Brodie Lee was Luke Harper in WWE, but he was never given much of a chance. The former Wyatt Family member was constantly put down backstage by Vince McMahon who didn’t care for anything he did.

While speaking to Talk Is Jericho, Brodie Lee discussed how McMahon forced Southern accent on him. He also spoke about how McMahon rejected any idea with him in it.

The backstage burials got to the point where even someone who was always pulling for Lee like Arn Anderson eventually gave up on trying to help.

The way I do talk, Vince doesn’t see a person who looks like me, talking like me. I don’t think he could get over that. He saw a backwoods hillbilly who talked in a southern drawl. Being from Rochester and being somewhat eloquent, it didn’t compute with him. Arn [Anderson], maybe to the detriment, was one of my biggest supporters in meetings. Arn even said, ‘I’m gonna stop speaking up for you. I don’t think it’s doing you any favors.’ I had my supporters, just not vocal ones. Not ones that were willing to go to bat for me to a point. Once I fell into a role, no matter what I pitched, no matter what I showed anybody, I wasn’t digging my way out of it to the audience of one.


Now Arn Anderson and Brodie Lee are working with each other once again in AEW. Odds are All Elite Wrestling management will listen to Double A much closer if he needs to advocate for Brodie Lee.

Thanks to Fightful for the quote

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