The present opened with a graphic in his honour (Picture: WWE)
WWE superstars continued to recollect Brodie Lee with a lot of touching moments on SmackDown.
The blue model’s wrestlers paid tribute to the late star – whose real name is Jon Huber and was known as Luke Harper throughout his time with the corporate – all through the evening on Friday, with the present itself opening with a graphic in his honour.
The likes of Intercontinental Champion Huge E, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Daniel Bryan and Cesaro all appeared with black armbands with ‘Brodie’ on them.
The IC champ used considered one of Lee’s signature strikes – the gator roll – throughout his match with King Corbin, which grew to become a tag bout with Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn getting concerned.
Within the subsequence conflict, Huge E additionally shouted ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ earlier than hitting a splash, which commentator Corey Graves used as a chance to reference considered one of Brodie’s nicknames.
‘That’s like getting run over by a Huge Rig,’ he quipped.
And backstage, Huge E minimize a promo through which he referenced Brodie’s hometown of Rochester, in addition to his wife Amanda and youngest son Nolan, and his favorite hockey workforce the Maple Leafs.
At one level, he stated: ‘I’ve followers coming as much as me from Rome to Rochester. I had little Nolans and Amandas coming as much as me.’
In one other backstage section, WWE official Adam Pearce was talking on the telephone and stated: ‘You realize what meaning’, one other reference to Brodie.
In a tag workforce match pitting Daniel Bryan and Otis towards Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro, the latter delivered a sidewalk slam within the type of Lee, whereas Otis used a discus clothesline.
Even the official WWE Twitter account appeared to drop a refined tribute in through the present, with an obvious nod to Brodie’s eldest son, who has been nicknamed -1 as a member of AEW’s Dark Order faction.
The social media workforce tweeted: ‘#SmackDown Ladies’s Champion @SashaBanksWWE has encountered an impediment on this tag workforce match… a unfavourable one!’