Brandi Rhodes took part in a media scrum after making her All Elite Wrestling in-ring debut on Saturday night. Brandi was asked about the finding a balance of being Chief Brand Officer and wrestling, and she said it’s tiring, but it’s some she takes seriously and has a passion for it.
“It’s tiring. I pretty much train every day. First of all—I had a lot of people tell me that I looked really good out there. None of you did, but I’m just going to tell you that in my training I really toned up. I lost about ten pounds so I really take it really seriously, I’m in there all the time, but then the daily work of the CBO never stops. My phone rings at 2 o’clock in the morning and I generally answer it. We have a lot going on, we are a brand new company, we’re building all of the time so it’s a lot of work. Sometimes we don’t sleep that much but that’s what you do for things you love. It’s what I used to do for figure skating.”
As a follow-up, Brandi was asked about the potential of tagging with her ‘insurance policy’ in Awesome Kong. Brandi said she’d be open to it, noting Kong’s years of wrestling knowledge as something she’d benefit from:
“Of course not. I would love to tag with her and learn from her. There’s always more and more that you can learn no matter how much you’re training. I thought about ten things that I would like to go back on Monday and work on now because I’ve watched the show and I’ve seen all of these other cool things that other people have done and other people are doing, and I want to do that. I’m sure working directly with someone like that, that has 17 years experience in-ring wouldn’t hurt.”
Kulture City was also present at Fight For The Fallen, with the sensory inclusion group’s truck making a stop at Daily’s Place for the event. Brandi spoke about having the mobility option available for facilities that might not be sensory inclusive yet.
“I know for a fact that a lot of families came to this show specifically because of hearing about [the Kulture City involvement] and that’s a great thing. You never want to hear that somebody didn’t get to come to your show because they felt unwelcome or they felt like they wouldn’t fit in—any of those things, it’s a terrible precedent to set. I actually haven’t connected with Kulture City yet other than them telling me congratulations on my match—but I’m sure we’ll go back and go over numbers and stuff. I know that there were a lot of people coming that were just excited to see the truck.
It’s the first time we had the truck here as opposed to having a room set up or having one of the sensory rooms on-site. It was probably a really fun experience for people just seeing that we can do this [with mobility] too. I know a lot of folks were saying ‘are you always going to have Kulture City there?’ We would love to have them in as many places as we can. Right now they’re in 320 venues or buildings worldwide, but in some venues they’re not, so it’s wonderful to know that if it’s something like this where we physically don’t have the backstage space, we can drive the truck up and still have the same capabilities so it’s fantastic.”