In a recent interview with SportsNet Keith Lee has spoken about the biggest challenges on moving from NXT to the main roster on RAW.
Following a stellar run with NXT through 2019 and into 2020 Keith Lee made the move to RAW the night after SummerSlam and was immediately in the main event picture. Over the following few months Lee has mixed it in the ring with the likes of Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman, more than holding his own.
In the new clip Lee talks about the “astronomical” move from NXT up to the main roster.
“The magnitude was astronomical from NXT to walking into RAW and stepping into Randy Orton’s space… I don’t know many people that have done that. It was a very large transition, especially those first few weeks of fighting him and trying to work to a pay-per-view, and the triple threat for a number one contenders thing with the world title – it was a lot, to say the least. A big transition.”
However, he revealed that the biggest challenge he faced was getting to know everyone, and how everything worked on the red brand. A transition that he admits was helped by already having friends on the show.
“But the biggest difference is just getting to know people that I’ve either never wrestled or never met, and just getting used to how things are and the way things work at RAW… At the end of the day, I was actually very fortunate because I had several friends on RAW, so I wasn’t unsure or uncomfortable. I’m a fairly confident guy anyway, so when it comes to the transition, it felt very natural.”
Lee was one of the standout performers at Survivor Series in 2019, being the sole survivor for NXT before finally being pinned by Roman Reigns. Fast forward a year, and Lee has recently qualified to be a member of Team Raw at the upcoming event on 22nd November, and is again focused on making an impact.
“Of course when Survivor Series comes around, I want to make the impact and want to be the impact player. I want to make the difference, but I will cooperate to make the most for our team.”