Traci Brooks recently did an interview with James Guttman of ClubWWI.com where she discussed TNA, her marriage and more.
Here are highlights from the interview:
Whether she was instilling "Knockout Law" on the female TNA stars or battling her evil boss Robert Roode, Traci Brooks has always given fans something to remember. You've gawked at her looks, now listen to what she has to say as Miss Brooks opens up about a ton of topics including her short-lived TNA Knockout Law gimmick, her memorable feud with Robert Roode, why she enjoyed managing Roode so much, going to WWE, the former WWE World Champion who trained her on her first day, the quote she doesn't want James to use as a headline, the unscripted granny panty angle/rib she played mid-match, interacting with fans on Twitter @TheTraciBrooks, and tons more.
Traci Brooks is known for many major storylines and angles in TNA. One story that fans still talk about is her split with Robert Roode and on-air save from Frank Kazarian. The emotional moment had real life significance as Traci and Kazarian are married outside the ring. As James Guttman points out, many times marriages in wrestling can be rough and rocky, but Brooks and Kaz always seem happy and many who know them describe their relationship as positive. Guttman asks Traci what the secret to their happiness is and she explains to Club WWI members:
"Just be best friends. He's my best friend. It's that simple. He's my best friend and you're understanding to your best friend. So you just understand. Be best friends. Everyone gets caught up in the word love and stuff, but it takes more than love. It's friendship and understanding and respect for each other. I also think it's easier because I understand the road too, so it's a lot easier. Our schedules are so busy that we appreciate the time we have together. Sometimes, we don't see each other every day."
JG points out what a good outlook that is to have and it seems to turn what many people perceive to be a negative into something positive. Traci agrees:
"It's funny because my girlfriends that have been married for ten years that see their husbands every day and work normal 9-5 jobs, they're like, 'I wish my husband would go overseas for a week.' I'm like, 'I wish my husband would be home for a week.' It's funny. You understand and appreciate because you're best friends with someone."
Another topic discussed is dropped storylines. Brooks had some moments in the company that seemed to stop abruptly. She talks about them including her quick TNA Knockout Law gimmick. James points out that one of TNA's biggest strengths is sometimes a drawback - abundance of talent. With so many stars looking for a place to work, it sometimes seems like there are too many big names for TNA to focus on. Because of this, angles and storylines can get sent to the backburner too soon. The two discuss what can be done about that and as the Club WWI interview continues, Brooks gives a unique view on what they need:
"Yeah. I just wish TNA would get another show. I think, hands down, TNA has some of the best talent. I really do. I love the fact that they're doing the whole 'wrestling matters" thing because it's the exact opposite of the other company and I think it's really neat. They just need more time. I think that's all TNA needs is just another show."
Guttman thinks about it and agrees with this idea. He points out WWE's use of Smackdown and Raw to showcase more talent and it seems that with TNA's huge talent reservoir, they would be able to fill two shows easily and help pace things out better. However, as Traci points out, the viewing habits of wrestling fans have just changed in general and some won't be pleased no matter what. From her days growing up as fan to today, there seems to be too much information and too many fans basing their viewing off of what they read rather than what they see on TV. She explains her point:
"I used to want to sit in front of the TV and be amused and be happy and watch the show and not think. I just don't understand why people don't do that. You should watch it because it makes you happy."
Guttman asks if it has more to do with society today than wrestling. Before the year 2000, you looked forward to wrestling all week. Today, with Youtube and unlimited shows whenever you want, it seems that fans have sometimes watched too much of something before it even airs on TV.
"Yeah. Absolutely. It's spoilers. Because you read the spoilers and think, "I don't want to watch this." Or they fast forward it through Tivo. Yes, I know the Internet is here and we can't do anything about it. But sometimes I wish the dirtsheets would go away - not that I have a problem with the dirtsheets. I'm just saying that sometimes it ruins it. I just want people to turn the show on at 9 o'clock…and just watch it and just watch what happens without knowing the results of the matches. But you can't do anything about it. They can't throw out every person (in the arena) writing it down on a phone or on a laptop. It's here, so we have to deal with it, unfortunately."
However, there's a difference between smart fans and bitter ones. As the subject comes to a close in her ClubWWI.com shoot, Traci poses a question that all fans should ask themselves at one point or another -
"If you're not a wrestling fan and it doesn't bring you happiness or emotion like it should, why watch it?"
It doesn't end there. There's tons more to the 31 minute interview with Traci Brooks and you can hear it all right now, along with hundreds of other stars the second you sign up on ClubWWI.com including AJ Styles, Jerry Lawler , R-Truth, Kharma, Boogeyman, and many others.