On a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho, Chris Jericho spoke to numerous guests about the life and career of Brodie Lee, and among those guests were The Young Bucks.
Nick and Matt Jackson were staples on the independent scene, winning legions of fans and numerous championships across the world before settling in AEW. During the conversation the current AEW Tag Team Champions fondly recalled how they had actually met Lee back in 2008, but never managed to properly in the same place at the same time for too long until he joined AEW.
Nick explained that during that initial meeting he was actually intimidated by Lee’s size and stature, but could see how he was going to be something big.
Yeah, we actually met, I want to say, 2008 for Chikara, he teamed with Claudio (Cesaro) and someone else, but I was intimidated by him, obviously because he’s so tall. So we didn’t really get to know him because I think we were so intimidated by him at the time. He was the main guy. He was going up in stardom. You could tell, so you knew he was going to be something big.
Matt added that no matter where they were in the world, The Bucks and Lee kept missing each other.
“As soon as we left DGUSA, he came in, and he became their star,” Matt added. “We were never in the same place at the same time. We were always missing out on each other. As soon as we left Japan, he went to Japan, Dragon Gate. It was almost like we kept eluding each other.
Lee would eventually find his way to WWE, appearing with the company from 2012 until late 2019. While enjoying a fair amount of success during his time in WWE, Nick remembers Lee asking about the teams’ financial situation on the indies, long before the former Intercontinental Champion would eventually ask for his release from WWE.
“I could tell he was ready to leave because I would randomly get questions about how my financial state was on the indies… He was like, ‘Can you make this? Can you do that? What are you making per show?’ I was like, ‘Huh, this is weird. I think he wants to leave.’ And he was shocked by the amount of money that Matt and I were making. He was like, ‘That is great news to know because who knows, maybe one day I will leave.'”
When Lee did leave WWE he quickly found success alongside The Young Bucks in AEW. First by becoming the leader of The Dark Order, before going on to win the AEW TNT Championship.
Following his passing in December 2020, there has been an outpouring of love and numerous tributes made to Lee, real name Jon Huber. Most recently, the former AEW Tag Team Champions FTR renamed their finishing move after the “Exalted One.”