Wrestling By The Numbers: Booker T
World Wrestling Entertainment has announced the newest inductee joining the 2013 WWE Hall Of Fame Class will be current Smackdown General Manager Robert ‘Booker T.’ Huffman Jr.. The 48-year-old Houston Texas native is one of the most decorated in-ring performers in history having won 35-major championships while competing in World Wrestling Entertainment, Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling and TNA Wrestling. He was the most decorated wrestler in WCW history having won 21-titles with the organization. He is a former 5-Time WCW Champion and 1-Time WWE World Champion. Along with his brother Lane Huffman the duo was known as Harlem Heat and became one of the top tier tag-teams of the 1990’s. Huffman is a 24-year veteran in the professional wrestling industry having just retired from a full-time in-ring schedule last year. He originally made his debut back in 1989 after having been trained by Ivan Putski and Scott Casey.
Robert Huffman’s first professional match was while competing for Ivan Putski’s Western Wrestling Alliance. After teaming with his real life brother Lane Huffman and working on the Texas independent circuit, the duo were signed by the Global Wrestling Federation and spent the next 14-months splitting time between the GWF and the Network Of Wrestling organization in Japan. World Championship Wrestling signed both brothers in early 1993 and the tag-team became known as Harlem Heat. After competing in WCW for 5-years and becoming one of the top tag-teams in company history, Booker T. started competing as a singles competitor in 1997. In the year 2000 when WCW’s management was in disarray, he became one of the top talents in the organization and main evented until the company was sold to the WWE in 2001.
World Wrestling Entertainment took over Booker T.’s contract and brought him in as the WCW World Champion during the WCW/ECW invasion storyline as apart of the WWE’s purchase of the two organizations. Booker T. is the only wrestler in history to defend the WCW Championship in the main event of a WWE pay-per-view. Booker T. spent the next 6-years in the WWE and had huge main event success using his King Booker persona alongside Queen Sharmell. After disputing violations against the WWE’s Wellness Policy he and Sharmell were granted releases from the WWE in October of 2007.
TNA Wrestling signed both Booker T. and Sharmell in November of 2007 and the duo spent 2-years with the organization. They first feuded with Bobby Roode and later joined Sting, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner in a group known as The Main Event Mafia. After leaving TNA Booker T. worked in both Mexico and Puerto Rico before returning to the WWE in the 2011 Royal Rumble match and shortly after becoming a commentator on Smackdown. Since returning to the WWE Booker T. has occasionally returned to the ring and has been the on-air General Manager of Smackdown since July of last year. Robert ‘Booker T.’ Huffman Jr. joins Mick Foley, Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Trish Stratus and Donald Trump as inductees in the 2013 WWE Hall Of Fame Class.
Below we look at the career of Robert ‘Booker T.’ Huffman Jr. by the numbers…
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 58 Matches ( 24th Most All-Time ) on WWE Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 2001 Invasion With Diamond Dallas Page, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley & Rhyno Vs The Undertaker, Steve Austin, Kane, Kurt Angle & Chris Jericho Last Match: Wrestlemania XXVIII With The Great Khali, R-Truth, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston & Zack Ryder Vs Mark Henry, The Miz, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler & David Otunga)
* 18 Main Event Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 17 Events As A Commentator ( 10th Most All–Time) on WWE Pay-Per-View. (First Event: 2011 Elimination Chamber Last Event: 2012 Money In The Bank Commentating Partners: Michael Cole, Josh Matthews, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, R-Truth & Kofi Kingston)
* 131 Matches on WWE Raw.
* 23 Main Event Matches on WWE Raw.
* 139 Matches ( 14th Most All-Time ) on WWE Smackdown. (First Match: July 5th 2001 Vs Diamond Dallas Page Last Match: January 6th 2012 Vs Cody Rhodes)
* 48 Main Event Matches on WWE Smackdown.
* 1 Match on WWE Tribute To The Troops.
* 1 Match on WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event.
* 2 Matches on WWE ECW On Syfy.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE ECW On Syfy.
* 3 Matches on WWE Heat.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Heat.
* 1 Match ( 12th Most All-Time ) on WWE Super Tuesday. (Match: November 12th 2002 With Kane, Jeff Hardy, Bubba Ray Dudley & Rob Van Dam Vs Triple H., Chris Jericho, Christian, Rosey & Jamal)
* 1 Main Event Match ( 9th Most All-Time ) on WWE Super Tuesday. (Main Event Match: November 12th 2002 With Kane, Jeff Hardy, Bubba Ray Dudley, & Rob Van Dam Vs Triple H., Chris Jericho, Christian, Rosey & Jamal)
* 22 Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 6 Main Event Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 50 Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
* 21 Main Event Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling:
* 57 Matches ( 7th Most All-Time ) on WCW Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 1993 Fall Brawl With Sid Vicious, Vader & Kane Vs Sting, Dustin Rhodes, Davey Boy Smith & The Shockmaster Last Match: 2000 Greed Vs Rick Steiner)
* 8 Main Event Matches on WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 5 Matches on JCP/WCW Clash Of The Champions.
* 156 Matches ( Most All-Time ) on WCW Monday Nitro. (First Match: September 18th 1995 With Stevie Ray Vs Marcus Bagwell & Scotty Riggs Last Match: March 26th 2001 Vs Scott Steiner)
* 20 Main Event Matches on WCW Monday Nitro.
* 62 Matches ( 2nd Most All-Time ) on WCW Thunder. (First Match: January 29th 1998 Vs Perry Saturn Last Match: February 28th 2001 Vs Scott Steiner)
* 16 Main Event Matches ( 9th Most All-Time ) on WCW Thunder. (First Main Event Match: March 4th 1999 Vs Buff Bagwell Last Main Event Match: February 28th 2001 Vs Buff Bagwell)
* 108 Matches on JCP/WCW Saturday Night.
* 30 Main Event Matches on JCP/WCW Saturday Night.
Global Wrestling Federation:
11 Matches on GWF On ESPN.