Brodie Lee debuted as The Exalted One, and the Dark Order finally had a leader. That evil faction in AEW is a very powerful force now, but that is not how they started out in the company.
The Dark Order was mainly Evil Uno and Stu Grayson as the former Super Smash Bros had their creepers around the ring. They’re not manufacturing a human throne any longer, because Mr. Brodie Lee brought a new feel to the Dark Order.
While speaking to Wrestling Inc, Brodie Lee discussed the state that the Dark Order was in when he was handed the keys to the their evil castle. He knew what they weer capable of, but it took a lot of work and planning to give them a different vibe.
“That’s basically the thing, since I’ve come in, I’ve been of the belief that I was here to pick up The Dark Order, to make it an entity of a different feel, a different vibe [and] a different output, and now that we’ve struck gold for lack of a better term, we can’t take a step backwards now. So in an eight-man match, it’s impossible. If we don’t go in there and show what exactly the new Order is, then we’re taking a step back and that is detrimental to me and to my success.”
“I’ve known Stu and [Evil] Uno for the better part of I want to say 16 or 17 years. I know the people that trained [John] Silver and [Alex] Reynolds, and they speak very highly of them. 5 (Alan Angels) and 10 (Preston Vance) and Anna Jay were students that I had seen and saw something in. I think Anna Jay is an absolute star and going to be a homegrown star for AEW for years to come. We’re pretty much set up.”
Brodie Lee is now the AEW TNT Champion leading the Dark Order in his own vision. There were some potshots at Vince McMahon along the way, but the Dark Order have certainly been able to change direction since their original AEW debut.
That Exalted One role was rumored to have been intended for Marty Scurll, but he decided to sign a much bigger deal with ROH. Now ROH is keeping The Villain on ice while they sort through a #SpeakingOut allegation.