing is this, there’s 30 spots, okay. Whose spot is it? What guy? Are we talking about one of the NXT guys or what? I’m trying to figure this out because there’s only 30 guys that can be in this thing,” Booker said. “Hopefully, we bring some nostalgia in there because that’s what the Rumble has always been about.

“Bringing some guy from the past like myself, a guy like Kevin Nash,” he added. “It’s cool, it’s one of those types of deals but I think the business should always be embellished to the point where we bring in crossover appeal to what we are doing. It would not be pro wrestling, or sports entertainment if we did the opposite.”

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