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Brodus Clay comments on the idea for Funkasaurus



Brodus Clay did an interview with CT.com – here is an exert:

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.



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6 Responses

  1. Ian says:

    So he went from bad ass monster to dumb ass Flash Funk rip off.

  2. ironFNMaiden says:

    So wait…….the backstage is so backwards right now that they tell the talent to do whatever they want? I’m for authority while maintaining an amount of mutual respect and interest among the workers, but “i don’t care, call yourself whatever” is a terrible way of allowing that……this explains some of the issues in the company to say the least.

  3. The Wordman says:

    @ IronFNMaiden, that’s almost exactly the same thing that happened with Stone Cold Steve Austin. He had the idea for his character, pitched it to creative, and they thought up some ridiculous names like Chilly McFreeze. The writers said they were busy and told SA to figure something out on his own. He did and came up with Stone Cold.

  4. Kyle Christie says:

    I ain’t believing that he got to make that up on his own and just tell the announcer what to say. I thought everything had to go by Vince before it went on air.

  5. Deathedge says:

    @IronFNMaiden

    Atleast he didn’t call himself the funky monkey or something cliche.

    I would of called my self “Disco Duck” and tell the writer to hit that same song for my debut… but that’s just me.

  6. X-Pac says:

    This is a lie. He didnt just make it up before he went out there. WWE would never let anyone do that these days. He is just embarassed and that is the best excuse he could come up with. Why does he want us to believe he doesn’t take his wrestling character/gimmick/life serious? It’s not a joke, he should’ve come up with something good.

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