The WWE and NXT Universes may soon hear chants of “Bask in his glory,” at Full Sail University and future Takeover events.
If the rumors are true, then WWE has snatched up one of the biggest stars in independent wrestling – Keith Lee.
According to several reports, Lee has signed with a contract with WWE and will report to Orlando after he finishes his indie commitments.
Lee has denied the rumors he signed with the company in March. While he hasn’t quite addressed the rumors – though he seems to alluded to it in a tweet below – Pro Wrestling Guerrilla has labeled their May 25 show, appropriately titled “Bask in his Glory,” as Lee’s farewell show – “Bask in his glory,” is the chant associated with Lee.
In just five minutes, tickets to Keith Lee's farewell event, Bask in His Glory, go on sale! Get yours at https://t.co/KhAHlkQzBk at 8PM!
— PWG (@OfficialPWG) May 2, 2018
At the event, Lee will take on Adam Brooks in a singles match.
Lee had competed at Wrestlemania Axxess in April, first defeating Kassius Ohno in a match for his World Wrestling Network Championship on April 5, then losing a singles match to Lars Sullivan on April 8.
According to a column from PWTorch, the reception of Lee’s match with Ohno was mixed and he will need to adjust his style once he gets to WWE.
Debuting in 2005, Lee has really built an impressive resume. 2017 was quite the year for Lee as spent the year working in Evolve, AAW, wXw, OTT and FCP. He was ranked No. 100 in PWI’s Top 500 singles wrestlers of 2017. He earned his first 5-star match from the Wrestling Observer Dave Meltzer during his quarterfinal match against Donovan Dijak at the 2017 Battle of Los Angeles tournament.
Lee’s classic with Dijak wasn’t the only high point during his PWG run as he reached the finals of the tournament, along with Jeff Cobb and winner Ricochet, but also captured the PWG World Championship from Chuck Taylor at Time is a Flat Circle. He would hold on to the title for 29 days before dropping it to WALTER.
The PWG title wasn’t the only gold Lee was sporting as he held the WWN Championship for 174 days before dropping it to Austin Theory at Evolve 103.
Most recently, Lee reached the semi-finals of the 16 Carat Gold tournament before losing to finalist David Starr.
In addition to the championships in his trophy case, Lee has wrestled some of the biggest names in wrestling, including Matt Riddle and New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Tomohiro Ishii.
While Lee is a powerhouse in the ring and match well with the strongest opponents, he also has tons of charisma.
On April 8, Lee was the host for a WWN After Mania Party and he commanded the crowd. Fans not only cheered him in the ring, but also sang the “Pokemon” theme song with him – including this author.
If Lee is truly WWE bound, it will be interesting to see what he brings to the table and how he adjusts to the WWE style. Despite the speculation about WWE wanting to refine his style, there might not be much adjusting to his persona or moveset if he follows the advice of coaches and even some of the talent who are there, which he might do anyways. If Lee didn’t want to be in WWE, he wouldn’t have signed a contract.
He could easily be placed in a feud with Velveteen Dream, who has verbally trashed independent wrestlers for coming to the brand. Lee would be a good foil for Dream because you have an individual who stand toe to toe in terms of charisma.
Whether Lee is going to WWE, NXT or any other promotion, fans should continue to bask in his glory.
Former WWE Star Lanny Poffo Dies at 68
Former WWE star Lanny ‘The Genius’ Poffo has reportedly died at the age of 68, according to his close friend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, although no cause of death has been given at the time of this writing.
Poffo made his in-ring debut with the All-South Wrestling Alliance back in 1974, and also wrestled for a number of promotions such as the National Wrestling Alliance where he won a tag-team title with his father, Angelo.
Poffo debuted for WWE back in 1985 where he would be known as “Leaping Lanny Poffo” and “The Genius.”
Poffo would return to WWE back in 2015 to induct his brother, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, into the WWE Hall of Fame in a touching induction ceremony ahead of WrestleMania 31.
“With a very, very heavy heart, I’ve been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius,” Duggan said on Twitter.
Braun Strowman Talks Brock Lesnar Shooting On Him at Royal Rumble
WWE superstar Braun Strowman has had a number of memorable moments during his career at WWE, but none are quite like the 2018 Royal Rumble where Brock Lesnar got upset with Strowman for catching him with a knee.
Lesnar didn’t take to kindly and immediately hit Strowman with a flurry of legitimate punches, including a right hand to his jaw.
“Shit got real” Strowman said, during an interview with BT Sport.
“I mean, at the end of the day it’s two scary guys, two dominant males, not wanting to give an inch to either one, and we took it from each other. Things happen. We’re not playing, we’re not ballet, we’re not badminton. We’re physical. He’s [Lesnar] 300lbs, of just unadulterated animalistic beast and I’m a 385lbs monster. Things happen. At the end of the day, we made one hell of a segment, that’s what really happened.”
“I pat myself on the back. I think I’m the only person in history to take an overhand right from Brock Lesnar and not get knocked out. Anytime you get in the ring with “The Beast” and mix it up, the bigger the challenge the better. If you’re not wrestling the best, then who’d you beat?”
Ex-NJPW Star Karl Fredericks Signs with WWE
Former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Karl Fredericks has officially signed with WWE following the conclusion of his four-year tenure with NJPW. Fredericks announced on social media back in summer 2022 that he would not re-sign with NJPW.
Fredericks was initially linked to WWE last September, when he was reportedly spotted at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
According to PW Insider, Fredericks has officially signed with WWE and will be a part of the NXT brand initially.
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