Brodie Lee has not only rejuvenated himself since signing with AEW, but the TNT Champion gave a much-needed jolt to The Dark Order as well.
Lee spoke with Brett Thompson of ESPN about his rise to singles title holder in All Elite Wrestling and the hardships he went through trying to make a name for himself after being 19 years in the wrestling business.
“I was at home, [but it felt like] prison,” Lee told ESPN about his final months in WWE. “I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, and that was just wrestle.
“I wish you could have talked to my wife, because she loves to tell people just, not that I was a horrible person, but there was a cloud almost over me weekly,” said Lee. “Just affecting me, and me not knowing that.
“I don’t want people to think, ‘Oh, that used to be Luke Harper’ when they see Brodie Lee. I want them to be like, ‘Holy f—, that’s Brodie Lee, and he’s the man.'”
Two figureheads of The Dark Order in Stu Grayson and Evil Uno are certainly grateful for Lee’s presence after they revealed him to be “The Exalted One” for the group earlier this year.
“We wanted to have someone we know we could work with, someone we could actually fit as the head of a cult, someone who could talk, someone who could wrestle,” said Grayson. “So when we had confirmation that Brodie Lee was coming in, we were pretty happy, because we thought of all the people we could have had, we were going to have one of our best friends. He can work, he looks great, he talks.”
Lee also happens to get emotional during the interview, but knows he’s where he should be in AEW.
“It was like a moment that had been worked on for so f—ing long for me,” said Lee. “And I’m getting emotional right now, so I’m sorry. It’s just been so much s— over the last three years.”