Brodus Clay Says Funkasaurus is His Favorite Gimmick
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.27.2014
Plus he talks about his dolphin activism and more...
- Brodus Clay appeared on VOC Nation's Pandemonium this week and spot about a variety of topics. Check out the highlights:
On how WWE uses the term "Superstars" instead of "wrestlers": "That's for a tax break & stuff though. We're entertainers. The game has changed. It's a tax break."
On social media in wrestling: "For every 100 tweets, I get maybe there's one that's like that [disrespectful] so I wouldn't trade all of the good stuff on the Internet...Twitter or Facebook & stuff & the people that are fans & they enjoy it. Y'know I'm one of the guys that, if a fans send me a question, 90% of the time, I try to answer it. It's a good tool to stay in touch with the fans. I appreciate it, because, if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have gotten as far as I've gotten. So I appreciate that but, at the same time, it keeps me humble. I enjoy that aspect of that."
On his favorite gimmick he's had: "Funkasaurus. It was a lot of fun. That was a chance to do a character that hadn't been done in a really long time. Probably not since Junkyard Dog. & to bring fans back into the ring, the interaction, to make them part of it, I enjoyed that. That's something that I'm always glad I took that risk. I can be tough any day of the week & honestly, the way in America, if you stare at people, you're automatically tough. That's not really challenging in terms of acting & like, stepping up, & really challenge yourself. Funkasaurus was the character that I had to step out of my shell & really challenge myself & I had a lot of fun doing it."
On being an activist against the slaughtering of dolphins in Japan: "I'm working with the son of Richard Barry. They shot the documentary, The Cove. If you haven't seen that, you really need to check that out. I'm going out there to join with Lincoln & Richard in a protest in the season of the round-up. Like they did with The Cove, I'm doing the same thing. Honestly, we're not going out there to power-bomb Japanese fisherman. The money that they would make doing tours with tourism & the hotels in the city, as a whole, as opposed to one time a year, making money for a small group of people would be astronomical. It would raise the economy in the town & create jobs. It would build prosperity. There's people who want to come see the dolphins. & I think they're missing the boat on that. I'm trying to give them information that the world is watching them, because it's not the way. It's not tradition. It's not like they just started doing that by being taught by another fishing village... it's just guys who are making money. If it's about making money, then there's other ways to make money."
On John Laurinitis: "Mr. Laurinitis hired me. He's always been a great supporter of mine; I enjoyed working with him & I have nothing but love for him. He's a good guy. He did his job."
On his post-WWE schedule: "Busy is a very good feeling & I'm definitely busy."