Booker T Biography
Booker T(Robert Booker Tio Huffman), is an American professional wrestling promoter, color commentator, and professional wrestler, signed with WWE. He is also the owner and founder of the independent promotion Reality of Wrestling (ROW) in Texas City, Texas.
He is best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/E), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), holding 35 championships between those organizations.
He is the most decorated wrestler in WCW history, having held 21 titles involving a record six WCW World Television Championships (along with being the first African American titleholder, and a record eleven WCW World Tag Team Championships: ten as one half of Harlem Heat with his brother, Lash “Stevie Ray” Huffman in WCW, and one in the WWF with Test. Harlem Heat was recognized by WWE as being – along with The Steiner Brothers – WCW’s greatest ever tag team. Booker was the final WCW World Heavyweight Champion and the WCW United States Heavyweight Champion under the WCW banner; industry veteran John Layfield described him as “the best acquisition that WWE got when they bought WCW”.
Booker T Age
He was born on 1st March 1965 in Plain Dealing, LA. He is 54 years old as of 2019.
Booker T Family
He was born as the last born of the eight children, in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, though his birthplace is often misidentified as Houston, Texas. At the age of 13, both of his parents had died and he lived with his 16-year-old sister. He would move in with his older brother Lash “Stevie Ray.”
Booker T Brother
He has an older brother “Stevie Ray”(best known for his seven-year tenure with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1993 to 2000, where he was one-half of the tag team Harlem Heat, with his younger brother Booker T). Huffman moved to his brother at age 17 years old.
Booker T Middle School | Booker T Education
In high school, he was a drum major. Also, he played football and basketball. He opened a wrestling school in Houston in 2005.
Wife | Booker T Kids
Booker married Sharmell Sullivan(his girlfriend of five years), in February 2005. The two welcomed their twins, a boy named Kendrick and a girl named Kennedy, in 2010. He also has a son from a previous engagement with a high school girlfriend, named Brandon. He was married to his first wife Levestia on 23rd May 1996, they separated on 31st July 2000.
Booker T Early career
Huffman was looking to make a better life for himself and his son. His brother suggested that he and Booker check out a new wrestling school being opened, run by Ivan Putski, in conjunction with his Western Wrestling Alliance organization. His boss from the storage company sponsored the money to pay for the wrestling lessons. He trained under Scott Casey, who helped to turn Booker’s background as a gangster and dancer into “sports entertainment”, teaching the newcomer in-ring psychology and ring generalship.
Eight weeks later, he debuted as “G.I. Bro” on Putski’s Western Wrestling Alliance Live! program. The character was a tie-in to the raging Gulf War and the WWF’s Sgt. Slaughter angle. Even though the WWA met its demise sometime later, Booker continued to wrestle on the Texas independent circuit, often with his brother Lash, who performed as Stevie Ray. They were spotted by Skandor Akbar who hired them to work for the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF), where he and Eddie Gilbert were involved. Gilbert teamed Stevie Ray and Booker T together as the Ebony Experience, and they won the GWF Tag Team Championship on July 31, 1992. During their time with GWF, they held the tag title a total of three times. Subsequently, he and his brother left the GWF to work for World Championship Wrestling.
Their second album, Soul Dressing, was released in 1965.
Whereas the Green Onions album contained mostly covers, every composition but one on Soul Dressing was an original.
After contributing to that album, Steinberg left the group, and Dunn became the group’s full-time bassist.
Booker T Later success
During a tour when the band was in Los Angeles playing in a Stax Revue, an informal jam session with three of the M.G.’s was recorded in Hollywood in 1965, initiated by DJ Magnificent Montague who played congas.
The resulting track, “Hole in the Wall”, was issued by Pure Soul Music in October 1965 credited to the Packers with writing shared by Montague, Cropper, Jackson, and Jones.
The albums Doin’ Our Thing and Soul Limbo were released in 1968.
The track “Soul Limbo”, featuring marimba by Terry Manning, was a hit, as was their version of “Hang ‘Em High”.
Booker T And The Mgs
Booker T. & the M.G.’s are an instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. The original members of the group were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson Jr. (drums). In the 1960s, as members of the house band of Stax Records, they played on hundreds of recordings by artists which involved Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, and Albert King. They also released instrumental records under their own name, including the 1962 hit single “Green Onions”. As originators of the unique Stax sound, the group was one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of its era. By the mid-1960s, bands on both sides of the Atlantic were trying to sound like Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
In 1965, Steinberg was replaced by Donald “Duck” Dunn, who played with the group until his death in 2012. Al Jackson Jr. was murdered in 1975, after which Dunn, Cropper, and Jones reunited on numerous occasions using various drummers, such as Willie Hall, Anton Fig, Steve Jordan and Steve Potts.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2008, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Having two white members “Cropper and Dunn”, Booker T. & the M.G.’s was one of the first racially integrated rock groups, at a time when soul music and the Memphis music scene, in particular, were generally considered the preserve of black culture.
Booker T Reality of Wrestling
In 2005, Huffman began his own wrestling promotion in Houston, Texas, called Pro Wrestling Alliance. In 2012, the promotion rebranded to Reality of Wrestling. After his final 2013 event, Christmas Chaos, ROW was near to close, but Houston businessman Hilton Koch, who assisted the event, became a partner with Booker.
On February 21.2015, they reunited as Harlem Heat for one last match in Reality of Wrestling for the promotion’s “The Final Heat” event. They defeated the Heavenly Bodies to win the ROW Tag Team Championship. On March 14, the titles were vacated.
Booker T Politics
On December 10. 2016, Huffman announced that he will be running in the 2019 Houston mayoral election. He has been quoted saying that, “2020 is going to be a new era in the city of Houston. We’re going to be looked at now from a different perspective. The cool city, 2020 is coming.” Huffman was quoted in 2016, stating his focus for the three years leading up to the 2019 election will be concentrated on the city’s homeless, underprivileged, and low-income areas.