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Brody King reveals MJF and Darby Allin both reached out about him joining AEW

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Brody King of the House of Black appeared on this week's "AEW Unrestricted" podcast to discuss how he arrived in AEW, choosing his name, working in television, and wrestling with his jaw wired shut.

King on how he got into AEW:

"It was just kind of weird. I feel like a lot of people that were probably excited for me to be there were also maybe campaigning for me to come there," King shared.

"Guys like MJF and Darby, and there's a whole list of people that I used to work with on the Indies and we all kind of came up together. They would check in every couple of months and be like, 'Hey, when is your contract up? When are you coming here?' Then obviously with the fallout of Ring of Honor, the gears started turning a little bit more."

"I got into contact with Tony, I think maybe the day after the news of Ring of Honor broke. It happened quite rapidly. But I would say that the wheels really started turning when Malakai got released from WWE and we kind of started putting this whole House of Black, Kings of the Black Throne thing together."

On how he picked the name Brody:

"I mean, obviously, Bruiser Brody. That was one of the first people that I was told to watch because obviously, I have a similar look," he said.

"It's funny, because when I started wrestling training, I didn't have a beard. I never grew a beard. I didn't even know I could grow a beard. My wrestling trainer was like, 'Can you grow a beard?’ I was like, 'I don't know.' He was like, 'You should probably try because your face doesn't match the rest of your body.' I guess a very young baby face without this. When I started growing my beard, I started growing my hair."

"They said you need to watch guys like Bruiser Brody, Terry Gordy, Stan Hanson. like these big horses from Japan. You're going to see a different way of a big man wrestling than you ever saw in WWF or WWE. That's what really hooked me into wrestling."

"So I went back and forth on a bunch of stupid names. I think it was Tyler Bateman that said, 'You should try Brody.' I had been watching Brody Lee's independent stuff. You know, as far as big men wrestling, Luke Harper was huge, and me seeing somebody on TV doing these things that most other big men weren't doing like hurricanranas, and he was doing dives and like all this other crazy stuff. I started watching his Chikara stuff. It was even more there he was able to do these incredible things as a big man. So you know, he was in the WWE. I was like, 'Well, it seems like Brody works on multiple levels', so then I became Brody King.”

King talking about working in TV and movies before wrestling:

"I was a union set lighting technician for movies and TV. My dad did it for 30 plus years. My grandfather did it for 60 plus years. So it was kind of like a family business I guess.”

“As a kid that was not in love with school, I tried community college for a couple months. When I realized I didn't have to go, I just didn't go. My dad was like, 'Well, you want a job?' I was like, 'Sure.' I got my days in the union and I started working when I was 18, which was very much a curse and a blessing,” Brody stated.

“I feel like it's very similar to wrestling where you have the guys that have been doing this for a long time that treat it respectfully and this is their way of living and this the way they make money. When you have a shithead kid coming in at 18 and giving you attitude and telling you how it is, and they're making adult money but they want to take days off, it rubs you the wrong way.”

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“So I burned a lot of bridges when I was between 18 and 22. I moved out, had a girlfriend, and it's like, 'Wow, I gotta pay bills.' It's like, I'm living off the dollar menu at Burger King. It's like, I gotta figure this out.”

“So I started mending those relationships. I would say by the time I was like 25 or 26, I was in a pretty successful spot with set lighting, working on movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Marvel movies, and reality TV shows like Big Brother. I was actually working on the season that Luchasaurus was on. So that was pretty funny. It is a small world."

"It was a good job. It's a great career. It's hard work. It's basically construction. You're just picking up heavy stuff and moving it around and putting it down. But you get to experience a lot of cool things. I worked on the movie Angels and Demons. So there's a lot of cool things that I got to experience doing stuff like that. But I was never really in love with it. It wasn't the creative outlet I needed. So I think that's where wrestling fulfilled a lot of that.”

King talking about how his YouTube documentary that came out this past February happened:

"So one of my good friends owns a gym in Florida in Gainesville, called American Barbell Club. He's pretty respected within the powerlifting community and he's just like an all around supporter, and a good friend. When the uncertainty of Ring of Honor was happening, he was like, 'What can we do to get you some buzz and get a good profile on you?' I was like, 'I don't know.' Then we were sitting at breakfast, he's texting, and then he goes, 'Okay, I got Dylan to come film a documentary on you.' I think it was July. He just kind of took it upon himself to make this happen. Sometimes you just need a good push.”

“We didn't even really know where to go with it. It was just like, let's just see what happens. Let's do the interviews and see where it goes. I'm really happy with the final product. I think that it's a good representation of myself."

"It was cool to see people that were big parts of my story and friends that I love, see their perspective on my journey because, you know, from 2015 to about 2017 when I was on the independents and training and stuff like that, I didn't see anybody. I barely saw my wife. My friends call it like the dark period where I just disappeared for two years. It was cool to see their thoughts on it and see what their perspective was on my work ethic and, and tried to be successful in wrestling."

On wrestling with his jaw wired shut:

"This was like maybe a week after signing and debuting for Ring of Honor. I wrestled Jake Atlas, who's now with us at AEW. Me and him we're training partners and good friends. This was kind of like my departure from independent wrestling and from my school."

"I was the champion at our school, and it was kind of like, you know, passing the torch to him. He gave me a spin kick to the mouth. I felt my tooth break, like my back molar broke. I had some blood in my mouth. I finished the match and went to an emergency dentist at like 1am.”

“As he was pulling the tooth, he already knew that there was like a hairline fracture beneath it, but he's trying to be as gentle as possible. But apparently, I have very strong teeth and bones or whatever. So when they pulled the tooth, the jaw fully broke. This was two days before Christmas.”

“So the next day, I had to get emergency surgery on my jaw. That was maybe the worst night of my life because not only am I dealing with this tooth pain, but now my jaw is broken. I had what I can only describe as like a cartoon bandage on, like, literally, like the bow tie above my head, like holding my face together."

"So I had jaw surgery the next day and they wired my jaw shut. The doctor comes in. He's like, 'All right, you can absolutely not get hit in the face for six months. Like you can't wrestle. You can't do anything.' Mind you this is right after I signed with Ring of Honor. He left and I just looked at my wife. I said, 'Well, that's not happening."

"I remember I texted Delirious who was the booker at Ring of Honor and I was like, 'Hey, man, I just want you to know I broke my jaw this weekend. It's wired shut but I'm completely okay to do all these shows.' He's like, 'What?' like, are you serious? My first month at Ring of Honor, I had my jaw wired shut."

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