The Brodie Lee Celebration of Life on All Elite Wrestling (AEW) Dynamite was a beautiful tribute to the late pro-wrestler Jon Huber, aka Brodie Lee and Luke Harper in WWE. The show had great matches with all the members of Lee’s stable, the Dark Order, winning a clean sweep.
However, there was one member in the group who I thought stood out the most during that night. He was not a wrestler, yet, but he is the son of the late great Brodie Lee: Brodie Lee Jr.
Donning a black and blue mask and suit, Brodie Jr., as The Dark Order’s Negative One, sat a ringside. In addition, AEW announcer Tony Schiavone announced earlier on his podcast that the 8-years-old Bridie signed a contract with AEW. When Brodie becomes an adult and follows in his father’s footsteps, he will be an official member of the AEW roster.
During the show, Brodie Jr. was not just a spectator. He got a little involved in one of the matches involving the Dark Order. It was The Dark Order’s John Silver and Alex Reynolds and Adam “Hangman” Page against The Inner Circle’s Santana, Ortiz, and MJF (Maxwell Jacob Friedman). My favorite moment came when Negative One struck the cocky and villainous MJF on the head with a kendo stick. The kendo stick shot garnered cheers from the crowd which to me was an awesome moment.
Further into the show, Brodie Jr. was a Grand Marshall of sorts when he made a dream match. The match involved the American Nightmare Cody Rhodes, Freshly Squeezed Orange Cassidy, and The Dark Order’s Number 10 against Team Taz’s Brian Cage, Powerhouse Hobbs, and Ricky Starks. Rhodes, Cassidy, and Number 10 won the match but the losing Team Taz attacked them after the match. However, the Icon Sting and fan favorite and current AEW TNT Champion Darby Allen intervened to make the save.
After the Brodie Jr. dream match, my next favorite moment occurred when Rhodes introduced Negative One. Brodie Jr. came to the ring with his mother Amanda and placed his father’s wrestling boots at the center. Then, Cody placed purple bandana on the boots and wrapped his arm around the 8-year-old. This was a beautifully poetic moment because it reminded me that like Brodie Jr., Cody is the son of another great pro-wrestler: the American Dream Dusty Rhodes. It was like two generations coming full circle more or, perhaps, a brotherhood among the sons of great pro-wrestlers. It was a sweet moment.
Jon Huber’s legacy lives on in his son. Brodie Lee Jr. is the star who stole the show by being a performer, promoter, and TNT Champion for life. In my opinion, he has a bright future ahead of him. And, as his old man, the Exalted One would say, “you know what that means…”
After that moment, AEW CEO and President Tony Khan presenting Brodie Jr. with the TNT Championship. Khan praised the late Brodie Lee as “the greatest TNT Champion.” The President also declared that Brodie Jr. was the “TNT Champion for life.”