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Keith Lee Debuts ‘Bearcat’ Nickname At WWE RAW

Keith Lee

Keith Lee used to be ‘Limitless’ but it looks like he’ll be going by another nickname in WWE after he was introduced by his new moniker before RAW.

The former NXT Champion competed in a dark match before RAW went live on the USA Network on Monday night in a squash match against a local competitor. The appearance from Keith Lee seemed to hint at a new direction for the star after the ring announcer introduced him to the live crowd in Raleigh, North Carolina as Keith ‘Bearcat’ Lee.

Keith Lee is not the first Bearcat in wrestling history with Ed ‘Bearcat’ Wright a fixture of the professional wrestling world from the fifties until the mid-seventies. Wright competed all over the world, wrestling in the numerous NWA-aligned territories at the time as well as in New Japan Pro Wrestling in Japan. Bearcat Wright shared the ring with greats of professional wrestling such as Antonio Inoki, Terry Funk, Bobo Brazil, and Freddie Blassie in a career that saw him eventually honoured with a 2017 induction into the Legacy wing of the WWE Hall Of Fame.

Bearcat Brown is another of wrestling’s Bearcats and he competed from the early sixties until the late seventies. Brown competed all over the United States and won countless different incarnations of NWA Tag Team Championship, primarily with his longtime partner Len Rossi.

Rumours had recently circulated that there had been a plan to turn Keith Lee heel in WWE, with the suggestion that if Adam Cole had stayed with the company he’d act as Lee’s manager. Although Adam Cole has since denied ever hearing anything of that plan.

Lee’s last appearance on WWE television came on the 6th of August edition of RAW where he defeated Karrion Kross in one on one action. Lee had missed five months of action in 2021 with what he later confirmed were medical concerns.