Shortly after Brodie Lee debuted in AEW as the Exalted One of the Dark Order, it became clear that he was much more of a corporate overlord than some creepy cult leader. Mr. Brodie’s mannerisms were often compared to stories that have circulated about Vince McMahon, such as berating employees who sneeze in front of him.
Lee was a guest on Busted Open Radio and denied that he’s doing an intentional parody of Vince McMahon. But he also says that you can take it however you want:
“Look, you take it however you want. I happen to be a fan of mafia movies, so that’s the way the character was portrayed for me. Like I said, I believe that the leadership style, the results speak for themselves. So, you people can take it any way you want. And trust me, I hear you. I hear everybody. But nothing was intentional. I have no reason to hate WWE. No reason to hate Vince McMahon, nothing like that. But you take it how you want.”
He goes on to explain Mr. Brodie’s mindset with maintaining power over his underlings:
“If you walked into a boardroom and they spoke to you in a different way, and you realized how quickly the guy at the head of the table was not as strong as you, or not as powerful as you, and you realized you knew more than him, you have the hand up. So my goal is to make sure that that doesn’t happen, and I’m the guy in control. I’m the most powerful guy in the room. I speak the loudest. You listen to me and do what I say.”
It’s worth noting that Brodie Lee was maintaining some semblance of kayfabe throughout this interview. For example, he spent an early portion of the conversation explaining that he stole Jon Moxley’s AEW World championship in order to bypass AEW’s rankings system. He knows that if you take a man’s most prized possession, he’ll fight you to get it back, and so he knew Moxley would give him the match he needs to prove he’s the best. That’s all kayfabe right there.
Brodie Lee also addressed the notion that he was mistreated by WWE:
“People want to tell me how upset I was. They love telling me, ‘Oh you were so upset with WWE and they mistreated you.’ No, they didn’t. I wasn’t upset. I just wanted to wrestle more. I’m a professional wrestler and I wanted to wrestle while I still had the opportunity. I’m not going to be able to do this forever. So I needed to do it while I still can. And I knew I was good at it, I knew I was great at it. So fuck it, let’s do it.”
Lee’s main gripe with WWE was that they weren’t using him, and that’s pretty much what most of his fans were complaining about too. Perhaps Lee doesn’t use the word “mistreated” to describe not being used by WWE, but at the end of the day, I don’t see much daylight between Lee’s description of the situation and most fan criticisms of his treatment in WWE.
Brodie Lee has moved on from WWE and is already loving the creative freedom he has in AEW to do whatever he wants. He said that his world championship match against Jon Moxley at Double or Nothing on May 23 will be worth the price of the pay-per-view, because he has something to prove to the world, and this match that will give him the perfect platform to illustrate his greatness.
Are you looking forward to seeing what Brodie Lee will do in the biggest match of his pro wrestling career?