Former WWE Superstar Kalisto has opened up about the last words he ever shared with his friend, the late Brodie Lee, and how he reached out to Lee when he was in a bad place mentally.
Kalisto suffered a serious shoulder injury in late 2019 that saw him out of action for eight months. By the time he returned to the ring in August 2020 it seemed like the writing was already on the wall for his WWE career. A split with his Lucha House Party partners followed and the former US Champion was used very sparingly before his release from the company in April 2021.
Kalisto discussed that time with Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, explaining how he found himself struggling and explaining how he reached out to Lee.
“That’s really hard. I’m going to talk about the time that I got injured. I got injured back in 2019. That was a life-changing experience for me. Two months before, I was in a bad place. You know, when things don’t go the right way, the way you had planned, you let it get into your head. I was in my own head, I was going through so much stress. Two months before I got injured I reached out to my good friend who has now passed, Brodie Lee.”
“Just before this interview, I was looking at the last text messages he sent me. It was the usual ‘Hey, how are you? How is the family?’ First of all, he was like ‘Who is this? New number.’ I was like ‘It’s Mani bro, Kalisto.’ He was then like ‘Oh hey bro what’s up.’ I looked at my response, and I responded to him ‘Trying to reach God.’ Why did I text that? Man, I was in a bad place. His response was ‘Oh how’s that going?’ I’m like oh good old Brodie [laughs].”
Kalisto then shared the last exchange he shared with Brodie Lee before his untimely death in December 2020 at the age of 41:
“He was so great man. The last thing he told me was ‘I miss the boys.’ I just get chills thinking about it. I reached out and he listened. I’ve been through so much.”
During the discussion, Kalisto also discussed the surprising reaction Vince McMahon had to him when the WWE Chairman saw him after his return following his injury.