Oct 24, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Robert Booker Teo Huffman
Weight: 250 lbs.
Date of birth: March 1, 1965
From: Harlem, NY
Pro debut: March 1, 1990
Trained by: Scott Casey
Finishing move: Book End
Audio: Booker T plugs GERWECK.NET
– Huffman trained for six months to become a pro wrestler.
– Booker T debuted as G.I. Bro for Ivan Putski’s Houston based indy promotion.
– Booker T and his brother Stevie Ray became a tag team in the Texas-based WWA promotion. The duo stayed in the territory for three years.
– While in Texas, Booker T feuded with Tiger Conway Jr.
– Booker T and Stevie Ray moved to the Global Wrestling Federation, and were managed by Gary Hart. The team received the name “The Ebony Experience.”
– The Ebony Experience beat Stevie Dane and Gary Young for the GWF Tag Team title on July 31, 1992.
– The Ebony Experience claimed their second GWF Tag Team title in September 1992, and their third on February 26, 1993 from Bad Breed (Ian and Axl Rotten).
– Booker T and Stevie Ray made their WCW debut on July 7, 1993, teaming with Sid Vicious in a six man tag match.
– Harlem Heat captured their first WCW World Tag Team title on December 8, 1994, defeating The Patriot and Marcus Alexander Bagwell in Atlanta, GA.
– After dropping the title to the Nasty Boys, Harlem Heat regained the belts on June 24, 1995.
– Harlem Heat won the WCW Tag Team title at Fall Brawl 1995, defeating “Dirty” Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck.
– Their third title only lasted one day, but the duo regained the tag team title nine days later from Bagwell and Scotty Riggs.
– On the June 24, 1996 “Nitro,” Harlem Heat overcome Lex Luger and Sting to capture their fifth WCW Tag Team title.
– Three days after losing the tag team title to the Steiner brothers, Harlem Heat regained the straps three nights later on July 27, 1996.
– Booker T and Stevie Ray over powered Public Enemy to capture their seventh WCW tag team title on October 1, 1996 in Canton, OH.
– When Stevie Ray went down with an injury, Booker T tried his luck in singles competition. He pinned the Disco Inferno for the WCW Television title on “Nitro,” December 29, 1997.
– Rick Martel relieved Booker T of the TV title at SuperBrawl, but Booker T regained the championship on February 22, 1998.
– On June 14, 1998, David “Fit” Finlay fell victim to Booker T, as the master of the Harlem Hangover regained the Television title in Indianapolis, IN.
– Booker T beat “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner for his sixth WCW Television title at Uncensored on March 14, 1999 in Louisville, KY.
– Harlem Heat defeated Bam Bam Bigelow and Kanyon for the WCW World Tag Team title at the 1999 Road Wild.
– Harlem Heat beat Barry and Kendall Windham at the 1999 Fall Brawl in Winston-Salem, NC for the WCW World Tag Team title.
– When the Filthy Animals were stripped of the WCW Tag Team belts due to an injury suffered by Rey Mysterio Jr., the title was put up in a three-way dance at the 1999 Halloween Havoc. Harlem Heat claimed their tenth WCW World Tag Team title defeating Hugh Morrus and Brian Knobs and Konnan and Kidman.
– Kidman and Booker T (with Torrie Wilson) defeated Harlem 2000 (Ray and Big T) at Uncensored 2000.
– On the May 23, 2000 “Thunder” taping, Booker T reverted back to G.I. Bro and joined the Misfits in Action.
– As G.I. Bro, Booker T defeated Shawn Stasiak at the 2000 Great American Bash in a Boot Camp match in Baltimore, MD.
– On the June 19, 2000 episode of “Nitro,” Huffman removed his G.I. Bro attire and became Booker T once again.
– At the Bash at the Beach in Daytona Beach, FL, Booker T defeated Jeff Jarrett for the WCW title.
– On the July 24, 2000 edition of “Nitro,” Booker T successfully defended the WCW title against Goldberg.
– At New Blood Rising in Vancouver, Booker T defeated Jarrett to retain the WCW title.
– On the September 4, 2000 episode of “Nitro,” Booker T defeated his brother Stevie Ray under the orders of Vince Russo in a qualifying match for the War Games 2000 match.
– At Fall Brawl 2000, Booker T defeated Kevin Nash in a steel cage match for his second WCW title.
– After dropping the WCW title to Vince Russo, Booker T regained the strap on the October 2, 2000 edition of “Nitro,” defeating Jarrett in a 49ers match.
– At Halloween Havoc, Booker T successfully defended the WCW title against Scott Steiner.
– On November 16, 2000, Booker T again successfully defended the WCW title against Steiner at the German only PPV “Millennium Final.”
– In a match against Scott Steiner at Mayhem 2000, Booker T suffered an injured sternum.
– Following an extended absence from television, Booker T returned to “Nitro” on February 26, 20001 with a new hairstyle.
– Booker T, thanks to outside interference from Shane Douglas, defeated Rick Steiner for the United States title at WCW’s Greed PPV in Jacksonville, FL.
– On the final “Nitro” on TNT (March 26, 2001), Booker T pinned Scott Steiner for the WCW World Heavyweight title in Panama City, FL.
– Booker T signed with the WWF after the company purchased WCW.
– Booker T made his WWF debut at the 2001 King of the Ring, slamming “Stone Cold” Steve Austin through the Spanish announcer’s table.
