INDIANAPOLIS — There have been days Charly Arnolt would stand in disbelief as the glitz, grit, sweat and raw extravaganza of WWE played out around her.
On those days, she was Charly Caruso, a host and backstage interviewer at all of WWE’s greatest events — WrestleMania, RAW, Summer season Slams — and all the things in between.
Arnolt’s feisty personality and sports acumen match perfectly in a world the place the prize was a championship belt, but personal storylines have been woven beneath.
“The spectacle that you leer watching WWE as a fan is what it be adore ought to you work there,” said Arnolt. “It be insane. There have been many occasions I’d be at work and breeze, ‘Wait, is this really my job? That is crazy.’ It really is accurate as wild working there as you will ask it to be as a fan.”
Wild. That places it mildly how Arnolt feels now, having left WWE for a fleshy-time job with ESPN. It be almost a pinch-herself moment, she said, the likes of Magic Johnson tweeting about her, on the situation of SportsCenter, in the midst of a career she had simplest dreamed of earlier than.
The 33-year-conventional Indianapolis native accurate signed a fleshy-time, multi-year contract extension with ESPN, after having labored part time at the network since 2018.
Arnolt’s ESPN Podcast First Take, Her Take with Kimberley A. Martin and Chiney Ogwumike, will proceed but she can be immersed in ESPN’s other shows as successfully.
SportsCenter, First Take, ESPN+’s weekday morning reveal, SportsNation, along with other digital shows all are part of her job now. And Arnolt hopes there can be extra.
“There are so many opportunities,” said Arnolt, a aged Fox59 sports anchor in Indianapolis. “And the spacious thing I urged myself for these following few years, after they near to me asking to take a search for at one thing, my answer is ‘Yes, I breeze to create it. Yes, I breeze to attempt it.'”
‘That is the place I want to be’
Arnolt grew up in Indianapolis, went to Park Tudor then North Central for prime college, the place she was a standout volleyball player.
Newspaper articles usually talked about her 14, 15, 11 digs per game and touted her play. “Defensively, Charly Arnolt led the Panthers,” a 2004 IndyStar article said.
Arnolt played softball, too, and in her youthful days was a aggressive gymnast. “I’ve always been an athlete and I’ve always loved sports,” she said.
Arnolt went to faculty at American University in Washington, D.C., the place she earned a broadcast journalism diploma and graduated summa cum laude. She labored at local stations all through the nation and regarded as, at occasions, giving up broadcasting for careers in PR or law. However she was always lured back with job presents.
One in all the most important calls, which played a major unprejudiced in the place she is today, came from Lee Rosenthal, Arnolt said. The then-news director of Fox59 asked Arnolt to near back to Indianapolis and freelance. She was pursuing a law diploma at the time.
“He resurrected the passion for me. He believed in me,” she said. “He gave me so many opportunities and I realized, ‘OK, I want to be back in television.'”
From there, Arnolt went to Kansas City as a morning stay reporter but an opening came for a weekend sports situation back at Fox59. Sports director Chris Hagan was another key player in her career, Arnolt said.
“He said, ‘Charly, I have faith in you,'” she said. “And I really obtained a taste for what working in sports was adore. I was adore, ‘OK here is it. That is the place I want to be.'”
After leaving Fox59, she frolicked on The Bob & Tom Indicate and created her bear web reveal “BackTalk Ball,” which mixes sports, entertainment and comedy.
WWE saw the YouTube series, caught wind of Arnolt and wanted her. Arnolt spent nearly 5 years with WWE — splitting the last three with on-air time at ESPN. She loved her wrestling host gig, but she said she wanted a fresh challenge.
When ESPN equipped her a fleshy-time state, she jumped at the chance. The network has been impressed with Arnolt’s wide-ranging talent, David Roberts, ESPN senior vice president, production, said in a statement.
“From radio and podcasts to TV and streaming,” he said, “Charly continues to thrive across any platform she pursues.”
‘Indianapolis is who I am’
Arnolt is walking around SoHo, a stylish neighborhood in Lower Manhattan in New York City, as she talks about her fresh ESPN gig. She has accurate left the gymnasium; she is “large passionate about fitness,” she said.
A few years ago, Arnolt obtained her personal training certification accurate to learn extra. She can be at a Pilates class later in the day.
“I accurate love wandering town,” Arnolt said. The day earlier than, she’d had a 5-hour brunch. She likes to browse the stores and boutiques. She loves to read and breeze to the beach. She appears to be like forward to things getting back to normal so she can travel again.
All the whereas, Arnolt makes a speciality of the situation she is in now. It be tough to imagine generally, she said, that she resides this lifestyles — 827,000 followers on Instagram, 132,000 moron Twitter.
And that she is exactly the place she wants to be in her career.
“I am so really happy to be fleshy time there,” she said. “I know I am going to develop so grand as a broadcaster.”
However she won’t ever neglect her native land. “Indianapolis was really my home and, even in regards to my career, had a profound stay,” she said. “Indianapolis is the basis of who I am, the place I came from and it’s been a wild poke since.”