Erick Redbeard, the former Erick Rowan, was released by WWE back in April 2020, as part of COVID-19 budget cuts. Since then, he returned to the independent circuit. He also opened up about his appearance during the Brodie Lee tribute on AEW Dynamite. That appearance is still near and dear to his heart.

The world of professional wrestling suffered great loss with the passing of Brodie Lee. Brodie Lee passed away on December 26th, 2020, due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare condition that causes lung tissue to become irreversibly thickened and stiff.

AEW held a tribute show for Lee back in 2020 and it featured Erick Redbeard. While speaking during a recent Reddit AMA, Erick Redbeard admitted that he felt that he didn’t keep it together during the tribute show.

“I didn’t feel like I kept it together,” Redbeard said. “I grieved with everyone else. He was there in spirit that night with everyone who attended and watched from home.”


Brodie Lee’s contributions to the pro wrestling world will never be forgotten. This is because fans and peers alike will always remember him one way or the other and that’s never changing.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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