After making history by defeating Adam Cole to become the first-ever NXT Double Champion at the Great American Bash, Keith Lee spoke with Sports Illustrated for an interview.
During the discussion, "Limitless" commented on his rough start in WWE, wanting to be a representative for the African-American community and his encounter with "The Big Dog" at Survivor Series.
Featured below are some of the highlights of the new Keith Lee interview.
On his rough start in WWE:
The beginning was tough. I thought the company wanted something else from me. The entire time, they wanted me to be myself. The one person who really helped me work through all of that was [WWE trainer] Terry Taylor.
I thought I was doing something wrong, but Terry Taylor was the one that kept reminding me who I was. When I was filled with doubt, he kept me together. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened for me in this company.
On wanting to represent the African-American community:
I want to be the representation for African American people, to have someone that looks like them and represents them on the top stage and has top caliber matches. But I also want the world to understand that if you work hard, you can fight your way to this position. This is a position no one saw me in a year ago.
I also want to be the representation that bridges the gap. I don’t want people to think I’m special because I’m African American. I want to be a guy, globally, that people can look at and say, ‘That’s our limitless champion.’
On Roman Reigns deserving more credit than he gets and his reaction to his encounter with The Big Dog at WWE Survivor Series:
Roman doesn’t get enough credit for what he means to this sport. And he went above-and-beyond to make that moment. The simple gesture of our fist bump, he turned that into magic. That was the start of something very special for me. He is such a superstar that he made that moment overshadow everything else that happened in that match, and I won’t forget it.
Check out the complete Keith Lee interview at SI.com.
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