Somebody call my momma!Brodus Clay
(real name George Murdoch) is a professional wrestler formerly employed by WWE
between 2011 and 2014. Originally, he was featured as a bodyguard for Alberto Del Rio
. Due to him filming a movie at the time, he was taken off of TV for a few months and was dropped as Del Rio's bodyguard. He returned and began Squashing
on WWE's online-exclusive show WWE Superstars
. After nine consecutive squash victories on Superstars
, WWE ran vignettes promoting his return to television on the November 7, 2011 episode of Raw
. However, Clay's television return was continuously delayed by authority figure John Laurinaitis
to be "next week", with this trend continuing all the way into January 2012. Clay made his television return on the January 9, 2012 episode of Raw
as a face with a fun-loving, funk dancing gimmick, with the nickname "The Funkasaurus". Then accompanied by the The Funkadactyls
Naomi and Cameron and announced as hailing from "Planet Funk", Clay incorporated gyrations and dance moves into his various squash wins on both Raw
Brodus Clay did not stop wrestling after being let go by WWE, having been seen in North East Wrestling, the UK's Varsity Pro Wrestling and TNA
(where you can call him Tyrus
), among other promotions. He has since won the Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling Heavyweight Championship.
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"MR. BRODUS CLAY'S TROPES!":
- Abhorrent Admirer: After Aksana and Tamina had both become single they tried to eliminate and replace the Funkadactyls on WWE Main Event.
- Acrofatic: 350+ pounds and can still perform high cross body slams. In TNA, Shark Boy was negatively contrasted against Tyrus, as Shark Boy had gotten fat and not retained any of his ability to perform acrobatic, nor any of his stamina, letting Tyrus easy defeat him.
- Ambiguously Bi: Seems pretty cool with his pair of female backup dancers. But there's something to be said for the fact that anytime one of his opponents has attempted to put him in a hold, his response has been (despite his strength) to gyrate his hips and thrust his pelvis until the guy got so uncomfortable he had to let him go.
- Big Fun: As the Funkasaurus.
- Boring but Practical: And running splash might be one of the more boring (technically speaking) finishers in WWE to date, but there's something to be said for jumping and throwing all near-four hundred pounds of yourself onto an opponent's chest. And that 'something said' is usually a 3-count.
- The Brute: A Genre Savvy subversion. He did fit this perfectly as a heel, though.
- Canon Discontinuity: WWE doesn't acknowledge that Clay was a contestant on WWE NXT or a bodyguard of Alberto Del Rio's. In fact, when he moved over to Raw, WWE hyped his return as his debut.
- Captain Ersatz: Of King Hippo,◊ of all things. The Miz was quick to point this out when forced to fight him.
- Calling Your Attacks: "SHEEE-plex, baby!"
- Dance Battler: His Funkasaurus gimmick was this.
- Death from Above: His finisher is a running splash to a downed opponent. Let's put that into perspective - a guy that's about 375 pounds goes airborne and lands on the chest of whatever poor sap happens to be fighting him that day. Ouch.
- His double team finisher with "Sweet T" Tensai? A double splash tipping the scales at over 750 pounds. Double ouch.
- Demoted to Extra: Went undefeated for several months after his Raw debut, including defeating Dolph Ziggler on PPV. And then he was barely on TV at all, and when he was, he usually was on the losing end. Then he teamed up with Tensai as Tons of Funk and averted this for a while. Then Tons of Funk worfed for The Wyatt Family, Clay turned heel on Tensai - returned to NXT, did nothing of note, and was released.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After a long period of Jobbing, he beat Tensai in a dance-off. A couple of weeks later, Tensai turned face and the two began teaming - and dancing - together.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: He is billed as "The Funkasaurus".
- Expy: Of Rikishi, though the Funkadactyls were originally called the "Funkettes," which was the name of Flash Funk's dancers before that part of his gimmick was dropped.
- Four Moves Of Doom: In the early goings of his career on WWE, his matches have ended with a sequence of: Running Headbutt, Exploder Suplex, Corner Splash, and then his Finishing Move.
- Finishing Move: A running splash called "Splat!".
- Friend to All Children: As a face. His wins tend to end with about a half dozen or more kids dancing alongside him and the backup girls in the ring, which is straight out of the Junkyard Dog.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar/Don't Explain the Joke: His finishing move (a leaping cross body) was called, "Ah, Funk It". Yeah. Let's see how long that name sticks in the PG Era.
- Double Subverted. After about a week, they changed the finisher name again. Now it's called "What The Funk?"...which is, if anything, even less subtle than the first one.
- He no longer uses the crossbody, having traded it for a running splash called "Splat!".
- Gratuitous Disco Sequence: The Funkasaurus's entrance is one, with disco music, a disco ball and Brodus dancing with the Funkadactyls. Some of his pay per view appearances made the whole thing even more elaborate.
