Brodie Lee: I never trashed WWE

Chris Lingebach
May 21, 2020 - 4:43 pm

When Brodie Lee is in the ring against Jon Moxley fighting for the AEW World Championship on Saturday, it will be because that's exactly where he wanted to be.

After deciding to leave the WWE some months back, Lee – formerly known as Luke Harper – is now in a title match and free to be the creative force he's always wanted to be.

He does want to clear one thing up, though.

In an interview with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, Lee sought to dispel an internet myth about his WWE departure that's been wrongly perpetuated by the wrestling blogosphere.

"I think that's a big misnomer that has almost been cast upon me," Lee said. "So, if you read about me, people always say like, 'Oh, he complained on his way out. He buried WWE on his way out.' And if you go back and you look at any of my social media, you couldn't find an ounce of me burying WWE or putting a negative word out."

"And even look at when I asked for my release," he said. "The statement is one of the most positive things I could have said and I meant every word of it. WWE gave me a whole new life that I'm very thankful for and I don't hold anything against them. They made business decisions, and I also made business decisions.

"I think it's a huge misnomer on the internet that people think I trashed them and I bad-talked them, so I think I'm in the same boat as you. But, also, we're both very honest and we get it."

"Don't get me wrong, there was lots of frustration," Lee went on to say. "And it probably boiled over at points and boiled over to people even when I worked there. I was probably not a model employee at times and a lot of that's on me."

"But I was also, every time I was handed the ball or every time a pitch came down, I knocked it out of the park," he continued. "Every opportunity I had, I knocked it out of the park. So to then not be given the next opportunity became frustrating.

"And then when you're taken off the playing field and you're sat on the bench, then it becomes a thing of, 'So when I'm 70, and I'm looking at myself in the mirror and I've raised my children now, did I set the right example by just setting back and not doing what I wanted to do, and not living my dreams and not trying to fulfill my creativity to a point that I'll be happy?'"

"And so it became a lot of that after a while," he said.