WARNING: We have detected your browser is out of date. For both performance, security and a better web experience you should keep up to date to avoid viruses, malware, hijacking and stay on top of compatibility features.
 

WNS Mobile

RSS Feed

ROH Posts Interview with Brandi Rhodes About Her Career

Posted By: Caylon Knox on Oct 28, 2017

ROH Posts Interview with Brandi Rhodes About Her Career

The following comes from ROHWrestling.com:

Many wrestling fans know Brandi Rhodes only as the beautiful wife of ROH World Champion Cody and a former pro wrestling ring announcer, but she’s certainly not just an arm piece or background player.
 
No longer entering the ring in an elegant dress with a microphone in hand, Brandi now comes dressed for battle in tights and wrestling boots, and she is determined to become a major player with Women of Honor. 
 
She’s only had two matches with WOH thus far, and while she has yet to achieve her first victory, Brandi has proved that she’s not just another pretty face.
 
ROHWrestling.com caught up with Brandi recently to discuss her burgeoning career as an in-ring competitor.
 
ROH: You were thrown into the deep end of the pool in Women of Honor with Kelly Klein as your opponent in your first singles match. What was that experience like?
 
BR: When you’re in the ring with somebody like Kelly Klein, who’s never been submitted or pinned with Women of Honor, that’s a lot to take in. She’s obviously very confident. She had some moments, though, where I noticed overconfidence, which allowed me to kind of get a little bit of an upper hand on her a couple of times. If I ever come face to face with her again, I definitely see that working to my advantage. That is how you can chop somebody like Kelly Klein down. Hopefully I can get a rematch.
 
ROH: One of Klein’s submission finishers is called “The End of the Match,” but it wasn’t the end of the match when she faced you. You were able to make it to the ropes to break the hold. Do you think that caught her off guard?
 
BR: I think it very much caught her off guard. Like I said, she was very confident that the match was going to end how she wanted it to end when she wanted it to end. We definitely had some moments in the match where she beat me to a pulp, I’m not going to lie, but I have a lot of fight in me. Knowing that I can escape those moves gives me a hell of a lot more confidence to face her in the future.
 
ROH: Because you’re Cody’s wife and everyone knows you were a ring announcer, do you feel like there is added pressure on you when you wrestle? Do you feel you have more to prove?
 
BR: I absolutely have more to prove than anybody who steps foot in that ring. I’ve had a target on my back since the second I opened my mouth and said that I want to do more. People these days don’t really like that. It’s kind of “stay in your role.” I don’t have a role. I’m not very good at staying in my lane, and I’m not confined to any role or by any rules. So, naturally, there’s always going to be a target on my back. Everybody’s going to look for any mistake they can find whether it’s in the ring or outside the ring. My job is to stay focused on what I’m trying to do. There will be haters along the way and there will be fans along the way. I am definitely very aware that I’m somebody who’s always got a target on them.
 
ROH: What was Cody’s reaction when you first told him that you wanted to wrestle?
 
BR: His reaction was, “I think you should absolutely go for it if this is what you want to do.” He said I just need to put 100 percent into it because wrestling is one of those things that you can’t do 50 percent. He’s very much been focused on making sure I put forth the same effort I did at the beginning all the way through, making sure there’s no point at which I get lazy or overconfident or don’t want to go in and train. I doubt that will ever happen with me because I’ve always been a student of whatever sport I’m in, but it’s nice to have him there to keep me fully focused. 
 
ROH: You mentioned participating in other sports. We know you spent 17 years in figure skating. Was there anything from figure skating that has helped you in wrestling?
 
