Big Keith Lee had his moment at the 2020 Royal Rumble when he walked out at No. 13. The 6’2” tall NXT North American Champion, weighing 320 lbs went toe-to-toe against Brock Lesnar in battle of the behemoths. Lee and Lesnar went back and forth, at one juncture, both taking each other out with a flying clothesline. Also Read - WWE's Kayla Braxton Tests Positive For Coronavirus For Second Time, Deactivates Twitter Account After Cyberbullying
Lee eventually fell to the Beast Incarnate and was eliminated but not before he had shown the world his worth. Lee is one of the most agile and athletic heavyweights in the company. At the 2019 Survivor Series, he eliminated Seth Rollins and almost won the match for his brand NXT after giving Roman Reigns a scare when he kicked out of a spear. Also Read - WWE Legend Undertaker Announces Retirement, Says Has 'No Desire to Get Back in The Ring'
After being eliminated from the Rumble, Lee went back to NXT and defended the North American title at NXT Takeover: Portland. Yet, he cannot get over the thought that one day he and the Beast may actually collide in a one-on-one contest. Also Read - WWE Releases Jack Gallagher on Allegations of Sexual Assault
“In that moment, it felt like that’s where I was supposed to be. It was slightly unexpected to get a reaction like that from 40000 people,” Lee said in an interview. “They really wanted Keith Lee to show up and they didn’t just get that, but also something special in my opinion. Based on their reaction and the way the crowd expressed themselves, maybe, in the future, there is a chance of Keith Lee vs Brock Lesnar taking place in a one-on-one match. I’m getting the feel that I might go toe-to-toe with him. Hopefully, because I was very excited and competition is one thing that drives me.”
After a pair of jaw-dropping performances at NXT TakeOver: WarGames and Survivor Series, Lee captured his first championship when he defeated Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Title in an absolute barnburner. Declaring that he came to NXT in search of sports-entertainment’s best competition, Lee looks right at home between the yellow ropes. Now it’s time for the entire NXT Universe to bask in his glory.
“It’s my duty to raise its prestige, make it important,” Lee explained. “With that being said, it’s a very important job because I feel like if people aren’t following what they’re doing in their work then they aren’t really brining anything to the table. To me if you’re going to do this, and you can’t bring something that stands out then why are you doing this? Hence, it’s an absolute responsibility… for raising the standard of the prestige and defending it in a manner that makes it feel just as important.”
While Lee, like the rest of the world, waits for the COVID-19 pandemic to end, the 300-plus pounder is spending time over the WWE Network and has urged people to tune in to Kevin Owens’ main roster debut for against John Cena for certain reasons – a contest that was worth a WrestleMania main event match.
“When Kevin Owens first showed up and battled John Cena, that was to me the example of a fantastic expected surprise match that really got people surprised,” he said. “I don’t think we do enough of that when you have two people that have faced each other, there’s a certain level of excitement. It was similar to when I and Brock stepped up. When you get it, it’s quite a moment. It was awesome.”