Absolutely gutted by this. It was such a shock - I had literally just looked up about him earlier in the week, trying to figure out when he'd be back on TV. The man was an absolute stand-out talent in a generation full of talent, and the people who knew him in the industry have spent the entire day talking about how kind and generous a human being he was outside of the ring. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the industry hasn't suffered a loss this deeply felt since Owen Hart.
I see some various reports (eg this tweet (twitter.com)) about a "bonus dark" match with Brodie's 8 year-old son "winning" the AEW championship against Kenny Omega, just a couple of weeks ago. Very, very both classy & kind to do that.
I am glad for Brodie that he got such a great run at the profession that he obviously loved before he had to go. Very sad for his family though.
I feel devastated. It was the first thing I read this morning and I just started tearing up. Always loved his characters in the ring and the guy could go. And he seemed like a great guy outside as well. Now, especially, so many amazing stories come out. I have never seen so many touching stories posted by fellow wrestlers as today. The man left quite an impression.
If you didn't see last night's Dynamite, go out of your way to track it down. So many great moments. Sad and funny and heartwarming and cathartic. Among the best episodes of wrestling TV ever and hopefully there's never anything like it again.
Yes, this week's episode of Dynamite was bittersweet. Will see how AEW books Dark Order from now on, but John Silver and those guys will be treated like babyfaces by any fans that are in the arena from now on.