Keith Lee was let go by WWE in November after several attempts to re-establish him on television. Fans were surprised by the move, as Keith is considered a phenomenal in-ring talent. Earlier this week, Keith and several other former WWE wrestlers became free agents as their non-compete clauses expired.
Keith has been attached to rumors all over the place. The most common theory is that he will wind up in AEW. Up to this point, it’s all been speculation.
In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer discussed Keith Lee’s future. It was noted that AEW has been talking about Lee for a while. It’s possible that he’s even already signed.
“A number of WWE talents who were fired in early November are now free to start working elsewhere. Keith Lee is on that list and we’re told that he’s been talked about for here [AEW], if not has already agreed to a deal here.
Lee was one of the most impressive wrestlers on the independent scene doing a hard hitting and high flying style, neither of which is favored in WWE. He had trouble early on in NXT but eventually became one of its most popular wrestlers. He struggled with stop-and-start booking on the main roster until COVID, and heart issues stemming from COVID, put him on the shelf most of last year. He was 33 when he signed with WWE but is 37 now. For a guy of his size, speed, and injuries become more of a factor getting older. The Lee of 2018 I’d call a hire with great potential for AEW, because he’s got all the charisma and the size and athletic talent . In 2022, it’s possible he could still be a great hire but there are question marks.”
AEW fans would love to see Keith Lee join the company. It’s a crowded locker room after several massive names joined Tony Khan’s organization in 2021. Time will tell if Keith Lee is the next major name to become All Elite.
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