Alicia Atout discusses working with AEW, Cody Rhodes, AMBY and odd interactions (Exclusive)
Alicia Atout is one of the very best 'on-air personalities' in professional wrestling. The Interview Queen has made the backstage correspondent role her own, working with All Elite Wrestling and Impact Wrestling this year, as well as chatting with the likes of Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, Toni Storm and many others.
But when you're an interviewer, you help tell other people's stories. So, just who is Alicia Atout, and how did she get started in the wrestling business?
Well, Atout has interviewed everyone else - it's time we turned the microphone on The Interview Queen herself.
She's worked with All Elite Wrestling and Impact Wrestling, she's brought to life stories from names like Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Kenny Omega, Matt Riddle and Toni Storm to life and, well, today I get to speak with the Interview Queen - Alicia Atout! How's it going, Alicia?
Hi! That was such an amazing intro. Thank you so much for having me. I'm doing extremely well here in sunny Toronto and I'm super excited to be on here.
Thank you, and I was super excited until you said sunny Toronto because I'm in not so sunny Scotland right now.
Now sometimes wrestling can be its own little bubble so let's go back a bit...
You started AMBY [ed. note: stands for A Music Blog, Yea?, which is... well... anyway...] when you were only 17 years old, and you've interviewed a whole load of musicians - Bring Me The Horizon, Andy Black and many others.
What made you transition into, or I should say broaden your horizons, and start covering wrestling?
Yeah, so the music stuff just got to a point where it was big enough and on a big enough platform where my dad approached me and said, "Hey, you have the music stuff down, you're doing a good job, people are really enjoying the interviews, you have this fan base, finally. Why don't you just try interviewing a wrestler? Give it a shot, worst case your music fans reject it, they say 'It's not working, we don't like it'," and you try to find another way but he said, "Just give it a try."
So I was like, "Do you know what? He's usually right about stuff when it comes to business decisions," so I decided, "Let's give it a try."
So I did one wrestling interview, it did super well, I only had maybe two out of however many thousands of people watching it saying, "What happened to the music?" The response was so positive I figured, "Let's keep doing this."
Next thing you know, fast forward two years since that first wrestling interview, I just haven't turned back. It's completely consumed my life.
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