AEW Chief Brand Officer, Brandi Rhodes revealed how she became a WWE announcer, almost by accident in an interview with Bleacher Report.
“About a week into training at FCW, I went to one of the local shows, and they were asking who could do the ring announcing since the normal guy wasn’t there. All the girls were freaking out and didn’t want to do it, and I was like, ‘You guys know I am a broadcast journalist, right?’ So I did it, and the next thing I know, [Senior Vice President of Talent Relations] John Laurinaitis called and said, ‘Hey, you’re on the road.’ I told him I only did it one time at this little show in Florida, and he said, ‘It’s OK, kid. You’ll be good.’ The next week I went and announced in front of 10,000 people, which was pretty terrifying.”
Rhodes began announcing duties on WWE television in May 2011. She was given the new moniker of Eden Stiles when she debuted in NXT, on July 11, 2011.
On May 24, 2016, Rhodes and her husband Cody left WWE. In 2019, they formed AEW with fellow members of The Elite.
You can see Rhodes each Wednesday night on Dynamite and on her YouTube show, A Shot of Brandi.