If giving and receiving respect was currency in wrestling, Brodie Lee would be the richest guy going to WWE.
The 6'7", nine-year veteran, has signed a WWE developmental deal. The company is not only gaining a big man who can wrestle, but a positive personality in the locker room.
The first time I met Brodie Lee was backstage at a television taping for PWO wrestling. He was being brought in and was going to be on the opposition for an angle I was involved in. It would call for Lee being a part of the main event tag match of an Internet pay-per-view going up against Kevin Nash.
I remember hearing a lot about Lee, as bringing him in on the angle had been a hope from creative for months.
In our first meeting, Lee greeted me with a genuine smile, hand shake and a slight bow of his head. That is Brodie Lee. Everybody he meets, no matter who they are, Lee shows a tremendous amount of respect. Ring crew, production people, merchandise workers, wrestlers—everybody.
It sounds simple to show respect to those working with you, no matter their role in the company, but sadly that appreciation isn't shown by everyone you come across in pro wrestling.
Lee has some trademark big man moves, but he isn't limited to just big boots or choke slams. He's worked with nearly every big name that has been on the independents in the last five years—Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, Sami Callihan, Johnny Gargano, the list goes on.
I'm clearly guessing on this, but I would think for a lot of the names I just listed, all have either made it to WWE or are on the WWE's radar, it has to be cool for them to all be getting their breaks in the same time frame.
If Lee can avoid injury setbacks, based on trends, he could have the recipe for success in WWE. He is big, mobile and has a marketable look, while also being smart and experienced in the business.
When you go to FCW, WWE doesn't care what you have accomplished outside. You're starting over and have to prove yourself there. Some guys have the talent and look, but can't deal with the WWE way.
In my personal opinion, Lee has worked all of the world with different personalities and he instinctively will know what he has to do to succeed politically.
I don't know what name or gimmick he'll have to the WWE universe. No matter what they call him, I'll know him as one of the most genuine guys I've met in the wrestling business. Go get 'em.