"I haven't seen anything like this in my 26 years, guys. Wow."
Those are the shocking words spoken by WWE Raw announcer Booker T after Kurt Angle was left standing alone in the ring following a 10 minute assault as the superstars from WWE Smackdown Live stormed the locker room at Monday Night Raw, beating down any Raw employees they encountered. Hells, faces, none of it mattered, even less than usual. No one was safe as a strike force consisting of Baron Corbin, Rusev, AJ Styles, The New Day, Mojo Rawley, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya, Tamina Snuka, Tye Dillinger, Bobby Roode, Zack Ryder, Dolph Ziggler, and Chad Gable took out the Titus Worldwide brand, the Raw costume and makeup department, a flat screen television displaying the Raw logo, Goldust, Sasha Banks, Mickie James, Alicia Fox, Bayley, several rolls of paper towels, Matt Hardy, Curt Hawkins, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Jason Jordan, and more. It was violent. It was frightening. But scariest of all, perhaps, is the fact that, it keeps happening over and over again to Booker T, and he has absolutely no recollection of any of it.
Starting in 1996 and for several years past its expiration date, the pro wrestling faction known as the NWO ran roughshod over WCW. As a member of the tag team Harlem Heat with his brother Stevie Ray, and later WCW World Champion, Booker T was there to witness all of it, firsthand. For Booker, it was the first time, but it wasn't the last. Not by a longshot.
Booker has been a victim of an NWO beatdown personally, on multiple occasions, but all of this is, seemingly, wiped from his memories.
When this all happened again on Raw Monday night, Booker T was experiencing it through fresh eyes. Never in his 26 years, he said. What happened to Booker's memories? And is he doomed to repeat this endless cycle over and over again? The evidence suggests: yes.
In 2001, Booker T was part of the WCW/ECW team who staged a similar invasion of then-WWF. Has Booker blocked these memories, not only of his own experiences, but even of his own actions, from his mind?! Or is there something more sinister at work here?
In November of 2005, the superstars of WWE Raw invaded WWE Smackdown at the end of the November 11th episode. Booker T wrestled the match just before this invasion happened, losing to JBL in a Raw vs Smackdown Survivor Series qualifying match. AS an active member of the Smackdown Roster, Booker T witnessed this feud personally, but when he saw the same thing play out in front of him last night, it was if it it never happened at all.
Booker wasn't working at the commentary booth last year when the Raw vs. Smackdown storyline played out again, featuring multiple cross-show invasions, but he was probably watching it on television. In fact, we're certain he must have been. It is, after all, his curse to witness this scenario play out over and over again.
No, as Booker T watched these same events unfold one more time last night, it was all shockingly new to him.
"Aw, man," said Booker as Dean Ambrose was thrown into a stack of conveniently placed large metal canisters. Was he commenting on the brutal violence he was witnessing, or was his brain trying desperately to cope with the fact that he's been reliving the same pro wrestling angle over and over for the past twenty years, unable to remember any of the times it happened before?
"I haven't seen anything like this in my 26 years."
What is WWE hiding? What bizarre manipulation of time has the fed cooked up? What secrets have they locked away inside Booker T's tortured mind? If Booker T were ever to remember, to really remember all of it, what would happen to us? Is reality itself taking place inside of Booker T's head? If he ever realized the truth, would we cease to exist?
Hopefully, these questions will be answered at Survivor Series when Team Raw takes on Team Smackdown Live.
And if not? Well, there's always next year… right Booker? Mwahahahahahaha!