AEW Dynamite preview: Brodie Lee on match vs Cody Rhodes

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, sticking with him far longer than the cuts and bruises he took in the match against Moxley.

“I doubted myself after that Moxley match,” said Lee. “I was in my head after that. Coming off a loss in a world title program is a reality I’ve never had to deal with before.

“To his credit, Dax Harwood of FTR said something special to me backstage. ‘We don’t need a self-doubting Brodie,’ he said. ‘We need an ass-kicking, cocky-ass Brodie.’ He’s right, and that’s what you are going to get. I’ll apologize to Cody after the fact.”

The match with Rhodes this Saturday could be viewed as a battle of two former WWE stars—they were key cogs in the success of the show-opening Intercontinental title match at WrestleMania 31, one that also included Moxley—but the 40-year-old Jon Huber is intent on showcasing a different side of himself as Brodie Lee.

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