WWE news: Brodie Lee says Vince McMahon only saw him as a 'backwards hillbilly character' in WWE

In some of the least surprising wrestling news of 2020, the man formerly known as Luke Harper made his debut for All Elite Wrestling nearly two weeks ago.

The former Wyatt Family member requested his release from WWE last April, but it was rejected by the company – and they added more time onto his deal due to injuries.

But he finally got his wish in December, as Vince McMahon finally gave in and let Harper leave the company, albeit with the usual 90-day no compete clause.

A lot of WWE fans saw huge potential in Harper, and he has drawn comparisons to the late, great Bruiser Brody due to his in-ring talents, but the company never seemed to do anything with him as a singles star.

He had one run with the Intercontinental Championship in 2014 and a brief run in the SmackDown main event scene before WrestleMania 33, but aside from that, Harper was limited to tag team action with Erick Rowan.

And Harper – now re-christened as his pre-WWE ring name Brodie Lee – believes that the man who runs the show never believed in his abilities – and only saw him as one thing.

“So I think the way I do talk, Vince doesn’t see a person that looks like me talking like me,” AEW’s Exalted One told Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, per eWrestlingNews.

“And I don’t think he could get over that. He saw a backwoods hillbilly who talked in a southern drawl, and being from Rochester, New York and being somewhat eloquent, he didn’t understand, and it just didn’t compute with him.”

Vince also scripted Harper to talk in a southern accent, just one week after he told the star that he didn’t like his attempts – which just proves how confusing it is to be a part of WWE’s creative process.

Arn Anderson was mentioned as one of Harper’s big supporters backstage in WWE, but that doesn’t always matter when the big boss doesn’t have confidence in you.

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