Of course, after being unhappy in WWE, Lee asked for his release, which took longer than he wanted. In the end, WWE officials granted him exactly what he wanted in December.
After being on the sidelines for a few months while waiting out his non-compete clause, Lee was able to sign with AEW.
In this interview, he discussed who he had contact with in AEW about joining the promotion.
“I’ve reached out to many people during the year-long process [that AEW had been in existence],” Lee said. “Even Cody, since he left WWE, we stayed in contact. And I would always message these people, like Cody or The Bucks, whenever they had a great match and say ‘Hey, f—ing awesome job.’
“We discussed [AEW matches] in the WWE locker room as well. And Chris Jericho is someone I always stayed in contact with too. As soon as the release came down, I got several calls from several people [Laughs]. It was heartwarming and refreshing and a monkey off my back.”
Lee is slated to take part in his biggest match thus far under the AEW banner when he challenges Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship next Saturday at AEW Double or Nothing.
Lee also talked about the differences between AEW and WWE, the direction of his character, being the leader of The Dark Order, and more. You can read the interview here.