Brandi Rhodes appeared on “Insight with Chris Van Vliet” to talk about the birth of her daughter Liberty, the meaning behind the name, how Cody has changed as a father, Cody’s neck tattoo, her future in AEW, “Rhodes To The Top” and more.
Here are some highlights:
Brandi Rhodes talked about being followed around by cameras for “Rhodes To The Top”:
“So they followed me from about seven months (into the pregnancy) all the way up to the end and the beginning of the new baby. The hardest part of it was being that pregnant and having constant eyes on me and constant requests while trying to keep a good face. It bombed considerably as noted in the episode where I had the meltdown about the bus and the bed not being on there. They were very kind to me in that moment. It was so much worse. I went out the world backwards. I don’t know how Cody missed that piece, but it’s no secret I hate The Nightmare Express.”
Brandi was asked why she doesn’t like the Nightmare Express bus:
“To me, it’s a waste of money and a waste of time. I can take a flight and it’s so much faster, or I can drive. But it’s a bus. It takes longer. I’ve never been a fan. So then being pregnant, totally not a fan. It’s uncomfortable. I’m like, how do I sit? The only place to be comfortable was to lay down in the back. Also there was the nausea. I had terrible nausea for my entire pregnancy. Rolling around in the back of the bus was rough. That moment, when I realized that there was no bed on the bus, the meltdown was substantial. I did throw something. They didn’t show that. I knew what I was doing, but I didn’t care about the cameras in that moment. So I was so angry, but they let me look ok. I hope they do a scene that didn’t make it though. There were some funny scenes with the guys that didn’t make it and some meltdowns with me. There’s also me going into labor on camera. I’m not sure how much is shown, but it’s pretty great.”
Brandi talked about how she got into wrestling:
“Me and wrestling found each other in the weirdest of ways. I was one of the last Divas. I was in Miami and I was scouted as a model. I was modeling and I was attending the University of Miami at the time. My agent called me and said, ‘Hey, would you ever be interested in professional wrestling?’ I’m like, where is this coming from? They said that they saw my pictures and they are interested in athletic models. I had figure skated for 17 years, so that made sense at the time. If any unique opportunity comes my way, it peaks my interest. I was a fan of wrestling as a child, so I’m like, well let’s see what the training is like. I did a week of training, fell in love with it, and I have ever since.”
Brandi was asked what she is most proud of in AEW:
“I would have to say that it is a testament to everything that we have created. We have this phenomenal stuff and phenomenal roster, all the way up to CM Punk. It is a testament to what we have built. It’s very exciting, and it’s amazing to see that. This is what we thought was possible, but now we are seeing ourselves come full circle. We are seeing people who we thought would thrive in this space actually thriving in this space. It’s just really rewarding. Even on the roughest or toughest of days, if things are not great, I can look back and say I’m a part of this.”
Brandi on why she believes AEW is so successful:
“I think that it was always just the perfect storm. You need the perfect storm of talent and behind the scenes folks that had the work ethic to make this all happen. It all came together at the same time. Tony (Khan’s) interest happening at the same time as everyone becoming free agents, all of that had to happen for it to work as well as it did today. People will always say, ‘You wouldn’t have had AEW without this person.’ In reality, you wouldn’t have had AEW without all of the people and all of the wheels. That could be the people you see out front all the time, or just the people you don’t see, because they are not a character. Without all of that happening, I don’t think we would be where we are today.”
Brandi talking about Cody’s neck tattoo:
“I know a lot of people who have a lot of tattoos, so it’s not shocking to me that he would want a tattoo. I have a lot of tattoos, but mine are smaller. I just thought that, and it’s just me, but it should go into more. Maybe we do a whole sleeve or chest thing. But he just wanted that one thing. I’m like, I just think it looks a little lost. But now I have grown into it and I barely noticed it. I never thought it looked terrible. Tattoos are expressions of you and what you love. Do what you like, it’s your body. Who cares?”
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