The Balls showed up on Raw last week and it was a chaotic affair, to say the least. It resulted in one of WWE’s guests spouting the N-word and there was a ton of backlash because of it. WWE immediately separated themselves from the ordeal and said it didn’t match with their moral stance because they didn’t want to touch a topic like that with a ten-foot poll.
Even though WWE didn’t want anything to do with the statements made on the previous night The New Day still came out and pulled one of their usual topical shenanigans the next night on SmackDown Live. Big E nearly recreated Booker T’s faux pas when he dropped the N-bomb toward Hulk Hogan on pay-per-view back in the day.
Booker T had some thoughts about New Day’s parody of his famous mistake at Spring Stampede 1997 on Heated Conversations With Booker T.
“I just want to make it publicly 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 taught me that a long time ago. If you don’t know, it’ll come back and haunt you. [The WCW promo blooper] has haunted me for this many years. You put yourself in a situation for something to happen, just like Mike Tyson did, something can happen.”
“For these young kids to understand and realize and be able to speak up for themselves…you know…then again, I spoke up because I was talent. I spoke up because I knew that I could speak up. I implore these young people out there to know exactly what they’re doing and how they are affecting our young people that are coming up. That’s the most important thing as far as I’m concerned. 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 something like that ever again.”
Booker’s co-host asked him what he thought about WWE approving The New Day’s segment in the first place and he was candid in his response.
“Me personally, I don’t appreciate it. I don’t know if [WWE] knew that the parody was gonna go down because I know those guys do a lot of their own stuff. I don’t think that we as a company need to go that route. I think that parody should not have ever 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.”