From the first vignette showing Brodie Lee eating steak and becoming angered by sneezing, fans began to draw comparisons between Lee and Vince McMahon. The comparisons only increased when Lee was referred to as Mr. Brodie Lee and he grew frustrated by trivial things.
Despite the parallels between the two, Lee says nothing was intentional in how his character is portrayed.
"You can take it however you want," Lee told Busted Open Radio when asked about the similarities. "I happen to be a fan of mafia movies and so that's the way the character was portrayed for me. I believe the leadership style, the results speak for themselves. You people can take it any way you want. Trust me, I hear you. I hear everybody. Nothing was intentional. I have no reason to hate WWE. No reason to hate Vince McMahon. Nothing like that. But take it how you want.
"If you walk into a boardroom and you realized how quickly the guy at the head of the table was not as strong or powerful as you and you realized you knew more than him, you have the hand up. My goal is to make sure that doesn't happen. I'm the guy in control and the most powerful in the room. I speak the loudest, you listen to me and do what I say."
Cody clarified the character's direction shortly after Lee debuted, saying it isn't an outright spoof of McMahon, but did note that there were unique parallels. You can find Cody's full comments by clicking here.
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