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Brodie Lee was the third choice for AEW as "Exalted One"

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Every self-respecting promotion must have factions. AND All Elite Wrestling it is superfluous in this sense, in what seems an emulation of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Maybe that's why The Dark Order not yet have enough aura to be seen as one of the greats within the company of Tony Khan.

Although for now, the work of Brodie lee, despite the fact that their employers were given too hasty an impulse towards the star positions, defeated against Jon Moxley in AEW Double or Nothing 2020, it is proving impeccable.

Although, as revealed now Chris Jericho under the latest installment of 'Talk Is Jericho', the former Luke Harper was not the first choice as the identity of The Dark Order's "Exalted One", which for several weeks sparked numerous speculations. Nor the second. Y2J explained to Dr. Luther that this was also under consideration, but that Lee was finally chosen.

Brodie Lee as "Exalted One"
AEW

► From Marty Scurll to Brodie Lee as "Exalted One"


«I sent them a video of you, because The Dark Order was a matter of Nick y Matt sets [Jackson], so I thought it would be nice to show Tony [Khan] and Cody [Rhodes]. You know, Tony is the boss, right? And Cody said he liked your delivery, that you had the cadence of Jake Roberts. And then they said to bring you in for a camera test, that's how it was.

"I believe that immediately, the Bucks thought of Marty Scurll. I think the original plan was to have Marty Scurll as leader of The Dark Order. Then they wanted to Matt Hardy, until that transformed into Luke Harper, of course. So I think you were out of the equation, because they had other guys in mind. "

Dave Meltzer already reported that in January, AEW's creative plans were aimed at "The Villain" debuting in Dynamite as leader of "The Dark Order", but a great offer of Ring of Honor prevented it, where the Briton assumed the role of chief creative officer of the SBG company.

Whereas the recent allegations against Scurll, framed within the #SpeakingOut movement, it seems that after all, Harper was the best option. Hardy plays quite a lot with his tripolar character, while Dr. Luther would not have lived up to the ring due to his age.

Brodie Lee as "Exalted One"
ROH

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