WWE Backstage has been canceled as a weekly show by FOX. The show featured Renee Young & Booker T as the lead hosts with the likes of Christian, Paige, CM Punk & Mark Henry making regular appearances.
On his podcast, The Hall of Fame, Booker T commented on the show’s cancellation. Booker said his thanks to those at FOX who helped run the show for the past eight months.
Booker T believes that a show like WWE Backstage is needed and that it brought something different to the table. He hopes that they get back on track real soon with a new version of the show.
I just want to first and foremost thank everybody on my FOX family crew [for] making that thing work for eight months. It was an awesome eight months, and hopefully, now that the project is going to be different, it will be going to something digital. We don’t know just yet. We’re just waiting in a holding pattern right now, but I just want to thank everybody who had something to do with that show and everybody who made it possible for me to go out there to do what I love doing which is talking and having fun.
More than anything, in a show like that, I think it’s something that is needed. That stuff I did last week with Bret Hart, man, it really touched me because I never knew that if Bret Hart had the chance to do it all over again, he would’ve said, ‘man, I’m staying here in the WWE. I’m not going down there.’ Stories like that, for people to hear up close and personal from someone like myself and Bret who was in the game, I thought it brought something different to the table. Again, everybody in the FOX family, they treated me right. Hopefully, we’ll be back on track real real soon and doing it again.”
Booker T was asked if he would do certain things differently than how they were during the show’s run. He said that he would want to change a few things except for the promo school segments.
He also said that he always wanted to do the show like The View and talk about other things happening outside of the company. He said that these stories need to be captured and expounded upon.
I always thought about The View and that format and how they talked about a little bit of everything. To be able to talk about independent wrestling groups, for instance, NWA, EVOLVE, to talk about how those groups might be no more, that’s news. These are stories that are prevalent in professional wrestling and stories that need to be captured. stories that need to be expounded upon as far as an inside perspective.
Booker also went on to say that he will miss the camaraderie between the cast and crew of WWE Backstage. He said that nobody among the cast felt good about the show being ended because it was something heartfelt and genuine.
There’s still so much more out there to be done. I’m like a chameleon. I’m always trying to change my spots. I’m just gonna miss the comradery of being the avocado room hanging out just laughing to the point where I would be crying so bad I would have to put Visine in before the show because my eyes would be so red from crying, but that was before the show even got started.
When I got the phone call, we jumped on the call together, and you could tell [from] everybody in the room [that] nobody felt good about it. A lot of times with some of these shows I’m sure a lot of times they’re like man, I couldn’t wait to get over with that show, but this one right here felt so genuine and heartfelt.