Jon Moxley has paid tribute to the late Brodie Lee, who sadly passed away at the age of 41 on Boxing Day, in a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated – reminiscing about the time he spent with Jon Huber inside and outside the ring, including wrestling Huber in the match that would get Luke Harper signed to WWE.
Speaking of the loss of Brodie Lee, Moxley would say he was numb.
“It doesn’t feel real. It feels like I’m in a very vivid dream and I’m waiting to snap out of it. My brain hasn’t accepted it yet. Right now, I’m completely f—— numb.”
The former AEW Champion – who had a storied history with Lee in AEW, WWE, CZW and beyond – would open up about the very first night they wrestled together, saying he was “the exact person” you wanted in a locker room, recalling how he pushed to face Brodie Lee in AEW.
“The first night we wrestled each other, we shared a hotel room together later that night. That was over a decade ago. He was an incredible person. While so many of us would be all hot about some wrestling angle, he would find a way to turn negatives into a positive or an inside joke. He was the exact person you wanted in the locker room. I was so glad to be around him again in AEW.
“And we wrestled so many times. Whether it was on the indies, in The Shield–Wyatt war, six-mans on house shows and European tours, it felt like we were always together. When Tony Khan asked me about Brodie in AEW, I said, ‘Hell yeah, I want that match.’ We could wrestle each other in our sleep. He was so f—— good.”
Jon Moxley’s heartfelt comments included an inside joke between the pair about how Moxley made Brodie Lee look “so good” WWE had to sign him, before saying the truth couldn’t actually be further away from that.
“We always joked that he’d be a substitute teacher in Rochester if I hadn’t made him look so good, but the truth is he was this can’t-miss, undeniable talent. He was an athletic big man that could work circles around everybody.”
One of the most memorable events between Jon Moxley and Brodie Lee was undoubtedly when the pair were performing as Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper in WWE, whereby Moxley would be slammed from the ring through a ladder that was balanced between apron and barrier during an Intercontinental Championship match at WrestleMania 31. Moxley revealed how Vince McMahon reacted to it, and said the only man he would have trusted was Brodie Lee to execute it.
“We wanted to make the highlight reel,” says Moxley. “We figured the only way we could do that was if I nearly killed myself with a death-defying bump. So we devised this spot where he powerbombs me from the ring to the floor through a steel ladder, and that’s f—— sketchy. It’s an extremely dangerous bump, going backward at a high angle.
“It was a gnarly bump. Vince [McMahon] bugged out. He thought I was dead, which meant it was a good f—— bump. And we made the highlight reel. I maintain to this day that I would not have trusted anybody else on the planet with that bump. I put my life in his hands, and I walked away.”
The former AEW Champion opened up about how Brodie Lee was always used in a “utility role” despite everyone he worked with knowing how good the former AEW TNT Champion was.
“It wasn’t a secret to anyone in the business how good he was, but he was always used in a utility role or part of a group. For him to be the centerpiece of a group as a solo act, he proved he was a main-event performer.”
Moxley would conclude by speaking to the man, rather than the performer, and how Jon Huber loved wrestling – but that it played second fiddle to the love for his family.
“He wasn’t interested in being famous. This is a guy you would not see at an afterparty. As soon as he was done with work, he was going home to his family as soon as possible. He was so proud to be a father and a husband. He loved wrestling and he was great at it, but it was his job. He was lucky enough to love his vocation, but his most important role in life was as a father and a husband.”“I’m grateful I got to spend so much time with him, from the time we first met on the indies. I’ll always picture him with that smile on his face. I still can’t wrap my brain around this. I don’t understand why the best people are the ones taken away so early.”
Everyone at Inside The Ropes is heartbroken to learn of Jon Huber’s passing, and we send our condolences to all of his friends, family and fans at this time. We have collated several of the tributes posted by wrestlers from WWE, AEW and beyond here.