- Heel Face Return: Though, originally they were going to explain it. Apparently, his Funkasaurus gimmick actually had a link between the monster heel promos and his current form. Clay would have debuted the monster heel gimmick but would turn on Laurinitis (for stalling his debut for so long) and later debut the dancing gimmick.
- It's All About Me: Which eventually started his heel turn and broke up Tons Of Funk.
- Kiai: SHHHHHEEEEEAAAA.
- LARGE HAM: Emphasis on the "large"...and the "ham."
- Hammy Herald: At most, there are a handful of entrances on WWE's main roster that bring the hog like Brodus Clay's...and that's saying a lot. To be specific, instead of the standard, "Hailing from [Place Name], weighing in at [such-and-such amount], [Red Baron] [NAME OF WRESTLER]" intro, a disco ball comes down from the ceiling and an offscreen announcer says, "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE WELCOME THE ONLY LIVING, BREATHING, ROMPING STOMPING FUNKASAURUS IN CAPTIVITY, MR. BRODUS CLAY!"
- Let's Get Dangerous: If Brodus Clay comes down to the ring and is not dancing on the way, you can be well assured that he is pissed off.
- Lightning Bruiser: Moves around the ring way faster than should be allowed for a man of his size and build.
- Meaningful Name: The original name for his finisher was called the "Fall of Humanity." As mentioned before, it's a running high cross body done by a 360-pound man. Do the math on that one.
- It also alluded to his general monstrousness back then.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Urban Assault did not treat G-rilla very well in Deep South Wrestling.
- Nice Hat: A crusher cap with a curved brim
- Parts Unknown: Originally "The Concrete Jungle," now "Planet Funk"
- Perky Female Minion: Has a pair of them. R-Truth notably had to ask him for their services.
- Power Stable: Urban Assault, technically, though they didn't really do much for him. Polynesian Power Package with Donny Marlow, Jimmy Uso, Jules Uso and Tamina Snuka was a much straighter example.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: His old gimmick in Deep South Wrestling was called "G-rilla" and portrayed a gangsta thug.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His motivation as a heel.
- Screw Yourself: Accidentally alluded to, to the groans of the Funkadactyls, but quickly corrected during Gamerlive TV's coverage of WWE 13.
- Shout-Out: Took the name Brodus Clay as one to the man he once guarded, Calvin Cordozar Broadus...otherwise known as Snoop Dogg.
- His Tag Team in FCW the Colossal Connection, to the WWE team of the same name from 1989-1990 made up of André the Giant and Haku, as his partner Donny Marlow, now known on WWE SmackDown as Camacho, is Haku's son, Tevita Fifita.
- Small Name, Big Ego: His 2013 Face-Heel Turn has him referring to himself as a "main event playa," even though he hadn't even been seen on TV, let alone won a match, in months.
- Stout Strength: There's a clip on Youtube of Clay during his days as Snoop Dogg's bodyguard benching 600+ lbs.
- Tag Team:
- (In WWE's Georgia developmental promotion Deep South Wrestling): Urban Assault, with Afa Jr., Sonny Siaki and Eric Perez.
- (In WWE's Florida developmental promotion FCW): the Colossal Connection, with Donny Marlow
- Tons of Funk, with Tensai.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On NXT Brodus gave one to Ted DiBiase to explain why he was no longer accepting him as his pro and moving over to Alberto Del Rio.
- The Rival
- G-rilla's was 7ft Giant Titan in Revived Florida Championship Wrestling. It was mostly an indirect rivalry, as Titan spent more time with other Floridian companies G-rilla couldn't appear on due to his WWE contract, but they did face off against one another and tag together a few times.
- Tons of Funk's was Three MB, Heath Slater in particular for Brodus Clay, as they had wrestled many times prior.
- The Worf Effect: His first loss was to put over Big Show's new attitude, while Tons of Funk served this trope to put over the Wyatt Family.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After been Put on a Bus, due to sustaining an injury while attempting to help Alberto Del Rio win the World Heavyweight Title, he started having Squash Matches on WWE Superstars and then finally getting a promo that he was coming to Raw. Only to have Laurinaitis calling him on a weekly basis telling him, he'll be having a match the next week ... that is until January 9, 2012 when he came back as the Funkasaurus.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Got a pretty sizable one on the 11/29/13 Smackdown, when he beat up rookie Xavier Woods for 'stealing' the Funkadactyls after giving Woods permission to let them accompany him to ringside for a match. Then he hit a diving splash from the second rope at the end of the match that he doesn't normally perform. (See Death from Above for why this wasn't good for Woods.) Not even the Funkadactyls themselves were entirely cool with it, and the victory 'dance' at the end was noticeably forced and awkward.
- Properly Paranoid: Maybe so, as Woods essentially ended up taking Clay's girls, entrance music, and entire gimmick less than a month later.