While for many reasons the creation of AEW has been a great thing for the world of wrestling, with WWE getting more competition, and AEW Dynamite being a huge success, it has also brought one huge problem along with it too.
The problem is wrestling fans. Not all wrestling fans, but there is a good amount of people who just love to hate things, and there are few fandoms (apart from Game of Thrones and Star Wars) that love to hate things more than wrestling fans.
It seems that some people just find it completely impossible to accept that some people like WWE more than AEW and vice versa.
While the tragic passing of Brodie Lee (Luke Harper) has in many ways brought the world of wrestling together, Brodie’s wife Amanda has been forced to take to social media to ask fans to stop trying to create a divide between AEW and WWE following her husband’s passing.
It seems that some fans have been trying to use Brodie’s death as a way of being even more hostile towards each other than usual.
Her statement on Instagram read:
“So many people expect myself and my family to hate on @WWE. The fact is, we don’t. We never have.
My husband absolutely got frustrated because he wanted more than they had envisioned for him. That didn’t mean he hated them. The frustration didn’t change the real & genuine love that our family has for pro wrestling.
WWE gave my husband a platform. It enabled him to live his dream. A dream he *almost* gave up on. He was able to travel the world, in his dream job. He got to entertain millions of people. He got to build a beautiful life for our family. He held singles gold there. He won a belt at WrestleMania! He ticked so many “Dream Life” boxes there. He just happened to want a little more out of his career. That’s why he left. Not out of hate. Not because they’re an evil company. He left because his vision didn’t match theirs.
The most incredible thing he took away from his time in WWE was the people. The people he carried with him until his very last days. It wasn’t one company vs another. Little Brodie loves wrestling. We still watch wrestling every week. We would tune in to see “Uncle Boom-Boom” @WWECesaro and family best friend @WWEBigE people that transcended the lines of friendship into family. People in the WWE watched my kids grow up. They loved my husband so much they welcomed my family into their arms. They became my family too. The flood of love I’ve received from the WWE is real and it’s beautiful.
In my husbands final moments, the people that surrounded my family were wrestlers. Companies didn’t matter.
Please, I beg you. Stop trying to create a divide in wrestling. Support pro wrestling. Love pro wrestling.
Live your life like Brodie. In a way that people speak like this.”
If you are able to show your support for Brodie’s family, you can check out his pro-wrestling tees page. All profits will go directly to Amanda and his sons.