Brodus Clay Talks His First WWE Release, Tommy Dreamer's Influence, Sandow, More

Brodus Clay Talks His First WWE Release, Tommy Dreamer's Influence, Sandow, More

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Brodus Clay sat down with Brian Soscia and his radio show recently. Here are some highlights from the interview.

If he understands Damien Sandow's vocabulary: "Actually, I do. The Funkasaurus is on point with the language. What's funny is they say that Rhodes Scholars, there's two of them, right, have you ever noticed that Cody Rhodes never says anything witty? He just kind of looks at Sandow and goes, yeah. He doesn't say anything. Sandow will drop these Thespian bombs and Cody will kind of look at him, can I talk now, and he [Sandow] will give him a look, and then [mimicking Cody] "yeah." Or he'll say you're welcome and then Sandow will give him a dirty look like don't say my words. There's some dissension in that name. Whereas my team's named Tons of Funk. It represents just that. Myself, Sweet T, the Funkadactyls. It's a lot of fun and we're unified and focused."

His feelings on his and Tensai's transitions from monster heel to face that kids love: "To be honest with you, the angry guy gets old fast. I mean, how long can you be mad? That, I'm unapproachable and I'm so tough and angry that I'm going to hurt everybody I think is a real turn off to fans. I mean, there's some diehards that want monsters and stuff because they want to be monsters and they can't. Honestly, when I look at great performers and great athletes, they always had tremendous charisma and there's no reason why if I have it I shouldn't use it. When you come out, if you look at someone like Shaquille O'Neil, perfect example. Here's a guy who just had his jersey retired. When tipoff came he was a beast, straight business. But before tipoff, interviews, entrances he was goofy, silly, makes you want to laugh, approachable. Apollo Creed [laughter]. He actually only won one match in the entire series, but everyone remembers his entrances and his death scene, which inspired Rocky."

Who his influence was when he first started getting into wrestling: "I was discovered by Tommy Dreamer. When Wrestlemania was in Los Angeles, he had brought a few wrestlers with him to dinner. When I was not a body guard, I was a substitute teacher during the day, I was bounced clubs at night and yeah, I was working. I worked like every other week for Snoop. At a place called Saddle Ranch. I ran security there. So I would check in and make sure everyone was working and doing their thing. They [Dreamer and guests] came in and I was a huge fan my whole life. So as soon as I saw Tommy Dreamer and those guys I wouldn't let them wait in line. I brought them in and put them up on the stage, VIP service, I bought their first round of drinks and their food and I took care of them. A fight broke out by two of the smallest guys. It was like children. I walked over and was like fellas, laughing, guys seriously, stop. They both hit me. It was like [knocks lightly on the table]. I may or may not have quite possibly butted heads together. As they fell I picked them up by their belts, I call it suitcasing them, and carried them out. Tommy came running up to assist me actually. I was like, you are not helping me, [imitating Dreamer's voice] no no no, I used to do this. I know what I'm doing. So that was cool. We shook hands and then he was like hey, you should be doing this with us. I said yeah right, you guys ain't hiring. He was all well actually, I'm in charge of talent, and I was like oh okay, you don't have to say all this, I appreciate you. We exchanged numbers, a few weeks later he gave me a call and said you're flying to Atlanta for a tryout. I was like that's awesome, yeah right. Next thing I know I was in Atlanta for a tryout and then they gave me an opportunity."

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