During an appearance on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Brodie Lee talked about how his AEW debut in his hometown of Rochester, NY was changed due to Covid-19:
“I was excited to be a part of AEW in literally any capacity after leaving WWE. I had been watching it. I’ve watched since one year ago today. I was always at home on my couch, watching, excited. I had so many friends, so many people that had, in the same way, bet on themselves, and now, they have national wrestling company on a cable television network that is uber successful.
“People knew kind of in a roundabout way, at least in the town of Rochester, that it was probably going to happen that way. But I think nationally, I don’t think Rochester was recognized as a place that is labeled on me as a hometown. In WWE, I was never announced from Rochester.”
“I wasn’t allowed to be, so I don’t think people associated it with me. But I think there was a scuttlebutt in Rochester and people were ready for it, and of course, [it was] serendipitous to a point. And I thought it was going to be probably the highlight of my career and was too good to be true, and of course, it was.”
(quotes courtesy of WrestlingInc.com)