This week on “What Occurred When,” Tony Schiavone and Conrad Thompson coated the 12/23/99 episode of WCW Thunder. Schiavone additionally had rather a lot 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 mentioned 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 section.
Schiavone mentioned the next about Brodie Lee: “Initially, he turned with us one in all our actual leaders within the again. He didn’t lead by being noisy or speaking. He led by instance. Individuals say this when individuals cross away that he was such a great 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 basic, huge man, bend all the way down to my microphone. When the present was over and he requested how the interview was, I mentioned you made a mistake. I mentioned you’re so huge and tall, by no means bend all the way down to the microphone. I’ll put the microphone as much as your mouth. Rise up tall. Rise up straight. Rise up robust. He mentioned 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 measurement, he can work. He can do numerous stuff. Sadly, the AEW Uncensored podcast that we do, the one we did with Brodie, we did it the day earlier than he acquired sick. Then we heard he had been airlifted to the Mayo Clinic and Amanda, his spouse, got here and met with the complete group and instructed us how unhealthy a form he was in and please don’t say something to anyone.
I feel everyone did an awesome job holding it near the vest because the previous cliche goes. All of us knew it didn’t look good however we had been all hoping he would kick out. The day that he handed away, we acquired an electronic mail that we had been going to have an organization huge zoom name in 30 minutes and I knew that if we had been going to have a zoom name that shortly, one thing was unhealthy. So, they instructed us about that. I acquired to know his spouse Amanda, his son Brodie has been backstage and we preserve him backstage with us now. We care for him. I do must say this and I’m going to put in writing one thing about this and put up it someplace. I feel it might 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 sort of individual Brodie was. He was huge. He was burly. He was a hell of a personality. They did some nice stuff with The Exalted One. Not solely did he go away us too quickly, he left us too quickly so far as solely attending to know him for only a brief time frame. 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 rather a lot higher than we did due to the time they’d with him, however within the brief time frame we had him, we acquired to know him very well. It’s a tragic story. It’s a heartbreaking story as a result of it’s such a great individual and such a great dad.”
Schiavone continued, “Realizing 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, nevertheless it 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 previous. He actually is a good 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 shall 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. Once 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 she or he mentioned, ‘I’m lifeless drained. I must 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 fellows and sits within the gorilla place. He typically comes out with a masks on and does some loopy issues. It simply exhibits you the way the roster liked Brodie and the way we’re household… When Brodie was employed, all of us mentioned, man that’s an awesome rent as a result of we knew he might work. Then after we acquired to know him, we thought, not solely is that this an awesome rent talent-wise, however he is a good rent as a result of he is a good individual backstage. It was a tricky day after we acquired the information and it nonetheless is.”
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