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Booker T Unhappy With SmackDown Live Segment Involving The New Day, Calls it One of the “Worst Moments” for African Americans

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On last week’s episode of SmackDown Live, The New Day was involved in a segment with the Usos, demanding that they get a title shot. During the segment, Big E started talking, and was cut off after stating, “We comin’ for you!” This was obviously a pun on Booker T’s infamous promo which started with the same line and ended with the “n word.”

On his recent Heated Conversations podcast, Booker T shared his thoughts on the segment.


“I just want publicly make it known that I don’t condone that at all. Especially coming off of Monday night. We as a people, we gotta know when it’s time to speak up and when it’s time to shut up. My mother told me that a long time ago. And if you don’t know, you know, it’ll come back to haunt you. Me saying that, it’s haunted me for many years. Still. So, you put yourself in a situation for something to happen.

“Just like Mike Tyson did, I say that all the time. For these young kids to realize and speak up for themselves… but then again, I spoke up for myself because I was talent. That’s the difference. I spoke up because I knew I could speak up. More than anything, I implore these people out there to know exactly what they’re doing, and how they are affecting the next generation of young people growing up. That’s the most important thing as far as I’m concerned.

“And me personally, I know I’ve made mistakes. That word that I said on national television in front of the world, I wish I could go back and erase it. I wish that I could take it back, I wish that WWE would never do stuff like that ever again and left something like that happen.

“Me personally, like I said, I don’t appreciate it. I don’t know if [WWE] knew that the parody was gonna go down, because I knew [The New Day] write and do a lot of their own stuff. But I just don’t think that we as a company need to go that route. I think that parody should have never been shown on television, because it wasn’t a great moment for us as black people. For us as black people, it was one of our worst moments.”

If any of this transcription is used, please credit the Heated Conversations podcast via WrestleZone.