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The Unrestricted Podcast with Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards is a great way to get into the minds of your favorite AEW wrestlers. This week’s edition is no different. Brodie Lee is the guest this week, and like in his past appearances for podcasts, he’s a great guest. Overall, the podcast was a great one. I’ve listened to him before, so I know his journey outside of the ring. He’s had quite a few setbacks, especially injury related ones. He considered quitting pro wrestling at different points in his career.

Now that he’s in AEW and thriving, he can really show who he is as a performer. As the leader of The Dark Order, he made a big splash in his debut with the company. He’s held the TNT TV Title, and had a fantastic match with Jon Moxley for the AEW Championship at Double or Nothing earlier this year.

Highlights Of The Podcast Appearance For Brodie Lee

His most famous match so far might have been the excellent “Dog-collar” match he had with Cody on Dynamite a few weeks ago.

Here’s what he had to say about that match.

We were presented a couple of different chains and options and we went with what you saw on TV mainly because it looked good on TV. That was not beneficial to my neck to have that strapped around me and then carry it around for 20 minutes while another man is trying to kill me.

That match was absolutely brutal for both competitors. Normally I hate stipulations like the “Dog Collar” match, but this one was fantastic. It was a real throwback performance for Cody and Brodie.

The real reason you’re reading this though, is to hear about what Brodie had to say about the Vinny Mac comparisons. When he first debuted, Brodie definitely had a vibe about him, similar to the Chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon.

The Vince McMahon comparisons flew! That’s all people talked about the first 3 to 4 weeks of my AEW career, and that became I think detrimental to me, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t want it. So I tried to get away from the stuff that they were saying so as opposed to a multi-colored suit, I now went with a full tailored to me that I don’t think looks like a Vince McMahon or anybody else. This is my bi-monthly routine now is to go get a suit made, and I love it.

The Vinny Mac Comparisons Might Have Gotten Attention For Brodie, But They Don’t Help Long-Term

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For AEW to succeed long-term, they should probably forget that WWE exists at a certain point. The constant subtle and not-so-subtle bashing of WWE works for a cheap pop (especially to sites like ours), but it doesn’t help anything in the long run. Brodie needs to become his own person. I’ll argue that in the past few months, he has. He’s broken out of that “former WWE” guy mold. The Dark Order might not have as much momentum as it did before. They’re still big-time players on the AEW stage though. And it’s only a matter of time before they pick back up where they left off.

In a time like this pandemic, Brodie Lee and AEW have given it all they’ve got. The cards were dealt, and they played. So keep that in mind whenever you move to criticize someone in that company or any other. We don’t know what these people are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. Plus, they’re giving us fantastic wrestling to watch week in and week out.

You can listen to the Unrestricted Podcast every Thursday with Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards. It’s on every place you get podcasts and YouTube. AEW Dynamite is on Wednesdays at 5:00/8:00 on TNT.

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