Booker T. Huffman with Jake Rossen

Booker T. Huffman is a 35x champion, WWE Hall of Fame pro wrestler, promoter, color commentator and authorJake Rossen writes for the New York Times, ESPN, Wired and more. See more Huffman/Rossen collabs here.

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Living Color: How 35X Champ Booker T Conquers Racism

In the final installment of his six-part series, Booker T. offers a candid look at the role race has played in his life both in and out of the ring. It didn’t take very long for a rule to get around in the locker rooms when my wrestling career was going full blast: If someone felt like saying something racist, don’t say it around Booker. The reason was simple. I was always willing to be        …read more

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Exclusive: Booker T Is Running for Mayor of Houston, And Here’s Why

Pro wrestling superstar Booker T talks about his plans to conquer a different kind of combat sport — politics. I’ve been fortunate enough in my career that I can live pretty much anywhere in the world that I want. And I choose to live in Houston, Texas. I was born and bred here — hell, I hadn’t even been outside of Texas until I was in my late 20s — and I’ll be buried here.        …read more

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Booker T: The Reality of Wrestling with Leaving the Ring Behind

In the fourth installment of a six-part series, WWE legend Booker T talks about the reality of wrestling with the riskiest move a grappler ever makes — leaving the ring behind. Back in 1994 or 1995, World Championship Wrestling was having its biggest pay-per-view event of the year, The Great American Bash. For the big blowout shows like this one, the company would sometimes invite legends from the past to get the fans excited. When        …read more

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Reality Check: Booker T Mentors a New Generation of Wrestlers

In the third installment of our exclusive look at the life of grappling legend Booker T, the entertainer opens up about his efforts to save at-risk youth — by tossing them into the ring to become wrestlers. I was getting scammed and I knew it. I didn’t come from a wrestling family. My brother got into it more or less at the same time I did, so there was no uncle or father to push me in front        …read more

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The Newborn Identity of Booker T

In the first of a six-part series examining the private life of the wrestling star, Booker T reflects on getting a second chance at fatherhood. My daughter likes to tell a story. It’s the fall of 2010 and my wife, Sharmell, and I had just brought her and her twin brother home from the hospital: Kennedy Rose Huffman and Kendrick James Huffman, two perfectly healthy newborns who were determined to make sure their parents didn’t get        …read more