– On July 1, 2001, Booker T pinned Buff Bagwell to retain the WCW title at a WWF house show in Spokane, WA.
– Booker T pinned Kurt Angle in the first ever interpromotional match between the WWF and WCW on the July 9, 2001 episode of “Raw” in Atlanta, GA.
– At Invasion, Team WCW/ECW (Booker T, DDP, the Dudley’s, and Rhyno) defeated Team WWF (Austin, Angle, Undertaker, Kane, and Chris Jericho) in the Inaugural Brawl.
– On the July 30, 2001 edition of “Raw” in Philadelphia, PA, Booker T pinned Kurt Angle to regain the WCW title.
– At the “Smackdown” taping on September 25, 2001 in Dayton, OH, Booker T and Test defeated The Undertaker and Kane for the WCW World Tag Team title.
– At the “Smackdown” taping on October 30, 2001 in Cincinnati, OH, Booker T and Test defeated Chris Jericho and the Rock for the WWF World Tag Team title.
– Booker T was Mr. McMahon’s personal guest on the December 10, 2001 edition of “Raw.” Later in the show, Booker T interfered in the Jericho-Austin world title match, allowing Y2J to retain the championship.
– At the December 18, 2001 “Smackdown” taping in New Orleans, LA, Booker T defeated Austin in a “first blood” match.
– On the May 13, 2002 edition of “Raw,” Booker T was appointed by Ric Flair as the newest member of the New World Order (nWo).
– At Unforgiven ’02 in LA, CA, Booker T, Goldust, Kane, and Bubba Ray Dudley defeated the Un-Americans (Lance Storm, Christian, William Regal, and Test).
– At Armageddon ’02 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Booker T and Goldust defeated Christian and Chris Jericho, the Dudley Boyz, and Storm and Regal in a four corners match to win the World Tag Team title.
– On the July 7, 2003 edition of “Raw,” Booker T defeated Christian in Montreal to capture the Intercontinental title.
– Booker T defeated Mark Henry at the 2003 Armageddon PPV.
– On the February 16, 2004 edition of “Raw,” Booker T and Rob Van Dam defeated Ric Flair and Dave Batista in Bakersville, CA to capture the World Tag Team title.
– At Wrestlemania XX in New York, NY, Booker T and Van Dam defeated the Dudley Boyz, Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak, and La Resistance to retain the World Tag Team title.
– On March 23, 2004, Booker T and the Dudley Boyz were traded to the “Smackdown” roster in exchange for Triple H.
– At the July 27, 2004 “Smackdown” taping in Cincinnati, OH, Booker T won an 8-man elimination match to capture the U.S. title.
– On February 5, 2005, Booker T married former Nitro girl Sharmell Sullivan in Gary, IN.
– At Judgment Day ’05, Booker T pinned Kurt Angle.
– At the Great American Bash ’05, Booker T defeated Christian.
– On the October 21, 2005 edition of “Smackdown,” Booker T, with the help of his wife Sharmell, defeated Chris Benoit to regain the United States title for the third time.
– At Survivor Series ’05, Booker T defeated Chris Benoit in the first match in a best of seven series to determine the United States champion.
– Despite being injured, Booker T (thanks to Randy Orton) won the best of 7 series, 4-3, to reclaim the U.S. title at the January 10, 2006 Smackdown tapings in Philadelphia, PA.
– At Judgment Day ’06, Booker T defeated Bobby Lashley to win the 2006 King of the Ring tournament.
– At the Great American Bash ’06 in Indianapolis, IN, King Booker defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. to capture the World Heavyweight title.
– King Booker defeated Finlay, Batista, and Bobby Lashley in a “fatal four way” match to retain the World Heavyweight title at No Mercy 2006.
– At Cyber Sunday ’06, Booker T defeated John Cena and The Big Show to retain the World title.
– On the June 11, 2007 edition of Raw, King Booker (and Queen Sharmell) was drafted to the Raw roster.
– WWE released Booker T and wife Sharmell on October 16, 2007.
– Booker T debuted in TNA at the Genesis ’07 PPV.
– At Final Resolution ’08, Booker T and Sharmell defeated Robert Roode and Miss Brooks.
– At Lockdown ’08, Booker T and Sharmell defeated Roode and Payton Banks.
– Booker T (with Sharmell) defeated Christian Cage and AJ Styles at Bound for Glory IV.
– On October 23, 2008, Booker T declared himself the TNA Legends champion.
– At Turning Point ’08, Booker T defeated Christian Cage, forcing Cage to join the Main Event Mafia.
– The Main Event Mafia (Booker T, Sting, Kevin Nash, and Scott Steiner) defeated The TNA Frontline (AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Brother Ray and Brother Devon) at Final Resolution ’08 on December 7th.
– At Against All Odds ’09, Booker T defeated Shane Sewell.
– At Victory Road ’09 in Orlando, FL, Booker T and Scott Steiner defeated Beer Money (Robert Roode and James Storm) to capture the TNA World Tag Team titles.
– At Hard Justice ’09, Booker T and Steiner defeated Team 3D to retain the TNA World Tag Team titles.
– After returning to WWE at the 2011 Royal Rumble, Booker T joined the Smackdown announcing team.
– On August 31, 2011, Booker T was voted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame.
– In 2012, Booker T replaced Teddy Long as Smackdown General Manager.
– On April 6, 2013, Booker T was inducted into WWE’s hall of fame in New York, NY.