The upcoming edition of AEW Dynamite will commemorate the life of the late Jonathan Huber, known to fans as Mr Brodie Lee and Luke Harper. Wrestling fans and industry figures around the world continue to mourn the tragic loss of Jon Huber, who passed away on December 26th at the age of 41. He is survived by his wife Amanda and their sons Brodie Jr. and Nolan.
Tony Khan has announced that the previously scheduled New Year’s Smash events have both been pushed back by one week. The decision was made to facilitate a commemorative episode in honour of Brodie Lee and his family. Khan has stated that the episode will feature tributes and a special match card dedicated to the leader of The Dark Order.
Every match on the card, at the time of writing, features members of The Dark Order. Known to Being The Elite fans as ‘-1′ of The Dark Order, Brodie Jr’s favourite wrestlers – Cody Rhodes, Orange Cassidy and ’10’ of The Dark Order – will face Team Taz.
Hangman/Silver/Reynolds v. MJF/Santana/Ortiz
Anna Jay/Tay Conti v. Dr. Britt Baker/Penelope
Lance Archer/Uno/Stu v. Kingston/Butcher/Blade
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) December 28, 2020
The New Year’s Smash events will now take place on January 6th and January 13th, kicking off 2021 for AEW in grand fashion. Night one of New Year’s Smash is set to feature the return of former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley. In addition, the high profile bouts of Kenny Omega vs Rey Fenix for the AEW World Championship, Hikaru Shida vs Abadon for the AEW Women’s Championship and Jake Hager vs Wardlow are all scheduled for the event.
Though clearly big events for the company, the decision to delay the New Year’s Smash shows seems to have been universally welcomed by fans as it allows a lost hero for many to be celebrated. As AEW commemorate the life of Brodie Lee, the upcoming edition of Dynamite is sure to be emotional for fans and friends of the beloved star alike.