New NXT champion Keith Lee recently spoke to Bleacher Report to talk all things pro wrestling, including a moment he shared with former champion Adam Cole after their epic winner take all bout at the Great American Bash. Highlights are below.
A moment he shared with Adam Cole after their Great American Bash matchup:
It wasn’t on air, obviously, but there was just a moment after all the celebration, the pyro I wasn’t expecting, the confetti and all this crazy stuff and I’m all covered. I look down and I see him still in the corner. That guy is awesome. In that moment, I had to tell him that he gained a new level of respect from me. I shook his hand and that was the first conversation I had.
His journey coming full circle and his work as an extra with Triple H in 2009:
It always tickles me so much to look back and be like, ‘Man, that guy was beating me up a little bit over a decade ago!’ Now I’m sitting here getting the finger-point photo and getting a double serving of it,” Lee said. “It’s something real special. It’s one of those things you have to cherish. You have to take those moments, stop what you’re doing, take a deep breath, and embrace it and say, ‘Wow, what a journey this has been,'” he added. “So yeah, when I see that, some people call it coming full circle, and I guess I have to concur and accept that’s what it is. That’s really awesome.
Wrestling in the pandemic era:
I can say I miss the crowd, but that’s because of the connection that we have. We being me and the WWE Universe,” Lee said. “But I don’t think it’s something that really registered for me in that match because there’s such a certain level of intensity and competition when the focus is so heavily on the fact, ‘Hey, this is a championship match. No, wait, this is not only a championship match, this is also a championship vs. championship match. And now, this is a Winner Take All match.’ And you’re talking about the top two guys in this brand.