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.
Tye Dillinger Requests Release from WWE
Tye Dillinger is ready to move on from WWE, and has officially asked for his release from the company.
Dillinger has been sparingly used since his call up from NXT almost 2 years ago, and with the rise of other promotions, and the launch of AEW, it’s no surprise that Dillinger has decided to go elsewhere.
Lio Rush Backstage Reputation
WWE superstar Lio Rush has been in the middle of a confusing wrinkle in his association with Bobby Lashley, who seems to be done with Rush, but still teaming with him.
Lashley attacked Rush following Fin Balor pinning Rush in their handicapped match at Elimination Chamber, which cost Lashley his Intercontinental Championship despite not being pinned.
It’s been an interesting direction for Rush’s character, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson (h/t WrestlingNews.co) Rush may have a reputation backstage.
“It appears Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin. There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people, including other workers, the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”
D-Generation X, with Chyna, to be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame
Chyna will finally get recognized and honored as a WWE Hall of Famer.
According to ESPN, Degeneration-X will be officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.
Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The New Age Outlaws, X-Pac, and Chyna will all be inducted. It will mark Michaels’ second induction into the Hall of Fame.
“I think it’s the most meaningful for us all to go in together and to be recognized together,” Tripe H said, according to ESPN. “Because I think both groups were [just] as impactful.”
“It’s a funny thing, because DX was something that, before Kevin [Nash] and Scott [Hall] left, at the time we all talked about using ‘The Kliq’ as it was — kind of morphing that into television, since it was so out there anyways,” said Levesque. “But things worked out the way they did — they left, and the timing was right.”
“Shawn and I still wanted to do it. Vince saw the value in it, I guess, and finally let us go at it, by that point in time I was looking for a heater, and we had brought Chyna.”
Triple H went on to say Chyna deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.
“Look, people believe what they want to believe. When I said a few years ago on the Austin podcast, or show, or whatever you want to call it, there’s complexities around it,” said Triple H. “But absolutely, definitely deserves to be in there. It’d be tough to pick a female that was more impactful on the business. She did something that was completely so out of left field that it wasn’t even being considered when we first brought it up for her to come in. It wasn’t even a consideration… it wasn’t an easy thing, and against all odds she did all of that.”
And as far as Chyna being inducted in the future as single’s competitor, which she deserves, Triple H is confident it will happen eventually.
“From that standpoint, absolutely 100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should probably be more than once — as a group, but individually as well,” Levesque continued. “There’s more complexity to that than meets the eye, but here we are. I’m just happy that it’s here. I’m happy for her family, the people that she was close to, that hopefully this is super meaningful to them. I know it would be to her. It’s a great thing — very deserving.”
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