With a Master's Degree in Broadcasting from the University of Miami, Brandi Rhodes could have chosen a less painful career path. The native Michigander was a proud Wolverine before choosing to further her education. And her education took her around the globe as a ring announcer and backstage correspondent. It also led to her meeting her husband, former ROH World Champion Cody.
But for years, she couldn't shake her own dream: to become a professional wrestler. And not just any professional wrestler. No, Brandi wants to be the very best.
With her Master's Degree, a thriving career as a fashion model and consultant, and a starring role on E! Network's WAGS Atlanta, Brandi looks to expand her growing professional wrestling footprint. And in front of her hometown fans at Atlanta's historic Center Stage, she proved she was ready for the challenge.
Brandi took on "The Gatekeeper" Kelly Klein , a woman who has not been pinned or submitted in over two years. While Brandi was not the first to hand Kelly her first defeat, she was the first to find a way to escape The End of the Match, Kelly's devastating, bout-ending guillotine choke!
Training non-stop at 1 Power Factory while not competing, Brandi is rapidly developing into a skilled competitor and that is not something lost on Brandi.
"Every time I step into that ring I get better," Brandi told ROHWrestling.com. In fact, Brandi sees her current career situation as an advantage in the Women of Honor Championship Tournament. "That should scare some of these girls that haven't had to improve in a long time," Brandi continued.
In a year where Brandi has already made so much history, becoming the first-ever African American female to manage at Wrestle Kingdom and commentate at New Year Dash, Brandi seeks to be at the forefront of even more history. Brandi qualified for the Women of Honor Championship tournament by defeating fellow rookie Stella Grey in Philadelphia, despite heavy taunting bordering on distraction by guest commentator Karen Q.
Does Brandi have what it takes to outlast 15 top international stars and become the first Women of Honor Champion? If her heart is any indication, she's got a fighter's chance!