Keith Lee (wrestler)

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Keith Lee
Keith Lee WWN champion (cropped).jpg
Keith Lee as WWN Champion in 2018
Born (1984-11-08) November 8, 1984 (age 34)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Keith Lee
Billed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Billed weight320 lb (150 kg)[1]
Trained byKiller Tim Brooks
DebutFebruary 2005

Keith Lee (born November 8, 1984) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE where he performs on their developmental territory NXT. He is known for his work on the American independent circuit, where he competed for promotions such as Evolve, All American Wrestling (AAW), and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). He is a one-time PWG World Champion and one-time WWN Champion.

Early life[edit]

Lee was introduced to professional wrestling at a young age by his grandmother, who was a fan herself, and credits her with inspiring him to pursue a career in professional wrestling. Lee played college football at Texas A&M, but quit to become a professional wrestler.[2][3]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Evolve (2017–2018)[edit]

After leaving Ring Of Honor, Lee signed with Evolve Wrestling in January 2017, and made his debut on January 27, losing to Chris Hero.[4] He made his return in February at Evolve 78, defeating Zack Sabre Jr.[5] The following night, he defeated Tracy Williams.[6] Lee received his first championship opportunity in Evolve at Evolve 87 in June, when he unsuccessfully challenged Matt Riddle for the WWN Championship.[7] On October 14, 2017, Lee defeated Riddle to win the WWN Championship. He lost the title at EVOLVE 103 against Austin Theory.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2017–2018)[edit]

Lee made his Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) debut on March 18, 2017 at Nice Boys (Don't Play Rock N' Roll), competing in a triple threat match against Sami Callihan and Brian Cage, won by Cage.[8] He returned in April at Game Over, Man, losing to Jeff Cobb.[9] On May 19 at Head Like A Cole, he won his first match in PWG, defeating Trevor Lee.[10] He followed this up by defeating Lio Rush and Trent? at Pushin Forward Back on July 7.[11] In September, Lee made it to the finals of the 2017 Battle of Los Angeles, where he was defeated by Ricochet.[12] Lee's quarterfinal match against Donovan Dijak was awarded a five-star rating by Dave Meltzer.[13]

At Time Is a Flat Circle on March 23, 2018, Lee defeated Chuck Taylor to become the PWG World Champion. During the subsequent month's All Star Weekend 14, Lee went on to lose the championship to WALTER in a three-way title defense, also involving Jonah Rock.

WWE (2018–present)[edit]

Lee performing the pop-up powerbomb on Kassius Ohno

On April 5, 2018, during WrestleMania Axxess weekend, Lee made an appearance for NXT defeating Kassius Ohno.[14] On May 1, it was announced that Lee had signed a contract with WWE.[15] Lee appeared in attendance for NXT TakeOver: Chicago II on June 16.[16]

On the August 8 episode of NXT, Lee made his in-ring debut, defeating Marcel Barthel.[17] He appeared two weeks later on NXT, defeating Luke Menzies.[18] An altercation between Lee and Kona Reeves was shown on the September 26 episode of NXT.[19] The two had a match two weeks later, in which Lee was victorious.[20]

On the November 21 episode of NXT, Lee defeated Fidel Bravo. Later in the night, Lars Sullivan defeated Keita Murray. While Sullivan attacked Murray after the match, Lee intervened and chased Sullivan from the ring.[21][22] The two faced off the following week, in which Lee was defeated.[23]

On March 7, 2019, Lee suffered an undisclosed injury. The injury resulted in an early end to his planned feud with Dominik Dijakovic, who he was supposed to face for the next two months. Lee returned to action on April 18, at a NXT live event in Lakeland, Florida.[24]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Keith Lee". WWE. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Interview – Keith Lee – The British Wrestling Revival Blog". thebritishwrestlingrevival.wordpress.com. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Keith Lee helping to change the game for big men in wrestling". Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  4. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "EVOLVE 76: A Hero's Exit – Tag 1 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  5. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "EVOLVE 78 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  6. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "EVOLVE 79 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  7. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "EVOLVE 87 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  8. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "PWG Nice Boys (Don't Play Rock N' Roll) « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  9. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "PWG Game Over, Man « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  10. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "PWG Head Like A Cole « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  11. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "PWG Pushin Forward Back « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  12. ^ Meltzer, Dave (4 September 2017). "PWG BOLA night three results: The winner is crowned". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  13. ^ Meltzer, Dave (December 26, 2017). "Dave Meltzer's top-rated matches of 2017: Donovan Dijak vs. Keith Lee". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Currier, Joseph. "WWE AXXESS DAY ONE RESULTS: KEITH LEE VS. KASSIUS OHNO". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "Keith Lee signs WWE deal, update on WALTER and WWE, Danny Burch signs with WWE -". 2 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Keith Lee appears ringside at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II". WWE.com. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "Keith Lee def. Marcel Barthel". WWE.com. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Keith Lee def. Luke Menzies". WWE.com. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  19. ^ "Alternate angle of Keith Lee and Kona Reeves' altercation: NXT Exclusive, Sept. 26, 2018". YouTube. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "Keith Lee def. Kona Reeves". WWE.com. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  21. ^ "Keith Lee def. Fidel Bravo". WWE.com. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  22. ^ "Lars Sullivan def. Keita Murray". WWE.com. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  23. ^ "Lars Sullivan def. Keith Lee". WWE.com. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  24. ^ https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/keith-lee-returns-undisclosed-injury-nxt-live-event-lakeland
  25. ^ PWG World Championship history
  26. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2018". cagematch.net. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  27. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "VIP Heavyweight Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
  28. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "VIP Tag Team Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
  29. ^ Williams, JJ (October 15, 2017). "Evolve 94 results: Matt Riddle vs. Keith Lee last man standing match". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved October 15, 2017.

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