Six-time world champion Booker T returned to Friday Night SmackDown for the first time since 2007, opening the Feb. 4 edition of the show and was announced as the newest member of the SmackDown announce team. Booker’s theme music played to start SmackDown, which received a very positive reception from the crowd. Booker played to the people in the audience by doing one of his signature moves in the ring, the spinaroonie, before joining Michael Cole and Josh Mathews at the announce desk.
After a few segments and matches, it was known that Booker T was a face commentator, cheering on the other face wrestlers and disagreeing with Michael Cole, who is the only heel commentator on SmackDown and the WWE. Booker T, replacing Matt Striker on SmackDown, brought his usual humor and wit that he achieved from his 17 years of being a professional wrestler. Booker has already proven to be a good fit to the commentary team and brings the commentary the kind of experience that only a wrestler can bring.
Booker T made his surprising return to the WWE at the Royal Rumble event, to one of the loudest ovations of the night. He entered this year’s special 40-man Rumble at number 21, giving a good account of himself against the New Nexus in the ring, before being eliminated by Mason Ryan.
In other Booker T news, he announced in the middle of the SmackDown episode that he will be the first trainer and coach on the returning WWE Tough Enough competition hosted by Stone Cold Steve Austin. The official fourth season of Tough Enough returns the day after WrestleMania 27, on April 4, following Monday Night Raw.
Many wrestlers have made the transition to commentator, and Booker T is the latest wrestler to attempt to do so. Jerry Lawler was one of the first to make the switch to the commentary desk in the early 1990s, and he’s still commentating for Monday Night Raw and has done so for the better part of the past sixteen years. The last few years have seen an influx of wrestlers trying their hand at commentary, with John Bradshaw Layfield leading the way first. While CM Punk was rehabbing a hip injury late last year, he was a Raw commentator for two months, and put forth some of his best work. Another recent example of wrestler trying commentary is current TNA commentator Taz, who has been the commentator for the company for over a year.
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