EC3 was released from WWE on April 15th, 2020. One year later, WWE released ten more Superstars on the same day. During that time, EC3 signed a deal with ROH, but Brodie Lee sadly passed away in December 2020. His tragic passing meant that EC3 never got to see Brodie again after his release.

While speaking to Wrestling Inc, EC3 spoke about the match he had with Brodie Lee. At the time, EC3 was trying to convince WWE to let him partner up with Drake Maverick for a manager/client team. They arranged a match against Brodie Lee because the former Luke Harper just wanted his son to see him wrestle. In the end, it was a very emotional experience. In retrospect, the importance of that match is amplified.

“I thought about writing about it, but I mean, in a brief sense, Drake and I worked hard to pitch ourselves as a unit because we have undeniable chemistry. We shot our own vignettes and stuff like that, and we were pitching them and everyone loved them, but they weren’t going anywhere. Then after WrestleMania, I think we asked to do the dark match, and Brodie, who was coming back from whatever he was coming back from the time, who also had a great run there but still never properly utilized, never able to control his narrative and be who he should be.”

“He just wanted to wrestle, so his son can see him wrestle because it was after WrestleMania. He just wanted to do a match, so his son can see him wrestle. So then they paired us together in this match, so it’s kind of emotional, and then, we did everything we were told. I thought we knocked it out of the park. Somebody didn’t like something. Somebody probably said, ‘I didn’t tell him to do that.’ They told us to do that.”


“Whatever, that’s the business, but Jon was a great man, very fortunate to have worked with him in that sense. I always hold on to that memory. When I got fired, he actually texted me. He said, ‘Hey man, remember when they told us to do all this stuff, and you and Drake did really good at your job and then we all got in trouble?’ And I said, ‘Yep.’ He’s like, ‘Well, hopefully see you around,’ and I did not get to see him since. That’s unfortunate, but that’s the story.”

Brodie Lee cared about everyone he worked with in the locker room. He also apparently saw that releasing EC3 was a mistake on WWE’s part.

Our thoughts are still with Brodie Lee’s family and friends who miss him terribly. He was a great man and the world lost him far too soon. EC3 also never received an opportunity to see him around again. That is incredibly unfortunate, but that is how their story ended.

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