Brodie Lee, the artist formerly known as Luke Harper in WWE, has been unveiled as The Exalted One and the leader of The Dark Order, as AEW threw a nice swerve from having Matt Hardy as the leader.
Lee’s involvement came after Christopher Daniels, flanked by Frankie Kazarian, confronted Evil Uno and Stu Grayson, telling fans at home that The Dark Order was lying and there is no Exalted One. Daniels said that all they did was waste their time and now they’re sick of them.
But a video interrupted Daniels on the big screen and The Exalted One came out as the narration said that if he wants something, he’ll just take it and Daniels is not the first one to underestimate him, but he will be the last one. Lee then unveiled himself in the video. “My name is Brodie Lee, and I’m The Exalted One,” he said.
With the lights out in the empty arena, Lee positioned himself in the ring next to Evil Uno and Grayson and when the lights were brought up, The Dark Order attacked SCU. The segment ended with all of The Dark Order posing.
Harper was released from WWE in December of last year and his 90-day no-compete clause expired, enabling him to make his AEW debut. He has not appeared on television ever since the Crown Jewel pay-per-view on October 31. A month later, he trademarked his old independent wrestling name Brodie Lee.