Welcome to our new Q&A series called ‘The 9 Count’ where we pose nine questions to the new faces of Scottish professional wrestling. Whether they are trainees or just making their way out in the big world of professional wrestling, we give you the chance to find out more about the future of Scottish wrestling.
In this debut edition, we contacted Brodie Adler, who has recently made her Fierce Females debut.
What is your first memory of professional wrestling and what got you hooked?
My first memory/brush with pro wrestling was on 17th April 2010. A lot of my friends and peers talk about loving wrestling when they were little but I honestly never knew about it until I was about 18/19. A friend of mine’s band was playing at a show in Maryhill and offered me to come along. It, of course, turned out to be a wrestling show and I just fell in love with it then and there. I knew about WWE and had seen the odd show but I hadn’t seen it like this, and seeing women like Nikki Storm, Kay Lee Ray, Carmel and Sara was amazing because I hadn’t really seen any women’s wrestling. After this I started watching Raw and Smackdown and all the PPVs and then started attending ICW shows in Glasgow. From there my love and passion for wrestling got stronger and I became so infatuated with it.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up and who are your favourites now?
Becoming a fan from 2010 meant my favourite wrestlers were more current (I’ll admit I’m still playing catch up on wrestling from Ruthless Aggression and Attitude Era etc!). My favourite wrestlers when I started watching were CM Punk, Edge and Randy Orton. It has changed though. My favourite wrestler is Mikey Whiplash hands down. I think it’s awesome seeing how broad his work is. One day he can be in a death match being put through sheets of glass and the next he is coming out to Flo Rida and winding up kids, I love it! I’m a big Kevin Owens fan too, I love his in ring work but he is such a good talker. Some of his stuff in PWG is just so much fun to watch. Rhea Ripley is probably my newest favourite wrestler. It’s been so cool watching her climb the ranks too, she carries herself so well and is just always great to watch.
What are your top three matches of all time and why?
CM Punk vs John Cena – MITB 2011. I’m sure this is a common go to but it is awesome. The match in general was really cool to watch, but the emotion riding behind this along with the hometown crowd for Punk really amped this up. Its just one of my go to matches if I was to show a new fan.
Asuka vs Ember Moon – NXT Takeover Brooklyn 3. It was just such a magnificent match. So many close calls I don’t know how many times I jumped. I can’t get enough of both these women so seeing them head to head is always great!
Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate – NXT Takeover Chicago 2017. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a match with any of British Strong Style that I didn’t love. The pace of the match, the connection between competitors, it all just made it such a good match, and the crowd really contributed. Plus, the speed on that airplane spin…. goodness me!
What made you decide to start training to be a wrestler?
In all honesty it never really crossed my mind to be a wrestler, simply because the idea of a wrestling school hadn’t crossed my mind. My friend Shughsey asked me to come to a class with him one day at Source Wrestling School, and it was great. Lewis Girvan was the trainer that evening and everyone welcomed me with open arms, so I came back the next week and the next week…. but I really sucked, I was not good! I ended up picking up a work injury and couldn’t go back but when the Source Women’s Class was announced for June 2016 I went back and started getting a real buzz for training. I enjoy training a lot but I honestly never thought I would get to debut. Seeing some of the talent in the UK along with issues with my size I didn’t think it was possible, but the coaches at Source have done so much for me and really helped me get to a point where I could be in front of a crowd, and I cant thank them enough.
What have you found to be the hardest part about training?
Wrestling training is very physically and mentally demanding. The card workouts and drills are mega tough but when you get through them it feels great! Mentally it can be a lot. You need to put in a lot of time training, then there is flyering and postering for shows, building the ring at shows and working either security or merch etc. and breaking down at the end of the night. This is just as important a part of training as learning how to wrestle. Mentally I found it very hard at times. If I had a bad class or felt I couldn’t keep up it always affected me, but I have a good support system in Source.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to your first day of training?
Look after yourself and don’t worry about what people may think. I was always very nervous in training because of my weight. I would sometimes be the heaviest person in the class and was the ‘big girl’ of the school, so I worried a lot about other trainees not being able to work with me. It took me a long time to be okay with my size and now I can use it to my advantage.
Who would be your dream opponent, past or present?
I always wanted to debut against Jayla Dark, so Jayla is still definitely up there for me. My dream opponents change all the time so right now I would have to say Rhea Ripley.
Do you have any short/long term goals in your wrestling career, be it wrestling for a certain company or at a certain venue?
I am honestly playing this by ear just now. I debuted in November last year so I feel like I am still settling in. I would love to wrestle up and down the country though. Long term goals for me would be to wrestle for ICW and/or Progress. I have been a huge fan of Pro Wrestling EVE and Fierce Females for a while now so my main goal for the next year or two was to debut for both of these companies. So with my recent FF debut my next main goal is to be on an EVE show.
And finally, where can we find you on social media?
Thank you to Brodie for taking the time to answer The 9 Count.
Photo credit Elaine Wilson