Biography of Wrestling Superstar Booker T

Booker T
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Booker T used wrestling to turn his life around as he has gone from the big house to the WWE Hall of Fame.  He was one of the lone bright spots of the dying days of World Championship Wrestling and built upon that success when he entered WWE and became the King of that company.  He is a five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, one-time World Heavyweight Champion for WWE, and the most successful WWE King of this century.

The Beginning

Booker Tio Huffman was born on May 1, 1965, in Houston, Texas.  In 1987, he was arrested for robbing a Wendy's and served 19 months in prison.  With his brother Stevie Ray (Lance Huffman), they made their wrestling debuts in 1989.  They wrestled in the Global Wrestling Federation as the Ebony Experience.  He is currently married to Sharmell Sullivan, a former WCW Nitro Girl.

Harlem Heat

Booker T and Stevie Ray made their WCW debut in 1993.  Originally, WCW wanted them to be led to the ring by chains by their "owner" Col. Parker.  Thankfully, that idea was scrapped and they were known as Harlem Heat.  Their original WCW names were Kane & Kole, but they were quickly changed back to Booker T & Stevie Ray.  They dominated the tag team scene until 1996 when Booker T became a solo wrestler.

TV Title & The Letter T

In 1997, Booker T got his first real run as a singles wrestler.  In a memorable feud, he won a best-of-7 match series with Chris Benoit to win the TV title.

  At the end of 1998, he suffered a knee injury.  When he returned, he regained the tag team title with his brother.  They eventually broke up and Big T (Ahmed Johnson) took Booker T's place in the team. They feuded over the letter T.

Misfits in Action

In 2000, Booker T was renamed GI Bro and joined the Misfits in Action.

  Then out of nowhere at Bash at the Beach 2000, he became WCW World Heavyweight Champion.  That night, Hulk Hogan was scheduled to fight Jeff Jarrett, but there were political issues going on and Jarrett laid down for Hogan. Vince Russo cut a scathing promo on Hogan and then stripped him of the title. Hogan left WCW and sued over the incident. Later that night, Booker T beat Jeff Jarrett to win the title.

Death of WCW

In the dying days of WCW, Booker T was one of the few bright spots. He became a main eventer and on the final night of WCW, was crowned World Champion. He then was one of the leaders of the Invasion of the WWE and feuded with the Rock. He would go on to be a 5-time WCW champion before the belt was retired.

All Hail King Booker

Since entering the WWE in 2001, Booker T was a big star in the WWE.  He was always been in the running for a title and has a very impressive title resume.  He was in a world title match at WrestleMania 19.  In 2006, he burst into the main event scene by winning the King of the Ring.  While King, he beat Rey Mysterio at the 2006 Great American Bash to win the World Heavyweight Championship.  The highlight of his title reign was when he beat WWE Champion John Cena and ECW Champion Big Show in the Champion of Champions Match.

TNA

In spring of 2007, Booker was drafted to RAW. After serving a suspension for his involvement with the Signature Pharmacy scandal, both he and his wife were released from the WWE. In the fall of 2007, he made his TNA debut as Sting's mystery partner at TNA:Genesis. He would later go onto become a member of The Main Event Mafia which was led by Kurt Angle. He left the company in 2009.

Hall of Fame

Booker T returned to WWE in 2011 as a commentator.  In 2013, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

WCW, WWE & TNA Title Victory History

WCW
WCW Title

  • 7/9/00 Bash at the Beach - Jeff Jarrett

  • 9/17/00 Fall Brawl - Kevin Nash

  • 10/2/00 - Jeff Jarrett

  • 3/26/01 Final Nitro - Scott Steiner

  • 7/30/01 - Kurt Angle

WCW Tag Team Title - all with Stevie Ray as part of Harlem Heat unless otherwise stated

  • 12/8/94 - Marcus Bagewell & The Patriot

  • 6/24/95 - The Nasty Boys

  • 9/17/95 Fall Brawl - Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater

  • 9/27/95 - Marcus Bagwell & Scotty Riggs

  • 6/24/96 - Sting & Lex Luger

  • 7/27/96 - The Steiner Brothers

  • 10/1/96 - The Public Enemy

  • 8/14/99 Road Wild - Bam Bam Bigelow & Kanyon

  • 9/12/99 Fall Brawl - Barry & Kendall Windham

  • 10/24/99 Halloween Havoc - beat Konnan & Billy Kidman, and Brian Knobs & Hugh Morris

  • 9/25/01 - with Test beat Kane & The Undertaker

U.S. Title

  • 3/18/01 Greed - Rick Steiner

TV Title

  • 12/29/97 - Disco Inferno

  • 2/22/98 Super Brawl - Rick Martel

  • 5/1/98 - Chris Benoit

  • 5/3/98 - Chris Benoit

  • 6/14/98 Great American Bash - Fit Finlay

  • 3/14/99 Uncensored - Scott Steiner

WWE
World Heavyweight Champion

  • 7/23/06 Great American Bash - Rey Mysterio

U.S. Title

  • 7/29/04 - beat RVD, John Cena, Rene Dupree, Billy Gunn, & Kenzo Suzuki
  • 10/21/05 - Chris Benoit
  • 1/13/06 - Chris Benoit (Randy Orton substituted for Booker T)

Intercontinental Title

  • 7/7/03 - Christian

World Tag Team Titles

  • 11/1/01 - with Test beat The Rock & Chris Jericho
  • 12/15/02 Armageddon - with Goldust beat Christian & Chris Jericho, The Dudley Boyz, & William Regal & Lance Storm
  • 2/16/04 - with RVD beat Ric Flair & Batista

TNA
Legends Champion

  • 10/3/08 iMPACT! - declared himself the first Legends Champion

Tag Team Championship

  • 7/19/09 Victory Road - w/Scott Steiner beat Beer Money Inc

(Sources: PWI Almanac, Death of WCW, WWE.com & Onlineworldofwrestling.com)