Booker T made his return at the 2023 Royal Rumble match for a very short stint in the over-the-top-rope melee. He didn’t last long, but Booker T still had a chance to do a spinarooonie and pop the crowd one last time. It turns out that he actually refused one powerful move during his brief Royal Rumble outing.

GUNTHER is arguably a future WWE World Champion, and Booker T realizes that. In fact, he is so confident in GUNTHER’s abilities that he wants nothing to do with his powerful chops.

WWE fans know GUNTHER for a lot of things, and his amazing IC Title run only scratches the surfaces. As it turns out, he has one of the most powerful chops in the business, thundering punishment upon his opponent’s chest throughout their matches.

During his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T spoke about his time in the Royal Rumble. As it turns out, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer refused to take GUNTHER’s chops.


“He’s a future World Champion in the company. He’s a guy that’s going to be that, that killer, monster heel in WWE. Timing is on his side as well.

“He’s young, he goes out, and if you don’t believe what GUNTHER does is real, go ahead and take one of those chops. That’s all you’ve got to do. Just take one and you would go, ‘Oh my God.’

“When I was in the rumble, I thought about taking one of those chops and then I said, ‘Man, to hell with that. I’m not taking that damn chop.’”

Booker T said that the 2023 Royal Rumble match was his last outing in the ring. We will have to see if he sticks to that in-ring retirement, because pro wrestling is full of short-lived retirements.

GUNTHER will keep going on as leader of Imperium. Even with Vince McMahon’s return to power, it doesn’t appear that WWE has lightened the Ring General’s load at all.

What’s your take on GUNTHER in WWE? Is he destined to become World Champion? Sound off in the comments!

Felix Upton

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