"It's Wednesday, you know what that means."
Brodie Lee's wife and children were joined by the entire AEW roster for the ten-bell salute.
A Jon Moxley promo played. He said he's never had a more difficult time coming up with the words to say, and that Brodie Lee brought joy to wrestling. Moxley had known Lee from bingo halls to stadiums, but to Lee, this was just a job. 2020 has hurt us all, but Lee's passing was like a PRIDE soccer kick to the face. Wrestling isn't just a sport, it's a community, and we support each other.
Moxley hopes that Lee inspires us all to become a little bit better and to appreciate what we have, because every day, including a day spent with Lee, is a gift. "I love you, brother, and I'll never forget you."
Chris Jericho joined commentary for the show.
Colt Cabana & The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) defeated Matt Hardy & Private Party (Isaiah Kassidy & Marq Quen)
This was a fantastic, emotional opener (as expected).
Cabana had tears in his eyes during his entrance.
Nick tagged in and ran wild with clotheslines but was tripped yet again by Hardy. He fought back and landed his facebuster into a moonsault. "That's for you, Brodie."
Private Party surprised him with Gin 'n' Juice, Hardy hit the Twist of Fate, Kassidy hit the Swanton Bomb, and Quen landed a shooting star press, but Cabana broke up the pin. The official was distracted so Hardy tried to attack with a chair, but Quen wouldn't let him. They cut off Cabana and set up for Gin 'n' Juice, but Matt Jackson blindsided Quen with a superkick.
The Bucks hit Quen with an Indytaker, and Cabana followed it up with the Superman pin for three.
Dark Order "-1," Brodie Lee's son, was shown at ringside with Alan "5" Angels. The Acclaimed's music played, and Max Caster said he had something to say. SCU ran out and laid them out, the Bucks hit them with superkicks, and Cabana hit bionic elbows on both, sending them packing. "-1" looked on approvingly.
Darby Allin talked about Brodie Lee. Allin was so happy when Lee came to AEW, and he desperately wanted to wrestle him. He said that Lee had no ego. "He was the man, by far. #1 dude I wish I could've wrestled."
Before the match, Eddie Kingston took a mic and said "Brodie, I love you, I miss you." Now that the niceness was out of the way, he said that the Dark Order is nothing without Lee.
Dark Order (Stu Grayson & Evil Uno) & Lance Archer (w/ Jake Roberts) vs. Eddie Kingston, The Butcher, & The Blade (w/ The Bunny)
This was another excellent, hard-fought match.
Lance Archer wore classic Brodie Lee / Luke Harper gear, with the old tank top and blue jeans.
After the match, Dark Order and Archer landed forearms on Kingston before Roberts hit him with a short-arm clothesline.
The next tribute was about how much Brodie Lee loved his wife and children. It was said that Lee and his family were inseperable, and that Lee couldn't wait to get out of Daily's Place after work was done. Bryce Remsburg said that if there were a Mount Rushmore of wrestling dads, Lee should be on it.
Dark Order (John Silver & Alex Reynolds) & Hangman Page defeated Inner Circle (MJF, Santana, & Ortiz) (w/ Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, & Wardlow)
As great as the show's been so far, this was the highlight.
Silver wore the Mr. Brodie Lee robe and gear. Before the match, Silver and Reynolds pulled rolls of paper out and tossed them in their opponents' faces, a reference to what Lee would do to them on Being The Elite.
At the start of the match, Page pulled out a roll of paper of his own and tossed it in MJF's face. MJF screamed at "-1," Brodie Lee's son, at ringside.
With the official distracted, Wardlow attacked Reynolds with a clothesline, so Eric Redbeard (Erick Rowan in WWE, Brodie Lee's longtime tag partner) ran out to send Wardlow packing. What a wonderful moment.
Dark Order hit power moves on Ortiz, concluded by a Buckshot Lariat from Page, but MJF put Ortiz's foot on the ropes. MJF pulled off the mask of "-1," who subsequently domed MJF with a kendo stick.
Silver posed like Lee, landed the discus forearm, and pinned Ortiz.
Everyone was emotional after the match, particularly Silver. Redbeard came back out with a sign that read "Goodbye for now, my brother. See you down the road."
***1/2 Thumbs Up
Eddie Kingston said he was going to miss Brodie Lee. He's gonna miss Lee busting his balls, but he's also going to miss Lee believing in him. Kingston wants Lee's children to know that their father isn't gone, because his teachings live on. Lee was a warrior inside and outside of the ring, and he loved his children.
Anna Jay & Tay Conti defeated Britt Baker, D.M.D. & Penelope Ford
Preston "10" Vance, Cody Rhodes, & Orange Cassidy defeated Team Taz (Brian Cage, Ricky Starks, & Powerhouse Hobbs)
This match features the favorite wrestlers of "-1" and was billed as "one night only." Bryce Remsburg, very emotional earlier on in the show, was the official for the match.
As the crowd chanted "10," Taz grabbed a chair, but was met with Arn Anderson, who had a chair of his own. Cassidy hit the Orange Punch, Cody hit Cross Rhodes, and 10 hit his spinebuster as Remsburg counted three.
The winning team, especially 10, was emotional after the match, but Team Taz attacked. The lights went out and Darby Allin appeared, but the lights went out again, and Allin was flanked by Sting.
With the odds evened, Team Taz was forced to retreat.
Emphatic Thumbs Up
There is nothing NXT can do against this episode
Brodie Lee Celebration of Life
Cody Rhodes was alone in the ring, very emotional. He said that he was looking for something to encapsulate Brodie Lee. He quoted Samuel Johnson, saying "You can judge a man's character by how he treats somebody who can do him no good." He talked about all the stories we've heard over the past few days of people whose lives were positively affected by Brodie Lee.
Brodie "-1" Lee Jr., full entrance and all, came out with his mother, Preston Vance, and Tony Khan. He took his father's boots and placed them in the center of the ring. Cody draped a purple cloth over them. Khan said that Brodie Lee was the greatest TNT champion of all time and presented "-1" with his own belt, calling him the TNT champion for life.
A tribute video for Brodie Lee played. There was footage from way early in his career all the way up to his AEW tenure as well as plenty of photos with his wife and children. It closed with "In memory of Jon Huber, Brodie Lee, 1979-2020."