It’s Wednesday. You know what that means.
Everyone has been bracing themselves for an emotional night when AEW finally debuts in Brodie Lee’s hometown of Rochester, New York tonight (Sept. 29). The company was originally supposed to make the town back in March of 2020, and it was where they originally planned to debut the Dark Order’s Exalted One before COVID hit.
By the time we entered into a different phase of the pandemic and pro wrestling went back on the road, we’d all tragically lost Lee. AEW delivered a perfect tribute to the late Jon Huber (Brodie’s real name) from their homebase in Jacksonville late last year, but they still want their upstate New York debut to honor Mr. Brodie Lee.
On Tuesday night, Tony Khan dedicated tonight’s live broadcast of Dynamite to Lee. Now, he’s announced a 16 man tag match in his honor.
In recognition of Mr. Brodie Lee, tonight Live on TNT on #AEWDynamite in Rochester I’ve asked the gentlemen of Dark Order to put differences aside & team with @orangecassidy under the leadership of Brodie Lee Jr. to take on their enemy Matt Hardy & the HFO in a 16 man tag match! https://t.co/H8ld4cr6E2— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) September 29, 2021
This builds on the ongoing tension among the Dark Order since Hangman Page, the man who reluctantly took on Lee’s father figure role for the group, was written off after telling Evil Uno, John Silver & crew he wanted to go it alone against The Elite. It’s also a warm-up for Rampage’s hair vs. hair match between Orange Cassidy and the Hardy Family Office’s Jack Evans.
What it probably isn’t? A way to debut Windham “Bray Wyatt” Rotunda.
Rotunda posted a picture that increased speculation he’ll arrive in AEW tonight as part of the celebration of his friend Brodie’s life. But in addition to a standard WWE non-compete likely still being in effect for Wyatt, Fightful Select’s Sean Ross Sapp notes he’s heard nothing about him debuting tonight, although he did say Rotunda is a private person who would obviously keep something this big close to the vest. Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer wrote on the site’s message board that unless something’s changed in the last 24 hours, the impression he was given is that Rotunda won’t debut this week.