Brodie Lee challenges Cody Rhodes for the TNT Championship this Saturday on Dynamite, providing an opportunity for more than wrestling gold.
Lee debuted for AEW in March, revealed as “The Exalted One” and leader of the Dark Order. He was quickly thrown into the world title picture, where he was unsuccessful in his attempt to dethrone AEW Champion Jon Moxley at Double or Nothing in May.
The reality of that loss was not devastating, but perception and reality are distant relatives in pro wrestling. Lee took Moxley’s Paradigm Shift finisher through the entrance ramp, returned to the ring covered in blood, and the match ended by referee stoppage after Moxley choked out Lee. But a monster loses a piece of his aura with every defeat, especially in a profession that quickly moves onto the next commodity. The question of what happens next was the immediate thought that hit Lee,