CT.com has a new Q&A online with Brodus Clay below is an excerpt:
Q: There was a period in late 2011 where they frequently referenced your impending arrival, but it kept getting delayed. Was it a situation where the delay was planned or your future was in possible jeopardy?
A: My future? No, I don’t think so.
[Chris] Jericho’s imminent return was coming, Kane’s return was coming, The Rock was coming. There were so many other things going on. In the meantime, there were these two personas that I have that are very much who I am. I’m literally split down the middle. I can either be the funniest guy in the room and life of the party, but I also can be the most uncomfortable-looking dude in the room at the same time. [With] the two personas I have, [the creative team] were really just trying to figure out, ‘Which one should he show the world?’ I’m glad [for] the wisdom that I didn’t necessarily understand at the time. Looking back, it was the right decision.
Q: Did you come up with the Funkasaurus idea or did somebody else pitch it to you?
A: Actually, the original nickname that I was told — it scared me to death — was Heavy G. I think the last thing you want to be known as is Heavy anything. No offense to Heavy D — rest his soul. Worked for him, wasn’t really my bag. Rob MacIntyre, who I trained with, was a big reason behind me dropping me a hundred and 50 pounds. Him and I were lifting weights and making jokes, trying to figure out better names. First it was the Funk Monster and then Funk Nasty. Then, he looked at me and [said], ‘Funkasaurus’ and started laughing, and he pitched it.
The writer was like, ‘I’ll get ready [your] debut. What are we going to call you?’ I was like, ‘I don’t want to be Heavy G.’ He was like, ‘Look, man, I’ve got like 12 other things to do. Just call yourself whatever you want to call yourself’ so I told the announcer to call me the Funkasaurus. He looked at me like I was crazy. I’m like, ‘I don’t know why I want to be the Funkasaurus.’ So I got lucky that the swamped writer had other things going on. Luckily, it stuck.
Q: Take me back to the night that you debuted the Funkasaurus in January. What was your mindset like? How much of it was laid out?
A: The week before I was gonna debut, Road Dogg, who has been a huge help and influence, said to me ’cause we were in Memphis, ‘We’ve got to debut tonight. It’s gotta be tonight. We can’t do this in Corpus Christi. They’re gonna boo you out of the building. They’re gonna hate it.’ Time constraints, whatever [happened so] it got cut. [Later,] he comes up to me and he’s like, ‘Corpus Christi is exactly where this needs to happen.’ I had that going in my mindset and started thinking, ‘Nah, it’s not going to happen again.’ Then, I saw a vignette with my name with a disco ball on the door, and my brother texted me and said, ‘Why is there a disco ball with your name on it?’ I didn’t return his text ’til afterwards.
I was in Gorilla [position by the entrance ramp] and I was like, ‘Finally, finally’ since I was chomping at the bit. Got a chance to go out there and could have dropped a pin. Fans were kind of shocked. There was one fan in particular who was dressed up like evil Brodus Clay, and he yelled at me, ‘You suck, Brodus Clay’ [with] a really sad face. I yelled back at him, ‘My bad.’ It wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have gotten ‘My bad.’ Everybody laughed and killed the tension, so it was cool.
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