Arn Anderson was a guest on a special episode of Talk is Jericho celebrating the life of the late Brodie Lee. On the show, Anderson revealed that while in WWE he had pitched a character for Lee, then known as Luke Harper, that was rejected by the creative team.
The WWE Hall of Famer said he had heard that one of the things holding the future Exalted One back in the company was that he didn’t “sound like a hillbilly” and was “too intelligent when he speaks”, and he came up with a character that would bring together both his look and intelligence.
“I had a character for him that would have been awesome, as frightening as anybody has been. What about the guy that looks like that, especially when he wore the dirty, dingy white ‘wife-beater’, and it was even a little muddy even on some nights.
“What if you got a shot from somebody in a tree or something, and you’re shooting into a window and you got a single light bulb and it really looks like a primitive, almost I’m expecting the camera to pan down like you got some guy tied up and you’re torturing them or something. What if that guy is sitting with a computer, and he’s rattling away. And you made that guy The Unabomber.
The Enforcer went on to elaborate on the idea, and the creative team’s reaction to it.
“He’s brilliant. He’s making stuff. He’s going over the injuries. He somehow got ahold of all the records of all the crew with their injuries. What is he going to attack next, kind of game planning. His voice is eloquent. You make him a genius. How scary would that guy have been? Well, when I tried to lay that out to creative, they looked at me like I got six heads as you can imagine.”
While Arn Anderson’s idea didn’t pan out, Brodie Lee did go on to have tag team success in WWE alongside Erik Rowan both as part of the Wyatt Family and the Bludgeon Brothers. However, many believe he finally came into his own as a singles competitor during his time as the leader of the Dark Order in AEW, which culminated in him beating Cody Rhodes decisively for the TNT Championship. In honour of the late champion, his son, Brodie Lee Jr. was crowned TNT Champion “for life” and given the belt held by his father.
Credit to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.