BR: Oh, absolutely. The No. 1 thing about figure skating is persistence. You skate for hours and hours and hours, day after day after day. You do the same things over and over again, and you continue to fall, you continue to bruise your thigh; it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s 6 o’clock in the morning. When I was skating I was in Michigan in the dead of winter. The one thing you learn is that if you keep plugging at it, if you keep a good attitude, eventually you’re going to stand up and go, ‘Holy crap, for two months straight I’ve fallen maybe a thousand times, and now I’ve got it. And now I’m never going to fall on this again.” I’m noticing that with a lot of things in wrestling. We went and trained the other day and I said, “I need to learn these two moves,” and Cody said, “OK, cool.” Top rope moves kind of freak me out but I needed to get over that. The first two times we tried, he’d say, “OK, jump.” And I’d say, “Where? Where do I put my feet? Where does my leg go? Where are my hands supposed to be? How do I not kill myself?” (laughs) He said, “You just have to jump. You’re going to fall sometimes but you’ll learn and you’ll make it.” I had a couple times where I missed and hit my knee or my elbow, but then it started to work and now I’m like, “I don’t know how I ever didn’t do this.” So it’s very much like skating to where you have to keep plugging at it and can’t be afraid of bumps and bruises. They’re going to happen but you have to stand up to your fear.”
 
ROH: Tell us about your education and professional background before you got into wrestling.
 
BR: I went to the University of Michigan. My goal was to do TV news. I launched my career in reporting in Michigan and instantly hated it. I knew it was not going to be for me, which was a shock since that’s what I went to school for and wanted to do, so it was like, “What do I do now?” I went through a quarter-life crisis. I decided to move to Miami and become a model. I started from the bottom. I was making $50 to model a bikini. ... Within a year’s time I was a full-time model making a six-figure salary. I was happy with that, but I knew I needed more than to just be pretty. I had a degree and I knew that I had other talents. So I went back to school at the University of Miami for a master’s program in -- guess what? -- TV broadcasting. The goal this time was not to be a reporter, but an anchor. Then I randomly got a phone call from my modeling agent who said, “Hey, I don’t know if you know anything about it, but this company called WWE wants to know if you’d be interested in wrestling.” I said, “The last time I looked at [WWE] it was in a women’s studies class and Trish Stratus was barking like a dog and everybody seemed to not like that. So let me watch this and see what’s going on with it currently.” At that point, it was the PG era. No one was barking like a dog, no bra and panties matches or all that stuff. So I was like, OK, I’m an athlete at heart, so this could be that something more I was looking for. So they signed me to a developmental contract and there we went.
 
ROH: When you were in FCW, WWE’s developmental territory, what was your relationship like with the late “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, who would go on to become your father-in-law?
 
BR: I had a friendship with Dusty before I had a friendship with Cody. When I walked into FCW -- I was familiar with wrestling but I wasn’t a guru -- I knew who Dusty was. I was like, if that’s who’s teaching, I’m definitely going to learn something. I took to him immediately. 
 
ROH: Were you ring announcing and training at the same time?
 
BR: I was at first, but then I wasn’t. Part of the reason I left the first time is because I was a little down-hearted that I wasn’t getting to wrestle, and I wasn’t getting to announce in a very big role either. After Cody and I got married, that’s when I decided I wanted to go back and I only want to do the wrestling. We tried, and that worked for a while, but then it ended up being a situation where it made the most sense to take the path they were familiar with first to ty to get to the path they were unfamiliar with. So I went back on the road to announce and get in front of them again so that they could think, “Oh, yeah, we remember Brandi, we like Brandi. Let’s think about her in these other roles.” But it turned into, “We really like her in this role. We can’t see her in any other role. We don’t even want to hear it.” So then it was like, “We don’t want her training because we can’t have her hurt herself and miss shows. And we don’t want her to mess her face up.” But sometimes you just have to listen to your heart, and my heart was saying that I need to do more, I’m not happy with this. Life is short. I can’t just do a job I’m not happy with. I’m happy that I made the choice to branch out and take a bit of a risk.
 
ROH: Now that you’re here in Women of Honor, what are your thoughts on the competition?
 
BR: The women in Women of Honor are very passionate about what they do. They also hit extremely hard (laughs). So the competition is extremely stiff. I’m very proud that I’ve been able to get in the ring with the people that I have so far and not look like a complete fish out of water. I’m happy that I’m earning my keep here and it's going to be a slow and steady game, but every time I get in the ring with these women I learn so much because they really are a plethora of information and ability. And no two of them are the same as far as what to expect from them in the ring, so that’s a great way to learn. It’s just being thrown into the deep end, as you said, and trying to swim.
 
