This week on “What Occurred When,” Tony Schiavone and Conrad Thompson coated the 12/23/99 episode of WCW Thunder. Schiavone additionally had lots to say in regards to the tragic passing of AEW/former WWE star Brodie Lee. Schiavone talked about what AEW did for Lee’s household and stated that Brodie Jr. signed a contract with AEW a few weeks in the past when he was put over by Kenny Omega in a darkish phase.
Schiavone stated the next about Brodie Lee: “To start with, he grew to become with us one in every of our actual leaders within the again. He didn’t lead by being noisy or speaking. He led by instance. Folks say this when individuals move away that he was such man, however for Bordie, it’s the reality. He and I actually developed a really shut bond when he gained the AEW TV Championship and I used to be within the ring interviewing him. He did the traditional, massive man, bend right down to my microphone. When the present was over and he requested how the interview was, I stated you made a mistake. I stated you’re so massive and tall, by no means bend right down to the microphone. I’ll put the microphone as much as your mouth. Arise tall. Arise straight. Arise robust. He stated that’s nice, thanks for that. So from that second on, we didn’t see one another for much longer after that, however from that second on, he referred to as me his mentor. The one factor I mentored him on was the microphone as a result of for a man his dimension, he can work. He can do loads of stuff. Sadly, the AEW Uncensored podcast that we do, the one we did with Brodie, we did it the day earlier than he bought sick. Then we heard he had been airlifted to the Mayo Clinic and Amanda, his spouse, got here and met with the whole group and advised us how dangerous a form he was in and please don’t say something to anyone.
I believe everyone did an awesome job preserving it near the vest because the outdated cliche goes. All of us knew it didn’t look good however we have been all hoping he would kick out. The day that he handed away, we acquired an electronic mail that we have been going to have an organization vast zoom name in 30 minutes and I knew that if we have been going to have a zoom name that shortly, one thing was dangerous. So, they advised us about that. I bought to know his spouse Amanda, his son Brodie has been backstage and we hold him backstage with us now. We care for him. I do have to say this and I’m going to put in writing one thing about this and submit it someplace. I believe it could be well worth the learn as a result of I’m actually going to pour my coronary heart out about this. Not solely about Brodie and his household, however about our firm and about Tony Khan, about how good they’re and the way a lot they’ve taken care of the household and the way a lot they’ve simply made Brodie’s household part of ours. They did that as a result of they care about individuals however in addition they do this due to what kind of particular person Brodie was. He was massive. He was burly. He was a hell of a personality. They did some nice stuff with The Exalted One. Not solely did he depart us too quickly, he left us too quickly so far as solely attending to know him for only a quick time period. I do know the individuals within the WWE knew him as Luke Harper. I do know he had a extremely good run there. They knew him lots higher than we did due to the time that they had with him, however within the quick time period we had him, we bought to know him rather well. It’s a tragic story. It’s a heartbreaking story as a result of it’s such particular person and such dad.”
Schiavone continued, “Understanding that Brodie was very sick and realizing it was vacation time, and I suppose realizing that for him to kick out, it was going to be, I don’t need to say a miracle, but it surely was going to be very troublesome to kick out. They’d introduced little Brodie to TV and wrestling is his life. He’s Eight years outdated. He actually is a superb child. They made him a member of The Darkish Order. They put a masks on him. He got here out with a kendo stick. He beat up lots of people. This in fact was at a TV taping with no person within the viewers. They signed him to a contract. They legitimately signed him to a contract and when he will get of age, he will probably be with AEW. They’ve taken care of him and he follows guys round on a regular basis within the again and he turns into part of us. Amanda is again there. After we do TV tapings now, we may have a reside present or a taped present, Dynamite, after which we may have typically 13 darkish matches. We’re there till 2 am typically. I used to be sitting again there with Amanda when Darkish was occurring and he or she stated, ‘I’m useless drained. I have to get again and get some sleep however he (Brodie Jr) simply loves this a lot, I’m going to attend.’ So, she waits till it’s all over and he will get concerned with the blokes and sits within the gorilla place. He typically comes out with a masks on and does some loopy issues. It simply reveals you the way the roster cherished Brodie and the way we’re household… When Brodie was employed, all of us stated, man that’s an awesome rent as a result of we knew he may work. Then once we bought to know him, we thought, not solely is that this an awesome rent talent-wise, however he is a superb rent as a result of he is a superb particular person backstage. It was a tricky day once we bought the information and it nonetheless is.”
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