Brodie Lee plans to embrace the unique environment of an AEW Dynamite Saturday. The leader of The Dark Order will be taking on Cody Rhodes as the show airs in a special time slot of 6 P.M. EST on TNT due to the NBA Playoffs. Lee spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated about the opportunity and how he’s ready to be a part of the build of expectations.
“It’s pretty frickin’ cool that the pressure is on to keep people in their seats on a Saturday night in August after the NBA,” said Lee. “We need this to be a huge show for us, and I’m a big part of it. That’s why I came here, for pressure-filled situations like this.
Lee did mention that earlier in the year he did have doubts in himself and his new identity for AEW.
“I doubted myself after that Moxley match,” said Lee. “I was in my head after that. Coming off a loss in a world title program is a reality I’ve never had to deal with before.
“To his credit, Dax Harwood of FTR said something special to me backstage. ‘We don’t need a self-doubting Brodie,’ he said. ‘We need an ass-kicking, cocky-ass Brodie.’ He’s right, and that’s what you are going to get. I’ll apologize to Cody after the fact.”
He also shared in his thoughts about the trajectory of The Dark Order as a whole, which he feels has finally found it’s way from a narrative perspective.
“We lost the feel of what Dark Order should be. Now that everyone is finally back, we are finally starting to learn, internally, about our potential. We can work with everybody—the Lucha Bros., the Best Friends, The Elite, anybody—and we’re going to show that.”