ROH: What are your goals as a competitor in WOH?
 
BR: I’m already meeting a lot of them, because one of my goals was just to actually become a competitor. I couldn’t just walk in and say, “Hey, I’m Brandi Rhodes and I’m going to wrestle.” You actually have to have some ability and earn your keep. I’ve shown that I’m determined, I’ve shown ability and I’ve shown that I can hang in the ring with these women. Am I the world’s greatest wrestler? Not today. Will I be to tomorrow? Wait and see. My goals are to keep trending upward and changing people’s minds. The more comfortable I get, that’s when the wins will happen. 
Source: ROHWrestling.com

.: Join our NEW Wrestling Forum :. 
««« WNS Forum »»»

Tags: #roh #bullet club #brandi rhodes #cody rhodes
https://wrestlr.me/48999/  
Adding comments is disabled due to age of article.
 

» More News From This Feed

Nov 22
Tonight's WWE 205 Live CANCELLED, Replaced By NXT
WWE 205 Live normally takes place after SmackDown every week, but tonight for some reason WWE has decided not to film the weekly broadcast and instead will show an encore of this past Wednesday's NXT [...]
Nov 22 - WWE 205 Live normally takes place after SmackDown every week, but tonight for some reason WWE has decided not to film the weekly broadcast and instead will show an encore of this past Wednesday's NXT [...]
Nov 22
Steve Austin Gives A Firm 'NO' To One More Match
WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin was recently interviewed by ESPN about a potential in-ring return and more. Check out the highlights below: On Having One More Match:  “I’d be happy[...]
Nov 22 - WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin was recently interviewed by ESPN about a potential in-ring return and more. Check out the highlights below: On Having One More Match:  “I’d be happy[...]
Nov 22
Eric Bischoff Has "Mixed Emotions" On AEW's Revival Of 'Bash at the Beach'
Eric Bischoff has given his thoughts on the recent news that AEW has secured the rights to the Bash at the Beach trademark and will be using it to promote an upcoming episode of Dynamite on TNT. The t[...]
Nov 22 - Eric Bischoff has given his thoughts on the recent news that AEW has secured the rights to the Bash at the Beach trademark and will be using it to promote an upcoming episode of Dynamite on TNT. The t[...]
Nov 22
WNS Podcast: NXT War Games & Survivor Series 2019 Prediction Show
WNS Podcast is back with another action-packed episode featuring a complete preview of this weekend's NXT War Games & Survivor Series. Below is the official show preview. Episode 433 - War Gam[...]
Nov 22 - WNS Podcast is back with another action-packed episode featuring a complete preview of this weekend's NXT War Games & Survivor Series. Below is the official show preview. Episode 433 - War Gam[...]
Nov 22
AEW Fines Jimmy Havoc $10,000 For Actions On Dynamite
AEW has issued a statement on Twitter announcing that star Jimmy Havoc has been fined $10,000 for using a staple gun during the Diamond Dozen battle royal on Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite on TNT.&nbs[...]
Nov 22 - AEW has issued a statement on Twitter announcing that star Jimmy Havoc has been fined $10,000 for using a staple gun during the Diamond Dozen battle royal on Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite on TNT.&nbs[...]
Nov 22
Big SPOILER For NXT TakeOver: WarGames III
The final member of Team Ciampa for the War Games match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 3 will be revealed this Saturday night. The leading rumor is that former WWE Intercontinental Champion John Morr[...]
Nov 22 - The final member of Team Ciampa for the War Games match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 3 will be revealed this Saturday night. The leading rumor is that former WWE Intercontinental Champion John Morr[...]
Nov 22
Undertaker Comments On Milestone 29 Years In WWE
WWE and Undertaker are celebrating 29 years since his debut at Survivor Series in 1990. Undertaker has commented on the big milestone on social media, he said: “29. And counting…. ⚰️[...]
Nov 22 - WWE and Undertaker are celebrating 29 years since his debut at Survivor Series in 1990. Undertaker has commented on the big milestone on social media, he said: “29. And counting…. ⚰️[...]
