On the latest episode of his Hall of Fame podcast, WWE's Booker T discusses IMPACT superstar Tessa Blanchard's world title victory over Sami Callihan at Sunday's Hard To Kill pay per view in Dallas. Although a big fan of Blanchard, Booker believes this is the worst idea in the history of professional wrestling, and will only further devalue the company.
I mean this is the worst idea in the history of wrestling. It really is and to throw it out there like that, it’s the only way it can really be thrown out. It makes me question and wonder if somebody trying is trying to blow this thing up on purpose? It’s like somebody saying, ‘Man, let’s see how bad we can mess this up.’ You know what I’m saying?
He then talks about the domino effect the decision to strap the men's title on Blanchard could have for the rest of the roster.
Well my thing is this, okay, if Tessa Blanchard goes back and wrestles the women, she should be able to beat all of them. Now the woman that beat her, she’d be able to go out and beat the men too. The crossover of intergender wrestling is something that’s for independent companies, okay? If they want to be looked at as an indy group, keep doing stuff like this.
He continues...using a fictional scenario between former Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey and the current UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones as an example.
I don’t think this is what empowering women is what it really is meant to be, you know what I mean? I really don’t think so. Because I’m not saying that that Ronda Rousey is not a tough woman, but you put Ronda Rousey in there with Jon Jones and you watch what happens to her. You put her in there with the lower-level men and watch what happens to her. Or Amanda Nunez,” Booker said. “You don’t want to start want to playing and blurring those types of lines when it comes to performance especially when a man and a woman these days, you know, normally when a man hits a woman, he goes to jail. Okay? And I don’t want to see no man put a hand on my sisters, alright? Even as tough as my sisters are, I’m not fitting to have that and to actually see it play out and someone think that this is a good idea for television? For a man and a women to be fighting? It’s ridiculous.
Check out his full thoughts below. (H/T and transcribed by WrestleZone)