The late star died on December 26, 2020 (Picture: AEW)
Mike Bennett has paid tribute to Brodie Lee and described how the late AEW and WWE wrestler made everyone feel like he was their ‘best friend’.
The former Ring of Honor star – who worked with Brodie during his time as Luke Harper in WWE – has reflected on his fondest memories of the former champion one year after he tragically died aged 41 from a rare lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, on December 26.
He exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘Brodie’s one of those rare people that, I realised after he passed away – everyone that had ever been around him or considered him a friend, always felt like he was their best friend.
‘Everyone felt that way. Anyone you talk to, they felt so incredibly close to that man and that’s… that’s not just rare int eh wrestling industry, that’s rare in life, to have someone that everybody connects with.’
Part of that came from Brodie – real name Jon Huber – and his attitude to life, with Mike pointed out he never took things ‘too seriously’.
‘I just feel like with Brodie, the reason why people connected with him so much is it felt like he never took life so seriously, in a good way,’ he smiled. ‘I feel like in order to survive life, you can’t take it too seriously because it’s just one big game.’
Mike has opened up on Brodie (Picture: Ring of Honor/Mike Adams)
And he described the late wrestler as someone who managed to ‘make people laugh’ no matter what they were going through at the time.
He added: ‘Brodie had the incredible ability to, no matter what the situation was, always find a way to make people laugh about it. Regardless of how lousy or crappy or miserable it was, he always found a way.’
For Mike and Brodie though, a big part of their bond came from their families, with both men being very proud fathers and finding a connection through their young kids.
‘For me, the thing I’ll always cherish and remember the most – which is always that hardest part when talking about Brodie – is our conversations about our kids,’ he smiled fondly.
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‘He constantly would be the one to talk to me – he had babies before I had mine, and so he was the one who would constantly ask me about how things were going, and we’d talk about our children, and his love for his kids.’
A year on, and social media is constantly buzzing with tributes to Brodie Lee, with his son Brodie Jr and widow Amanda Huber still a big part of the All Elite Wrestling family, and there is a constant reminder of how much he meant to those who knew him.
‘He’s just a good dude. He was just a really good dude,’ Mike said. ‘I think of that guy and I smile, I know everyone else does too.’
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