Jim Ross has thanked fans for recognising AEW’s continued remembrance to the late ‘Exalted One’, Jon ‘Brodie Lee’ Huber.
After former AEW TNT Champion and leader of The Dark Order, Brodie Lee, tragically passed away on December 26, 2020, heartfelt messages from around the pro wrestling world poured out to pay tribute to a locker room leader, husband, father and friend.
One of the many ongoing tributes comes from ‘Good Ol’ JR’ at the beginning of each episode of AEW Dynamite as he welcomes viewers with an adaptation of Lee’s well known social media phrase, “It’s Wednesday, you know what that means.”
On the latest episode of Grilling JR Podcast, Ross thanked fans for the positive feedback he has received for the tribute to Brodie:
“I really appreciate fans recognising how I’m starting off Wednesday nights on TNT. And I can’t tell you how much feedback I get on that. But this company has been very very gracious, caring, lovingto Brodie’s family, Brodie Lee’s family. And hell the little boy, Brodie Lee Jr, my God he’s damn near booking. He’s already in the hunt.
But I do appreciate that. It’s those little things in wrestling sometimes that make us fans, that keep us as fans, that make us identify with what we love.”
Since his untimely passing, AEW have retired the TNT Championship design carried by Lee as a sign of respect to ‘The Exalted One’. The company also signed Brodie Lee Jr., his eldest son, to a contact that will allow him to begin a pro wrestling career with AEW when he is of age.
Jim Ross would go on to explain that the opening line acts as an acknowledgement of Lee and his family. Although the phrase wasn’t initially planned for broadcast, it soon became a popular decision amongst personnel and fans. When asked how long he will continue to use the phrase, Jim surmised that he doesn’t plan on dropping it any time soon:
“Somebody said the other day, ‘Are you going to do this forever?’. I don’t know, forever is a long time. But I don’t have any plans on changing it. Because I believe that it’s warranted, I think people respect it, I think they like it. They know that we have not forgotten Brodie Lee and his family. And as far as Tony Khan is concerned, that’s never going to happen.”
Apart from that of Jim Ross, one of the nicest tributes paid to Lee came from AEW owner Tony Khan, who purchased the rights to the song created for the company’s Celebration of Life edition of AEW Dynamite, in order that the tribute would last forever.
Credit for the interview: Grilling JR Podcast