Booker T’s Spinaroonie is one of the most iconic moves in all of WWE history, but it wasn’t always like that. Sitting down with WWE in a new “The Story Of” segment, Booker T discussed the breakdancing origins of The Spinaroonie, the backlash he faced early on in his career, and more.
“The Spinaroonie came from my days as a dancer,” he said when describing the origins of the move. “I was a breakdancer, pop locking days, and back in the days when they had the beat box, and the cardboard box. I never played sports or anything like that, and the Spinaroonie was just something that was just a part of the dance. I remember the first time that I did it in a wrestling ring, I was wrestling in Dallas, Texas. It was my debut there, my brother and I were wrestling a couple of guys, and they didn’t like us too much in Dallas.”
Booker went on to describe how the crowd was extremely rough to them, and how the brothers heard a large list of derogatory names. However, after he completed the first Spinaroonie – which came from him getting up from a hit – the crowd shifted its tone. “I remember walking into that arena, with that 100 people, and doing that Spinaroonie, and people being one way and being changed, from that moment, that 100 people turned into 3,000 people a week.”