-- AEW Chief Brand Officer & Deadly Draw entrant Brandi Rhodes talked to Christy Olson, in a revealing interview released today. Explaining how she balances behind-the-scenes duties with her role as one-half of the Nightmare Sisters, Cody's wife gives an inside look at everything going down on AEW Dynamite. Excerpts are below...
[02:20] Details of the AEW's Women's Tag Team Cup Tournament: "Wednesday that's all going to be crystal clear. We're going to explain how the teams come together and then you might see a team or two come together. So it's going to be a fun episode, definitely wouldn't miss that if you are interested in the tag team cup tournament. So we'll leave you in a little bit of suspense."
[03:35] Brandi gives an interesting hint about the Deadly Draw teams: "There is the factor that [the Nightmare Sisters] could maybe not be together in the tournament, since that hasn't been clear. So we will also see on Wednesday with the rules what that means for the Nightmare Sisters. I'm honestly hoping that we are together, because again, I feel like we've just gotten our footing so it would be kind of sad to tear us apart at this point."
[04:40] On reports the Deadly Draw will be an annual Women's tournament: "I think that's how you look at a lot of things. You try things, you see how they go. I, of course, am very hopeful that this tournament is something that can continue to happen as it's going to bring great opportunities to a lot of women who don't normally get to be seen on Dynamite or on AEW Dark as often as we'd like to."
[08:55] If Brandi was involved in deciding how AEW would handle #SpeakingOut: "That was kind of a first run for us, in a scenario like that. So a lot of people had hands on deck for that. There was a lot of very open-minded discussion on how we should handle things. A lot of the legal department had hands in helping with that, and a big part of the PR department. We're lucky to be working with some people who are vets in the industry for twenty, thirty years, so they're able to weigh in opinions. It was interesting to navigate as a first real, 'This is a big situation, it's greater than us. How do we look at this?' I think we handled it very well, considering the circumstances, and it's hopefully something people have learned a lot from."
[10:15] The lasting effects of #SpeakingOut at AEW: "I had a conversation with a lot of our women after that and just said, 'Hey, I'm glad that this happened so that you know these are the people that you come to if you ever have any kind of issue or concern, or maybe feel a certain way, you've got all these resources available to you.' It's nice in wrestling to hear that, because in the past there was none of that."
[10:40] How the industry has changed: "I remember being in situations where a situation would arise and I would worry, if I do say something, you know, is my job in jeopardy? Now women know that's not the case anymore, which is so comforting."
[13:15] On fans' DMs: "There's a limit to what I can handle of people sending me pictures of their genitalia. So I'm not open publicly to DMs anymore."
[14:35] Having Jon Moxley on her show: "You just don't know what to expect with him. You don't know what you're going to get. I mean, I've known him for a long time. But some days he's really chatty. Some days he's not. Some days he's drinking. Some days he's not. The way that he came into that kitchen and just took the whole thing over was just so unexpected."