Brodie Lee (Luke Harper)
Brodie Lee (real name Jonathan Huber), who tragically passed away at the age of 41 in December 2020, was with WWE for a number of years before making a surprise debut in AEW earlier that year. Between 2012 and 2019, Lee, wrestling under the name Luke Harper, was one of the most talented yet underused wrestlers in the company who could put on intense matches with anyone who dared to go up against him. Watching the former Luke Harper, it was easy to tell there was something special there, even if the powers that be at WWE didn’t share the same sentiment.
Once he transitioned to AEW, Brodie Lee hit the ground running with his Dark Order faction and high-profile matches against AEW Champion Jon Moxley and TNT Champion Cody Rhodes, defeating the latter and going on a nice title run of his own before departing for unspecified reasons in October 2020 just months before he died on December 26, 2020.
These are just the major WWE superstars to have signed on with AEW since the promotion got underway a few years back. Other former wrestlers and longtime WWE employees like commentator Jim Ross, and producers Jake Roberts, Arn Anderson and Dean Malenko are all working for the upstart company and giving WWE its first true competitor in nearly 20 years.