Keith Lee has enjoyed an incredible run in 2020. He began the year by winning the NXT North American Championship before adding the NXT Title in the summer. He followed that up by being called up to Raw right after SummerSlam and has been going toe to toe with the top Superstars in WWE ever since.
Keith Lee’s rise through the WWE ranks has been something of a whirlwind. A fact that has not been lost on the man himself. During a new interview with Sports Illustrated Lee offered his thoughts on doing battle with Randy Orton, his new ring gear and his sudden departure from NXT.
The colossus revealed that he would have “most definitely” preferred a longer run with the NXT Title, and that he also feels like he abandoned the black and gold brand.
“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.”
Lee goes onto explain that while he may have preferred to stay with NXT a little longer, you’re not always in control of your own destiny.
“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.”
Since arriving on Raw, Keith Lee has thrust himself to the top of the card. From his aforementioned victory over Randy Orton, to locking up with Braun Strowman and representing the red brand at Survivor Series, the 15 year veteran has made a huge impact. That run continued on the November 30th episode of Raw where he competed in a losing effort in a Sudden Death Triple Threat Match for the right to be the number one contender for Drew McIntyre’s WWE Title.