Nov 22
Cody Rhodes Says AEW Likely To Reset Wrestler Records Come January
Cody Rhodes was a guest on The Fan Morning Show with Jeff & Big Joe, the Rhodes' were asked what the ultimate goal of AEW was. In short, it is meant to be something different that gives the wrestl[...]
Nov 22 - Cody Rhodes was a guest on The Fan Morning Show with Jeff & Big Joe, the Rhodes' were asked what the ultimate goal of AEW was. In short, it is meant to be something different that gives the wrestl[...]
Nov 22
WWE SmackDown Preview For Tonight's Episode
Tonight's WWE SmackDown and WWE 205 Live episodes will air live from the Allstate Arena near Chicago, IL with the final hype for WWE Survivor Series on Sunday. WWE is fo[...]
Nov 22 - Tonight's WWE SmackDown and WWE 205 Live episodes will air live from the Allstate Arena near Chicago, IL with the final hype for WWE Survivor Series on Sunday. WWE is fo[...]
Nov 22
Mark Henry Says Jim Cornette Should Sincerely Apologize Or Admit He Hates Black People
 Earlier this week Jim Cornette resigned from NWA following controversial comments he said during the latest episode of NWA Powerrr while Trevor Murdoch was in the ring. The [...]
Nov 22 -  Earlier this week Jim Cornette resigned from NWA following controversial comments he said during the latest episode of NWA Powerrr while Trevor Murdoch was in the ring. The [...]
Nov 22
Update On Dio Maddin Being Off WWE TV, Samoa Joe Receives High Praise
In regardings to Dio Maddin still being off television since he was attacked on Brock Lesnar on Monday Night Raw, there is not much more to it.  Maddin has been kept off to sell the injury, alth[...]
Nov 22 - In regardings to Dio Maddin still being off television since he was attacked on Brock Lesnar on Monday Night Raw, there is not much more to it.  Maddin has been kept off to sell the injury, alth[...]
Nov 22
Update On Jim Cornette’s Resignation From NWA
Dave Lagana is reportedly taking the majority of the blame for the offensive line uttered by Jim Cornette on latest edition of NWA Powerrr, according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter. [...]
Nov 22 - Dave Lagana is reportedly taking the majority of the blame for the offensive line uttered by Jim Cornette on latest edition of NWA Powerrr, according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter. [...]
Nov 22
WWE Scaling Back On NXT Events In Florida In 2020
WWE will be cutting back on NXT events in Florida in 2020, according to a report by Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The reason for this because the attendance in [...]
Nov 22 - WWE will be cutting back on NXT events in Florida in 2020, according to a report by Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The reason for this because the attendance in [...]
Nov 22
AEW Wanted To Hold An Event At Club La Vela In Panama City
AEW at one point was reportedly considering running a Spring Break show in a venue in Panama City, Club La Vela. You may remember that WCW once held Spring Break episodes of Monday Nitro at this venu[...]
Nov 22 - AEW at one point was reportedly considering running a Spring Break show in a venue in Panama City, Club La Vela. You may remember that WCW once held Spring Break episodes of Monday Nitro at this venu[...]
Nov 22
Top ROH Star Name Rumored To Be Leaving Company
All Elite Wrestling could be about to receive one of Ring Of Honor's top names following the expiry of his contract. In the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer revealed that[...]
Nov 22 - All Elite Wrestling could be about to receive one of Ring Of Honor's top names following the expiry of his contract. In the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer revealed that[...]
Nov 22
Jon Moxley Finishes Filming For New Movie
Jon Moxley is a busy man. Aside from being one of AEW’s top wrestlers, he’s also getting back into the acting game.  Moxley has been filming the movie Cagefighter in Regina, Saskatch[...]
Nov 22 - Jon Moxley is a busy man. Aside from being one of AEW’s top wrestlers, he’s also getting back into the acting game.  Moxley has been filming the movie Cagefighter in Regina, Saskatch[...]
Nov 21
Cody Comments On NXT Beating AEW Dynamite Viewership
