AEW Star, who is one of the most unique and unorthodox wrestlers in the world today, Sonny Kiss, was recently a guest on the Talk Is Jericho podcast with top AEW Star Chris Jericho. Kiss talked about how he started in AEW and Brandi Rhodes contacting Kiss for Double or Nothing.
Kiss On Brandi Rhodes Contacting Him
“So Brandi slid into my DMs. I always say it like that.” “It’s just always so funny. She messaged me, ‘Hi Sonny. It’s nice to meet you. We would like you to come to a show. Are you signed anywhere?’ I was like yes, but I could still do other bookings.”
Sonny Kiss then talked about the contract situation in Lucha Underground, saying that they were only making around $4,000 a year and it is so bad that he couldn’t pay his bills.
Kiss On His Lucha Underground Contract
“It was a nightmare. We were probably maybe making four grand a year.” “We couldn’t sign anywhere else at all. There were times I couldn’t pay my cellphone bill. I couldn’t contribute to my rent. It was bad.”
Sonny Kiss then revealed that he was amongst the last to get out of his contact with Lucha Underground and Cody Rhodes making sure that he was still there until Dynamite started.
Kiss On Cody Helping Him
“They were amongst the first to get out though. I was amongst the last.” “Cody was like, ‘don’t worry. We’re still gonna book you to the moon. We’ll make sure you’re still here’ which was great. I really appreciate him for that. January was when they announced AEW. I didn’t get the contract until TV happened.”
Sonny Kiss then talked about never having a conversation with Brandi Rhodes on if she has watched Lucha Underground and was impressed by him. Sonny Kiss also talked about thinking that he was being contacted for ALL IN 2 and not knowing at AEW will be a promotion.
Kiss On Brandi Rhodes And Lucha Underground
“I don’t know. We never had that conversation.” “She just DM’d me on Instagram. I’m actually thinking it was gonna be All In 2. I actually didn’t know AEW was a thing back then. I just knew it was an event that was happening in Vegas, and I’m thinking alright this is just All In 2. This is not gonna be a promotion. Then they announced it in January, and I was like holy snap. Whoa.”
Sonny Kiss then talked about his match entrances with cheerleaders being a tradition at this point and that he was the one who created the dance choreography.
Kiss On His Cheerleader Entrances
“It’s tradition now at this point.” “[I did] at Fight For the Fallen last year. Then T.K. [Tony Khan] and Cody were like let’s do it again this year. I did want to amp it up a little bit. It was a big match for me obviously, so I had to get the big choreography with the big match.”
“Last year they only gave us a half hour [to prepare]. This year we had a little more time with a couple more rehearsed. Last year we only rehearsed it once. This time we rehearsed it a couple of times on the stage. I’ve been choreographing moves since I was eight years old.”