As AEW’s Chief Brand Officer, Brandi Rhodes certainly has a lot of responsibilities on her shoulders across the whole company.
She is also a strong advocate for equality and is looking to make sure the women in the organisation get a fair shot.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Rhodes discussed why she feels that her role makes her personally accountable, and how she loves being able to help in this way.
If someone doesn’t start somewhere with a charge to bring that equality to the forefront then it’s never going to happen. As much as I’d like to look around and think, ‘well that would be great if someone would do this,’ I’m that person. I have to be accountable and I have to be the one to spearhead some of these missions.
Part of this is why Rhodes started Heels in AEW, a community for female wrestling fans so they don’t feel excluded in what has “always been a man’s sport”.
Rhodes also used the interview to discuss the strength in depth that the women’s division has in AEW, despite circumstances recently getting in the way.
We do have a really talented, diverse base of women to pull from right now and I do see sometimes people saying, ‘oh no, somebody got hurt or this person can’t fly, what are they going to do?’ But we’ve been doing this for going on two months now and navigating it really nicely. So I think once some of these girls get back from some of these injuries and hopefully this pandemic evens out at some point, we’re going to be stronger than ever.
Injuries and the current pandemic are clearly events that can be overcome, and fingers crossed it will not just be the AEW women’s division but wrestling in general which can benefit once these short-term issues end.