The wrestling world lost Jon Huber (Brodie Lee in AEW, Luke Harper in WWE) on December 26 after he battled a non-COVID lung illness.
Throughout the week, wrestlers and companies have paid tribute to Huber, his career, and his life. Friday Night SmackDown was no different.
Much like Raw, SmackDown opened with a graphic honoring Huber. Big E had plenty of nods to Huber in his match against King Corbin, which turned into a tag team match. Big E wore a "BRODIE" armband and used a gator roll during the singles match against Corbin. Later, in the tag team match, Big E yelled "Yeah, yeah, yeah" before performing a running splash. Corey Graves noted on commentary, "that's like getting run over by a Big Rig," a nod to one of Huber's nicknames.
While on the phone in a backstage segment, Adam Pearce said, "You know what that means."
During a backstage promo, Big E said "I have fans coming up to me from Rome to Rochester. I had little Nolans and Amandas coming up to me." Rochester is the hometown of Huber while Amanda is his wife and Nolan is his youngest son. Big E also mentioned the Maple Leafs in his promo, which was Huber's favorite hockey team.
During his tag team match against Daniel Bryan and Otis, Cesaro performed a Brodie sidewalk slam. In the same bout, Otis used a discus clothesline. Cesaro and Bryan also wore "BRODIE" armbands in the bout.
You will never be forgotten.— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) January 2, 2021
Thank you for everything, Jon. pic.twitter.com/cWt7ZyL3LA
he mentioned brodie’s wife and son -- i love big e pic.twitter.com/qx6dOewcGy— ---------- (@baIorscole) January 2, 2021
You can view all the tributes paid to Huber by Raw superstars by clicking here.
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