AEW had a big debut lined up for Brodie Lee. He was set to make his presence felt as the company rolled through his hometown of Rochester, New York. The novel coronavirus had other plans.
While speaking to Busted Open Radio, Brodie Lee discussed his March 18th debut in an empty Daily’s Place. Tony Khan gave him the option to delay his debut, but he wanted to get going on his run in AEW after sitting at home for so long under a WWE contract.
“March 18th was my debut, and I am from Rochester, New York. And the AEW show on March 18th was slated to be in Rochester, New York. So, on the 11th? I was at the gym while the show is happening and I watched everything kind of go down. The NBA cancelled the season, and I was one week away from debuting in my hometown in front of an AEW crowd. so it was, it was soul crushing for a minute.”
“But at the same time Tony Khan called me said ‘look if you don’t want to debut now? We will wait, you don’t have to do anything you know we’ll wait.’”
“I’m like a caged animal here I need to get out. So there was no hesitation at all for me to jump on the opportunity, to do it in front of a closed set and to jump in front of it. But I yearn for that AEW crowd, we all do. We all want them to be back. But we also understand that we’re performing for a television audience at the same time, and the internet audience.”
Brodie Lee got right to work in AEW. Now he is set to take on Jon Moxley at Double Or Nothing with AEW’s biggest prize on the line.
It’s hard to say what AEW would have done if Brodie Lee decided he wanted to debut in front of a crowd. He would still be waiting to make his first steps in All Elite Wrestling because fans have yet to return.
Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote