AEW’s FTR are set to rename their finishing move, ‘Goodnight Express’, to ‘Big Rig’ to honour Brodie Lee (real name Jon Huber).
Cash took to Twitter to make the announcement after being given the approval by Brodie’s wife Amanda.
The wrestling world has been rocked by the news which circulated recently (December 26th, 2020), in which we learnt that Brodie Lee had tragically passed away. Over the past week, many of Brodie’s colleagues have shared stories of how beloved he was behind the scenes.
Now, FTR have said they’re going to honour him further with the renaming of their finisher once known worldwide as the Shatter Machine.
After speaking with Amanda, and getting her blessing, we have decided to change the name of The Goodnight Express to “Big Rig”. This is our way of keeping a bit of his legacy alive in professional wrestling. We love you, Brodie. Can’t wait to see you again. pic.twitter.com/uEO8EOjYut
— Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) January 4, 2021
All Elite Wrestling has continued to honour Brodie Lee, dedicating last week’s entire episode of AEW Dynamite to ‘The Exalted One’, paying tribute to him and his family, even naming his son as “Wrestler of the Week”.
FTR’s Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood made their AEW debut in May 2020 (saving The Young Bucks from an attack by The Butcher and The Blade) and have since become one of the powerhouse teams in the AEW tag team division. Brodie had moved from WWE to AEW just two month’s prior, in March 2020, when he was unveiled as the previously anonymous leader of The Dark Order.
FTR revealed on the ‘Talk is Jericho’ podcast that the original ‘Shatter Machine’ was inspired by Chris Jericho’s Codebreaker and actually asked permission from Y2J to use the move (which he of course approved). They also suggested that upon leaving the WWE they were going to change the name in a homage to The Midnight Express.
This new name alteration will likely stand the test of time, the ‘Big Rig’ acting as the FTR’s way of keeping a bit of Brodie Lee’s legacy alive in professional wrestling.