Booker T (wrestler)

Booker T
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Booker T in March 2015
Birth nameRobert Booker Tio Huffman
Born (1965-03-01) March 1, 1965 (age 53)
Houston, Texas, U.S.[1]
Levestia Huffman
(m. 1996; div. 2001)

Sharmell (m. 2005)
FamilyStevie Ray (brother)
Bonita Huffman-Lott (sister)[2]
Carolyn Jones (sister)[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Black Snow[3]
Booker T[6]
King Booker[7]
G.I. Bro[4]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[8]
Billed weight256 lb (116 kg)[8]
Billed from110th Street in Harlem, New York
Houston, Texas[8]
Trained byIvan Putski[9]
Scott Casey[9]

Robert Booker Tio Huffman[10] (born March 1, 1965),[11] better known by his ring name Booker T, 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.

Booker 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,[12] having held 21 titles including a record six WCW World Television Championships (along with being the first African American titleholder[13]), 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 (most reigns within that company), and one in the WWF with Test. Harlem Heat were recognized by WWE as being – along with The Steiner Brothers – WCW's greatest ever tag team.[14] Booker was the final WCW World Heavyweight Champion and 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".[13]

Booker is a six-time world champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship five times (four times in WCW, and once in the WWF) and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship once.[15] He is the first non-mixed race African American to become a world champion in WWE,[16] and was voted the greatest World Heavyweight Champion in a WWE viewer poll.[17] Booker is a 15-time world tag team champion between WCW (10 times), WWF/E (four times), and TNA (once). Additionally, he was the winner of the King of the Ring tournament in 2006, the sixteenth Triple Crown Champion, and the ninth Grand Slam Champion in WWE history. As the eleventh Triple Crown Champion in WCW history, Booker is one of five men in history to achieve both the WWE and WCW Triple Crowns. Longtime wrestler Kurt Angle said of Booker: "He's done it all... he legitimately is one of the top five best of all time."[18] Booker was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013, by his brother, Lash.

Early life

Booker was born the youngest of eight children, in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, though his birthplace is often misidentified as Houston, Texas.[1] By the time Booker was 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" Huffman at age 17.[19] In high school, Booker was a drum major.[9] He also played football and basketball.[20][21]

Booker spent nineteen months in prison after pleading guilty to armed robberies at Wendy's restaurants in Houston. Booker and his partners wore Wendy's uniforms during the holdups since they had been working there for 2½ years. Because of the gunmen's uniforms and familiarity with the fast food chain's operations, police suspected the robberies were inside jobs—and it did not take long before Huffman and three other men were found. Booker pleaded guilty in December 1987 to two aggravated robbery counts and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was released after serving 19 months, and was placed on parole until April 1992.[19]

Other Languages
العربية: بوكر تي
български: Букър Ти
Boarisch: Booker T
dansk: Booker T
Deutsch: Booker T
Ελληνικά: Μπούκερ Τι
español: Booker T
فارسی: بوکرتی
français: Booker T (catch)
한국어: 부커 허프먼
հայերեն: Բուքեր Թի
Bahasa Indonesia: Booker T
italiano: Booker T
Nederlands: Booker Huffman
polski: Booker T
português: Booker T
română: Booker Huffman
русский: Ти, Букер
Simple English: Booker T (wrestler)
slovenčina: Booker T (wrestler)
українська: Букер Ті
Tiếng Việt: Booker Huffman
中文: 布克·T