Brandi Rhodes recently spoke with SI.com to promote the TNA Bound for Glory pay-per-view event. Here are the highlights.
After a successful run as a ring announcer, why did you decide to wrestle? And why did you choose to wrestle for Impact Wrestling?
“I was brought into WWE many, many moons ago as a developmental talent. Developmental means you’re training to wrestle, and I did that with FCW, and then with my second run at NXT as a wrestler. I spent a lot of time wrestling at NXT. That was not seen because I was also an announcer. When you’re an announcer, they try to protect you and make sure you don’t get hurt or injured, or anything that would hinder you from your TV work. I was hired to be a wrestler, and I spent all that time training, learning, and working, so this is my chance to showcase that. Impact has always had a focus on their Knockouts. Back when WWE was not so focused on their Divas, Impact was still focused on their Knockouts. They were actually the stronger women’s division for a long time, and that was the place to watch a match more than a couple of minutes. I’m excited knowing that the attention will be given to what I want to do.”
What surprised you most about ring announcing in WWE?
“I don’t think people realize how difficult that job really is. Whenever the show is live, it’s usually still being written as it is going on. Many times, I would be on live television and have no idea what the next match is, and I’d have no clue who was coming out next. The last person to know is always the announcer, and it’s always your fault if you make a mistake—even if you didn’t know. I was always on top of everything and never said the wrong name or the wrong town. It’s definitely not an easy task, and people think we wear headsets, but we don’t. It’s either figure it out or go. I had a pretty lucky run there getting out all of the correct information.”