Will Pruett, ProWrestling.net co-senior staff (@itswilltime) – Photo provider: AEW
The first wrestling tribute show I’ve ever seen was an episode of Raw’s Owen Hart. When I saw a wrestler a teenager after the wrestlers remembered their friends and poured their minds on the screens dealing with their grief, it burned into my memory over 20 years later. At that time, I knew that this was a powerful medium, a powerful expression of sadness and pain. I didn’t expect it to be a wrestling genre, so I’m very sad.
Well, I’m here to celebrate the life of Brodie Lee (aka Luke Harper, real name John Hoover), the latest entry in this genre, All Elite Wrestling. Not only was this a notable celebration of Lee’s legacy, but it was also the first such show produced by a startup wrestling company. AEW has created something truly special to celebrate Brodie’s achievements both on-screen and off, while offering the moments of the Hoover family of wrestlers, fans, and most importantly Catharsis.
Wrestling is a beautiful form of art that captures human emotions and imagination better than any other work. All elite wrestling showed how to serve multiple masters, prioritizing sad families over anyone, which is unusual in corporate wrestling. This was the best and most emotional wrestling show AEW has ever produced. Hopefully it’s also the last such show they’ve ever made.
The Hoover family was the central focus of the show and screen when dynamite began. The salute of the ten bells seemed to freeze due to its simplicity and effectiveness. Again, we reach the tragedy of these moments, a tradition of wrestling, especially when wrestlers die before time. We literally saw the AEW roster that surrounded the family, comforted them, and encouraged them. A difficult moment given to a fan as a way to acknowledge the loss of the fan, shared on the screen.
Following the salute, cutting into AEW’s best communicator with fans, John Moxley, and providing words of sadness, comfort and encouragement provided a beautiful touch. Moxley’s words were carefully chosen, his eyes were hidden, and his soul was exposed. Moxley pointed out the professional wrestling community when fans sought answers and exits for their emotions. Behind and in front of the curtain, Moxley described the community at its best and gave hope to those who felt isolated.
The match at this show was not a regular match. They were an energy explosion in sorrow. For the participants, it was a break from tears and sadness. As a performer, I know that sometimes I forget myself at the moment of performance. Your conscious brain leaves you and your instincts begin. It’s a strange place. You don’t want to forget your sadness, but you put it in the back burner. In every match of these shows, there was a moment when the professionals we were looking for joy and entertainment did what we were counting on. Then there was a moment when the match was over and when the adrenaline rush subsided, I saw their sorrow come back in a hurry. I saw them pointing to the sky salute to Brody.
As I said before, the show focused on the Hoover family, especially Brodie Lee Jr. (-1), Hoover’s eight-year-old son. Reading stories one after another this week, young Lee has been a wrestling locker room fixture for the past few years. It was nice to see this kid and his father-loving wrestler often acting just for him. I couldn’t imagine being as bad for an eight year old child as losing a parent. It must be comforting to feel the community gathering around you at this moment of sadness.
MJF’s performance, which antagonizes -1 until the child hits him with a kendo stick, stands out as a particularly enjoyable moment. We all laughed in tears and celebrated the hard shots from the age of eight.
The appearance of Eric “Rowan” Redbeard (and Chris Jericho’s commentary insisting not to forget WWE’s intellectual property) was a beautiful surprise. This was not only a homage to Brodie Lee’s seven-month career at AEW, but also a homage to his entire career and life as a professional wrestler. AEW did not pretend that his time at WWE did not exist. In the final tribute video, I showed a picture of a WWE wrestler, talked freely about the WWE tour, and didn’t impose strange words on the tribute. Eric Red Beard has never appeared in AEW, but he knows his fans know him and will love this cathartic moment.
Finally, it’s a lifelong image to see AEW’s apparently emotional president Tony Khan win the TNT Championship when his child retires from his father’s boots in the ring. This was all a compliment, a love letter to the family, a rally to the community, and most importantly, the right thing to do.
All Elite Wrestling has created the best possible version of last night’s Wrestling Tribute Show. It broke my heart. It made me laugh. It brought closure to a terrible situation. I hope they are never in a position to do this again.
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