At the end of 2019, WWE announced that they had come to terms with the release of former SmackDown Tag Team and Intercontinental Champion, Luke Harper. Fast forward to March 2020, and Harper debuted in AEW as Brodie Lee.
Lee’s release from WWE came around eight months after he publically requested his release on social media. While it was rejected at the time, WWE decided to let the talented and under-appreciated worker go at the end of the year.
While working for WWE, Lee was one of the most underutilised members of the roster, and many fans hoped to see him in the main event scene like his stablemate Bray Wyatt. However, the company seemingly never had any intention of properly pushing him.
While speaking to Busted Open Radio, Lee revealed exactly why he decided he wanted to stop working for Vince McMahon’s company and why he wanted to explore other opportunities:
“That’s the main reason why I didn’t want to be in WWE anymore because I knew those opportunities weren’t coming. No matter how hard I scratched and clawed no matter what I proved they weren’t coming. I wasn’t one of the chosen ones.
“Now here I am creating it myself, but now it’s like I know I’m great at professional wrestling. I know I deserve these spots. Now I have to show up and prove it to other people. So now there’s a certain pressure on me because I don’t have anyone to blame anymore. So now here I am in these spots I was in the main event last night. I’m in the main event next Saturday. The pressure is there now because now I have to prove it.”
During the same interview, Lee revealed that he has no hatred or animosity towards WWE, and also revealed that his gimmick is not a parody of Vince McMahon.
If you want to hear more about Brodie, subscribe to WrestleTalk Interviews on YouTube as we are going to be uploading our full-length interview with Lee next week.