Brandi Rhodes, a prominent figure in the world of professional wrestling, has worn many hats throughout her career. However, one of her most notable roles before joining All Elite Wrestling (AEW) was as a ring announcer in WWE.
In a recent interview with "Ring The Belle," she shared the intriguing story of how she stumbled into this role that would shape her wrestling journey. Initially, when Brandi entered WWE's developmental system, the plan was for her to undergo training as a wrestler.
Wrestling was her passion, but destiny had other plans in store. With her background in broadcasting, she found herself in a unique situation during an FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling) live event. The event's announcer was struggling to engage the audience, and Brandi saw an opportunity to make a difference.
"I poked somebody and was like, 'What's ring announcing?'" she recounted. "They were like, 'Oh, it's really annoying — you have to get into the ring, and it's really nerve-wracking; you have to remember all these things.'
I was like, 'I'd like to try it.' "
Brandi's Meteoric Rise
Brandi's curiosity led to a quick opportunity, and she soon found herself in the ring as a ring announcer. Her natural talent and presence caught the attention of those in higher positions, leading to rapid advancement in her new role.
"I got called up on the road two weeks after that, so I was in FCW for I think a month. And then I got called up on the road, and I was fully announcing," she explained. "When I got called to TV, it was a 'Raw.' I had no idea what I was going to be doing because I had been working there for such a short time.
I was like, 'Please, God — don't be wrestling,' because I barely knew how to take a bump." Brandi's journey from an unexpected ring announcer to a prominent figure in the wrestling world showcases her adaptability and dedication to the sport.
Her story is a testament to the unpredictable nature of professional wrestling careers and how seizing opportunities can lead to unexpected and fulfilling paths. As Brandi Rhodes continues to make her mark in AEW and beyond, her journey in the wrestling industry serves as an inspiring tale for aspiring talents and wrestling enthusiasts worldwide.