– Brandi Rhodes chatted with TribLive ahead of AEW heading to Pittsburgh on Oct. 23. Highlights are below.
On Pittsburgh: “Pittsburgh has always been fantastic for wrestling. Its just one of those towns thats really passionate about it. Weve always seen really great shows coming from Pittsburgh, and the fans are amazing. It was definitely one of the first cities we wanted to hit. I dont think too many people were surprised Pittsburgh was in the early rollout. Also, we do have a really popular native Pittsburgh wrestler on the roster, Britt Baker. I think a lot of people are excited to see her in her hometown.”
On Britt Baker Returning To Pittsburgh: “Oh yes. Im sure she will be represented really well. She got her degree steps away from where were going to be, so it will be sentimental for her and should be a nice moment. Britt has always been on the cusp of doing something different. Shes a very talented wrestler, and shes had a lot options in her career and life. The path she wanted to take is the one of the disruptor, and thats who we are. AEW is kind of a rebel group making a lot of noise. From the first show we all did together, All In, before AEW was formed where we sold out Sears Center in Chicago which was first time in many years a rogue group like us could sell out over 10,000 seats and Britt was one of those ladies who really rallied to be part of the show. She was a core element of that show. Shes in line with our thinking and how we want to present our brand, so she was just the perfect woman to be the first announced.”
On NXT: “I definitely cant speak for them and their business planning and thinking, but as far as AEW is concerned were all for it. We are excited to be on Wednesday night. Weve got amazing things lined up. We cant wait to get to air. Were actually on the TNT campus right now with a ton of meetings and going over all sorts of aspects of rolling into Oct. 2. Its a wild and great time for everyone. Our fans are going to be shocked, satiated and I think they will keep coming back for more.”
On TNT: “All of that was the handiwork of Tony Khan and his relationship with Kevin Reilly (President of TNT/TBS). It was their vision and worked hard to make it happen. We were kind of on the back end of that to make sure we are supplying best on our wrestling shows and content. Tony and Kevin worked behind the scenes to made it all come together. It is serendipitous to be on TNT almost 20 years later, kind of in a similar position. Its cool to see it all come full circle, and it feels just right.”