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Brandi Rhodes speaks on leaving Nightmare Collective


Brandi Rhodes spoke to Bryan Alvarez and Mike Sempervive on today’s Wrestling Observer Live, which you can hear below:

Rhodes spoke at length about the Nightmare Collective storyline, saying that the concept and idea behind it all changed from the original idea of her managing Awesome Kong. She said there were never plans for a Nightmare Collective, as the idea was for her to manage Kong, who wanted a new look and wanted to cut off people's hair.

However, Kong, as Rhodes put it, “wasn’t feeling great.” After a discussion, plans were then set in motion for the Nightmare Collective to form, which would include Mel and Dr. Luther. But things didn't go as planned.

“I started to see that the music was not playing how I liked it,” she said. “I didn’t feel it.”

Rhodes said that she and audience members were on the same page with storylines that were going too fast without any explanation. She said that she made changes, making a series of videos explaining the storyline further and going as far as hiring the actress who played the therapist herself.

Her going to Cody’s aid last week, she said, was meant as the end of her involvement in the Nightmare Collective, though she explained the situation with Mel and Luther is still open.

“I’m good with it now,” she said. “I hope fans are good with it now. And I hope whatever goes on forward from that, they know that this is something that’s an open creative thing.”

Brandi also talked about speaking at the NATPE convention, what she wanted to do growing up, the Cody Rhodes strapping segment that took place last week on Dynamite and more.