Brodus Clay spoke with the Shining Wizards podcast this week
about a variety of topics. Check out the highlights:
On his release: “It’s been
a lot bigger of a reaction than I thought it would be. I thought I could go
quietly into the night, but it’s kind of cool to be relevant after the machine
(WWE) steps away. I have more freedom and more opportunities, and when you don’t
have big brother watching you, you can pretty much do whatever you want, so I’m
going to take full advantage of it.”
On whether he saw his release
coming: Not really. I don’t really pay
attention to the rumors and stuff like that. I’ve been kind of out of the loop
for a little bit so, not being used, I would rather be on my own. I never wanted
to be a guy who just works for the WWE and that’s enough. If I’m contributing
and if I’m not able to do what I do, then I’d rather move on. And ultimately
they felt the same, so it worked out.
On the origin of calling moves and
“MY BAD” and why it disappeared: Who
came up with it was an angry fan in the third row. There was a guy who was
dressed up like the juggernaut from Planet X… I shot (Curt) Hawkins into the
corner or something like that, and when I was going to grab Hawkins, he yelled
“you suck, Brodus Clay,” but it was so heartfelt and so angry, and I just look
at him and I was like “My Bad!” and the whole place just laughed. Then I asked,
“Should I get him?” and then it was just on. But then I kind of got away from
that, not necessarily on the house shows, but on TV, because some of the guys
saw it as being disrespectful.
On the independent scene: I think times are changing. I think the times of
one company having the grip… having one company running everything… I think
are changing. Small places are starting to become territories again. You never
know. I think it’s a good time for wrestling in general.
On his dolphin activism in
Japan: If you haven’t seen the movie
“The Cove,” please check it out. It’s an Academy Award winning documentary.
There is a slaughter that goes on every year there where they herd dolphins
behind a cove and they take the ones they are going to bring to Sea World and
all of the other amusement parks around the world, and then the ones left over
are slaughtered and sold for meat which is really a horrible thing. Next to us,
the dolphin is the most family-oriented and intellectual animal on the planet.
Their families are stronger than ours and their intelligence is still being
measured. There’s just no reason for it. So we’re going out there to educate and
get more eyes of the world to see that this is something that doesn’t need to be
happening… I’m a typical guy. I eat meat, I eat steak, but at the same time
there are certain things that just don’t make sense.
His storyline with Xavier Woods: Honestly, I knew about as much as you guys
did about the whole process, to be honest with you. I was already frustrated and
the walls of communication had already broken down between me and creative. I
don’t think anyone really benefited from that angle. It was just confusing. It
was just one of those things, and obviously it led to the release. It was just
weird. The only good thing was that I got to get my hands on R-Truth, and
getting a chance to work him, and my match with him was one of my favorites that
I’ve had in a while, so I enjoyed that very much. But I didn’t get a chance to
have a big feud and I think the fans were confused and they felt that I was
robbed. It was a weird kind of deal.