The arrival of Keith Lee in AEW was met with widespread positivity, with Lee explaining his motives behind joining the organisation.
When Tony Khan teased a mystery opponent for Private Party’s Isiah Kassidy on the 9 February edition of AEW Dynamite, it was hardly a surprise when Keith Lee sauntered out as his adversary for the evening. “The Limitless One” had been all but confirmed to sign with AEW following his WWE release, with talks between himself and AEW being reported the week leading up to his arrival.
Lee has now detailed why, exactly, he opted to join All Elite Wrestling, rather than sign with another major company, such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling or IMPACT Wrestling. Keith himself noted in an interview with Bleacher Report’s Chris Mueller that the decision for him to go to AEW was easily made:
“I think that it was quite a simple decision. Not only for business’ sake, but there’s a lot of people there that I know. And I have a lot of friends and associates that I’m just comfortable with. But more important than any of that was that I had a couple of very laid-back, chill meetings with Tony [Khan].
We just kind of hung out and shot the breeze. I like him as a person and so to me, a relationship built that way kind of helps me trust a little better. And it helped me in that decision as well.”
Keith Lee was released by WWE on 4 November after four years under WWE employment. During this time, he’d held both the NXT and NXT North American Championships, while also being the 2019 NXT Breakout Star of the Year, but ultimately, an ill-fated run on the main roster prevented him from getting far.
He’s wrestled just once for All Elite Wrestling thus far, though he’s been confirmed to compete on tomorrow night’s Rampage, and will enter the second-annual Face of the Revolution ladder match at the Revolution pay-per-view on Sunday night, too. Going forward, Keith Lee has detailed a number of AEW talents who he’d love to face, specifically highlighting clashes with Kenny Omega and Adam Cole:
“This might be cliche, but [I want to face] everybody. There are people [in AEW] that I don’t know, and there are people there I’ve never met. Not only that, but there are people there that I know and have never fought before. So literally anyone and everyone at this point, but I think some of the clear, obvious choices would be people like Kenny Omega.
I’d absolutely have another throwdown with Adam Cole. And then, you know, I got tweets even before I ever joined while I was still at the other place in which they want to see Keith Lee versus Wardlow or Will Hobbs. And, you know, I have a longtime Texas associate in Ricky Starks.”