Keith Lee is a 36-year-old American professional wrestler from Wichita Falls, Texas. He wrestles for the WWE and performs on the company’s RAW brand.
He 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 started his wrestling career in 2015 for Ring of Honor (ROH) and started making appearances with Shane Taylor, calling themselves “Pretty Boy Killers” (PBK).
At Ring of Honor’s event, Field of Honor in August 2016, Keith Lee and Shane Taylor participated in a gauntlet tag team match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship, but were unsuccessful in capturing the titles. For the rest of 2016, PBK continued competing for ROH’s tag team championship titles but failed to win them. Lee’s last match for ROH was in February 2017.
Lee moved on from ROH and signed with Evolve in January 2017 and made his first appearance at Evolve 76. While wrestling for Evolve, Keith defeated Matt Riddle to win the WWN Championship. On April 6, 2018, at Evolve 103, he lost the title to Austin Theory.
Keith Lee’s WWE Debut
In April 2018, Keith Lee made his debut appearance for NXT defeating Kassius Ohno and then officially signed with World Wrestling Entertainment in May 2018. On August 8, 2018, Keith Lee made his NXT debut defeating Marcel Barthel. Lee made his first NXT TakeOver appearance at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019 as a member of Team Ciampa which also included Tommaso Ciampa, Dominik Dijakovic, and Kevin Owens in a winning effort against the Undisputed Era.
The following night, Keith Lee wrestled at Survivor Series 2019 for Team NXT with Tommaso Ciampa, WALTER, Damian Priest, and Matt Riddle. Keith Lee made a huge impact being in the final two in the match before finally being eliminated by Roman Reigns.
Keith Lee Wins NXT Championship
In January 2020, Lee won the NXT North American Championship against Roderick Strong. A few weeks later, Lee was an entrant in the 2020 Royal Rumble taking on Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman, before being eliminated by Brock Lesnar.
Since then, he has had successful North American Championship defenses against Dominik Dijakovic, Johnny Gargano, Cameron Grimes, and Damian Priest. In July 2020, he faced Adam Cole for his NXT Championship while defending his North American Championship in a winner take all match. Keith Lee won becoming the first person to hold the NXT Championship and the NXT North American Championship simultaneously.
Lee vacated the North American Championship so other roster members could be given more opportunities. At NXT TakeOver: XXX, Keith Lee lost the title to Karrion Kross.
At SummerSlam, it was announced that Keith Lee would make his main roster debut on Monday Night RAW on August 24, 2020.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Inspire Pro Wrestling
- Inspire Pro Pure Prestige Championship (1 time)
- North American Wrestling Allegiance
- NAWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
- PWG World Championship (1 time)
- VIP Wrestling
- VIP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- VIP Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- WWN Championship (1 time)
- Xtreme Championship Wrestling
- XCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- XCW TNT Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- NXT Championship (1 time)
- NXT North American Championship (1 time)
- NXT Year-End Award for Breakout Star of the Year (2019)