AEW paid tribute to Jon Huber (Brodie Lee in AEW) on December 30 with a show remembering the life and career of Brodie.
Brodie tragically passed away on December 26 after battling a non-COVID lung illness.
The show was highlighted with various spots and nods to Brodie from those who worked with him on the Independent scene and in WWE and AEW. On the subsequent episode of Being The Elite, fans were taken backstage to see what happened throughout the show.
The Being The Elite episode was highlighted by a speech from Eddie Kingston after the show.
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Speaking to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, Eddie recalled what was going through his head as he delivered his speech.
"Homicide makes fun of me now because he says, 'Ah, see, you're the locker room leader now.' 'Leave me alone.' He'll randomly send me a picture of something that says 'BOSS' on it," joked Kingston. "What was weird was, I just had an overwhelming feeling of energy after the show was over and I felt like I needed people to understand why I got this energy. I started yelling because I was like, why can't we do this every week? Why does it take one of our fallen brothers, and I consider Brodie a brother, why does it take him to pass away for us to be this emotional in the ring and bring it out to the people? I'm going on and on and I'm like, 'This is really embarrassing, people are looking at me, what the fuck is going on.' I see the camera, and you can see me see the camera, and I was like, 'Okay, gotta carry it' and run away as fast as I can because it's not about that. I get why they put it up, and that's cool. I've done a lot of bad in my past and I don't think me doing this stuff now is like, 'Oh, I'm a good boy, look at me.' I can give a fuck less. As long as my family knows I'm a good person, I'm good."
Kingston paid tribute to Brodie by wearing a Notre Dame jersey. Brodie would claim that he played was an offensive lineman at Notre Dame in the 80s and would block for Tony Rice.
Kingston was also one of many who recorded a video for Brodie and his family that aired during the show.
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