I think he is lying, he never played D3. Because the item he said is from WOW not from D3.
Go check out the AH pics from the beta press-kit..theres a Brutality Blade on the AH. Molten Core much?...but thats to be expected. Given a number on the team will have worked on WoW, and they probably anticipate a large number of WoW players at least trying D3 we can probably expect quite a few WoW references/easter eggs. I do at least.