Brodus Clay Talks His WWE Release, His Debut Constantly Being Pushed, His 'Hall Of Pain' Idea
Working with Alberto Del Rio:
Alberto was a class act. My nickname for him is El Presidente. He just carries himself in such a way. His knowledge is incredible. We always got along as I had appreciation of the business and he had a great lineage of the business. I was just a sponge around him. The same with Ricardo Rodriguez as he just really did not get enough credit in my opinion because he could be like a Paul Heyman. Just the way he carries himself whether when he's in the ring or in a match... he knows what you are going to do before you're going to do it. You can look to him for confidence. It was a no lose situation but a great situation for me to ne in. I think our time was short but it was a great experience.
Why his debut kept getting delayed for almost two months:
You know, I would love to tell you. But to be honest with you I was coming into work everyday and thinking, "is today going to be the day? Today is the day alright. Today is not the day alright, today is not the day alright." I honestly think they just did not know whether to let me be the monster or let me be the Funkasaurus. For a while it was going to be Heavy G. but no one wants to be called Heavy G when you're dieting and doing your thing. That is the last thing you want to have. I actually came up with Funkasaurus. When me and Rob were at "Hard Knocks" working out we came up with Funkasaurus. Fortunately the writer was tired and I said, "can I call myself Funkasaurus?" He said, "what? Yeah alright, cool, whatever! You're not debuting tonight anyway." Ladies and gentleman from the Plant Funk. You could have heard a pin drop in that arena that night. It was the first time in a long time in wrestling that we actually kept something a secret.
His version of the Hall of Pain gimmick and if it mirrored Mark Henry' version:
Completely different. Here is the thing, we pitch ideas all the time. At the time I was Brodus Clay and we decided to go a whole different direction with the Funkasaurus. Mark is every bit of a super destroyer. He is the world strongest man. Mark is a world of pain for anybody. Here is the thing, when you have an idea and it is just an idea, it is something on a piece of paper. If someone takes it and makes it their own, they make it something new then it is not yours anymore. So I never felt like he took anything from me because I would not have done it the same way he did.
His WWE release:
I was driving to go train at Hard Knox. I got a phone call and they were like, "I think you know why we are calling." I am like, "ok." We discussed a few things and I thanked them for their time. We parted ways and that was it. Visit Wrestling Inc. Then I looked online and on Twitter and it started blowing up. So I made a statement and as far as I was concerned, I was going to finish my day. I did not want people to be all negative and all like, "I am so sorry." There is people that had really bad mornings and I wasn't one of them. I had one of the greatest jobs in the world, but that is not the end of the world. There's people out that don't know if their child is going to make it out of the hospital or not. Also may not know where their next meal is coming from. There is people that had some bad days. Like
nobody wants to lose their job. They way I look at it. You can break bread or play dead. Only you can close doors or burn bridges. I don't think I have done anything to do that.
More is contained in this great conversation including Brodus thoughts on working with Adrian Neville on NXT, opponents he didn't get a chance to face, becoming a bodyguard for Snoop Dogg, his days in Deep South, FCW, the importance of not burning bridges and more. You can watch the full interview above.
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