Keith Lee has spoken about his NXT Championship reign and how it ended so abruptly in order that he could make his main roster debut the night after SummerSlam.
The summer was a turbulent time for ‘The Limitless One’. As NXT North American Champion, he went one-on-one with NXT Champion Adam Cole in a Winner Takes All thriller at NXT The Great American Bash and walked with both championships.
After vacating the North American gold in order that someone else may make a name for themselves, Lee promptly dropped the black and gold brand’s biggest prize just over a month later to Karrion Kross at NXT TakeOver 30 and forty eight hours later found himself on Monday Night Raw.
However, the briefness of his reign is something of a regret for the colossus and he has recently sat down with Spots Illustrated to discuss the period in which he didn’t know whether he was coming or going.
When he was asked whether he would have preferred a longer reign over being promoted to the main roster, Lee had this to say:
“Most definitely. As monumental as it’s been to go to the main roster, I’m not sure it was so important to end that [NXT championship reign] as abruptly as it happened. I watch NXT, and obviously I have some friends there, and one that I’m fairly close to is Mr. Damian Priest, and I watch often to see how he’s doing. Kross went down in our match, then to have Finn [Bálor] as the new champion and he hurts his jaw, it’s hard. I like those guys, and I feel like I abandoned them. It’s difficult to think about. I’m proud of everything I’ve done, and I’ve hung with the top guys from Raw and some of them from SmackDown, but it’s been difficult to see the injuries.
I don’t know what would have happened if I had stayed a little bit longer. At the end of the day, we’re not always in control of our journey, and that’s just how it goes. The main roster wanted me, and that’s where I ended up. All I can do right now is root those guys on and be there for them in whatever capacity I can be, while still focusing on what I’m doing.”
During the rest of the interview, Lee talked about how the choice to change his image wasn’t his choice and his newest theme tune which debuted at WWE Survivor Series on November 22.
On November 30, Keith Lee was part of a Triple Threat Match to crown a new number one contender to the WWE Championship at TLC. Both he and Riddle lost out to AJ Styles.
Credit for the interview: Sports Illustrated
h/t for the transcription: Fightful