Chris Jericho commented earlier today on the matter, and now Cody Rhodes himself commented on this with the following tweet.  "Take it on the chin, learn from it, get up off the mat and get to[...]
Nov 21 - Chris Jericho commented earlier today on the matter, and now Cody Rhodes himself commented on this with the following tweet.  "Take it on the chin, learn from it, get up off the mat and get to[...]
Nov 21
Chris Jericho Comments On NXT Beating AEW Dynamite Viewership
Chris Jericho commented on NXT defeating AEW Dynamite viewership for the first time this week. He noted ", it’s a marathon not a sprint" Remember guys, it’s a marathon not a sprint.....[...]
Nov 21 - Chris Jericho commented on NXT defeating AEW Dynamite viewership for the first time this week. He noted ", it’s a marathon not a sprint" Remember guys, it’s a marathon not a sprint.....[...]
Nov 21
Ring Of Honor Issues Statement On Kelly Klein’s Departure
Ring Of Honor issued the following short and sharp statement to PWInsider in regards to Kelly Klein’s departure from the company: “We don’t generally discuss personal issues but t[...]
Nov 21 - Ring Of Honor issued the following short and sharp statement to PWInsider in regards to Kelly Klein’s departure from the company: “We don’t generally discuss personal issues but t[...]
Nov 21
Ring Of Honor Fires Women’s Champion Kelly Klein
Current ROH Women’s Champion Kelly Klein has been released from Ring Of Honor. This comes after a turbulent couple of weeks in which Klein spoke out in support of Joey Mercury who was also relea[...]
Nov 21 - Current ROH Women’s Champion Kelly Klein has been released from Ring Of Honor. This comes after a turbulent couple of weeks in which Klein spoke out in support of Joey Mercury who was also relea[...]
Nov 21
Bray Wyatt To Appear For In-Ring Segment On Friday's SmackDown
Universal Champion Bray Wyatt will be making a live in-ring appearance on tomorrow's SmackDown.  Below is what WWE posted: Daniel Bryan summons Bray Wyatt to the ring ahead of Survivor Series[...]
Nov 21 - Universal Champion Bray Wyatt will be making a live in-ring appearance on tomorrow's SmackDown.  Below is what WWE posted: Daniel Bryan summons Bray Wyatt to the ring ahead of Survivor Series[...]
Nov 21
WWE 2K20 Issues Details On Patch Fix For Bug Plagued Game
WWE 2K issued the following details on the upcoming patch that will fix a number of bugs that have plagued the game since launch. Hello, everyone! We have a new patch out for WWE 2K20 on X[...]
Nov 21 - WWE 2K issued the following details on the upcoming patch that will fix a number of bugs that have plagued the game since launch. Hello, everyone! We have a new patch out for WWE 2K20 on X[...]
Nov 21
NXT on USA Finally Beats AEW Dynamite on TNT In Viewership
The ratings for this week’s Wednesday Night War between WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite have taken a turn. NXT on USA Network drew 916,000 viewers and AEW Dynamite on TNT drew 893,000 viewers, accordi[...]
Nov 21 - The ratings for this week’s Wednesday Night War between WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite have taken a turn. NXT on USA Network drew 916,000 viewers and AEW Dynamite on TNT drew 893,000 viewers, accordi[...]
Nov 21
Elias Promises A Change Is Coming
WWE star Elias has been absent from television due to an ankle injury. However, the star may be ready to make his return and he's promises a change is coming. He posted a video on Twitter of him play[...]
Nov 21 - WWE star Elias has been absent from television due to an ankle injury. However, the star may be ready to make his return and he's promises a change is coming. He posted a video on Twitter of him play[...]
Nov 21
TNA Impact Signs Broadcast Deal With Africa
Impact Wrestling has signed a major broadcasting deal that will have their shows featured on affiliates across Africa. Impact's Chief Corporate Officer Ed Nordholm said this was a big moment and that [...]
Nov 21 - Impact Wrestling has signed a major broadcasting deal that will have their shows featured on affiliates across Africa. Impact's Chief Corporate Officer Ed Nordholm said this was a big moment and that [...]

© 2006-2019 wrestlingnewssource.com

All rights reserved. All other trademarks, logos, video, likeness and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.
Terms of Service · Privacy Policy · Π