Brodie Lee (fka Luke Harper, real name Jon Huber) tragically passed away in 2020 at the age of 41 due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Since then, people from all corners of the professional wrestling world have found different ways to pay tribute to Lee, as he was well-liked and highly respected by his peers. WWE ran a live event in Rochester, New York (Lee’s hometown) this weekend and Seth Rollins was finally given the chance to deliver his own tribute after a match with Austin Theory.
“He passed away a couple of years ago about this time and this is really the first time I’ve been here with a microphone in my hand in his city to tell him how much I miss him, and how much I love him,” Rollins said. “I just wanted to say tonight was for him. Every single time we’re in Rochester, in my heart, that means we’re here for him. It’s Saturday, and you know what that means. So do your damn thing and sing my song.”
Rollins paid his respects to the former Intercontinental Champion on social media back when the news of his death first broke. He wrote back in 2020, “I was hoping at some point that the perfect words would come to me, but the truth is I still can’t even come to terms with reality on this one. My heart is so broken. I loved Brodie. He was truly all the great things everyone has already said he is and if you ever met him you’d have known it in an instant. He was a loving husband. A devoted father. He was a kind soul. A loyal friend. He was a grinder too, man. Passionate and thoughtful. Smart and funny. Dude had an infectious laugh and was such a s—stirrer. He was a person I looked forward to…and it goddamn kills me to know I’ll never be able to do that again…
“Back in FCW, I vouched HARD for Brodie to get hired at WWE based on knowing and working with him briefly in ROH. We spent a little time in Tampa together, but The Shield debut took me on the road pretty soon after he moved down. Luckily, the Wyatt Family followed us out of developmental shortly thereafter and let me tell you he was a real treat to have on the road. That’s where we really got to know each other,” he continued. “I’ll always love him for prodding Bray and Braun to see how far they’d take their ridiculous oneupsmanship. He was often a monitor sellout because we’d all be waiting to see how many of Dana’s poses he’d sneak in during his match. He even came to me to try CrossFit when he wanted to lean up. I think he hated burpees more than I do. Funnily enough, he and I almost came to blows backstage during the Shield/Wyatt series. We were both so fired up trying to do right by our respective squads that we tended to get a little snippy towards each other. It was the best. He was the best. And I’m smiling so big as I’m remembering all this good stuff, fighting back tears. I thought writing this would just be all crying and sadness, but it’s impossible to remember Brodie without laughing. He was just a light of good energy. I looked up to Brodie. Not just because he was a physical mountain of a man, but because of how he was as a father and husband. And as I venture into those realms myself now, I really hope I can carry a bit of him with me. I hope I can be to my family even a little of what he was to his. Love you, big man. Miss you already.”