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Keith Lee (born November 8, 1984) is an American professional wrestler from Wichita Falls, Texas.

Previously a football player, Lee got his start on the Texas indies before being signed to Ring of Honor, where he tag-teamed with Shane Taylor as part of the "Pretty Boy Killers". He began to become a phenomenon on the indies however when he started branching out, and has since wrestled for Limitless Wrestling, EVOLVE, WWN, Pro Wrestling Guerilla and WWE. He was released from WWE on November 4, 2021 in the latest round of WWE's slash-and-burn mass talent releases. On the 2/9/2022 episode of Dynamite, Lee would make his debut for All Elite Wrestling.

He is a one-time PWG World Champion, one-time NXT Champion, one-time NXT North American Champion, and one-time AEW Tag Team Champion (with Swerve Strickland as Swerve in our Glory).

He is not connected to A.J. Lee, Kimber Lee (though they did wrestle each other in Beyond Wrestling), Trevor Lee, Brian Lee, Kwik Kick Lee or any other Lees in wrestling. Nor is he the same Keith Lee who is a MMA fighter/food critic.


  • Acrofatic: When a 320-pound man performs huracanranas like someone 150 pounds lighter, you can't help but to think he disables physics every time he's in the ring.
  • Black and Nerdy: In addition to playing up his intelligence in his ring persona, he's known to be a huge anime fan. He even named one of his finishing moves after a Dragon Ball Z attack!
  • Cultured Badass: His entire persona is based on the fact that he's not just big and fast, he's very smart. His promos emphasize just how erudite he actually is.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: His independent and WWE themes,"Bask in my Glory", "Limitless" and "Born to Bring It" are sung by himself.
  • Everything is Big in Texas: From Wichita Falls.
  • Finishing Move: A sit-out pop-up powerbomb he calls the "Spirit Bomb" and a fireman's carry into a Jackhammer he calls the "Big Bang Catastrophe". Pre-WWE, he called the latter "Ground Zero."
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: One of his trademark moves is hoisting a guy up and powerbombing him onto someone else (usually his own tag partner).
  • In the Hood: Mainly in ROH, though he does have one in promotional images for WWE.
  • Large Ham: Even more so than the average professional wrestler. He speaks in an almost theatrical manner.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Typically wrestles like a hoss and can easily throw guys smaller than him around (and at 340, that's most guys). Can also out-flip some Cruiserweights. Lee is truly freakish.
  • Names The Same: He shares the same name as a popular food critic/MMA fighter. Ironically they both had issues with guys with the surname "Strickland".
  • Red Baron: "Limitless"
  • Scary Black Man: When a superstar has taken refuge in the corner to collect themselves, Lee rises up behind them on the apron with a menacing scowl. When the superstar realizes that he's standing there, the Oh, Crap! look on their face says it all.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Has a finishing move called the "Spirit Bomb". In WWE he also has a move called the "Big Bang Catastrophe", which going by the same token, might recall the Big Bang Attack.
    • Has a signature move called "Grizzly Magnum".
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Commonly uses unusual and sophisticated vocabulary.
  • Smug Super: Of a kind.
  • Stout Strength: We wouldn't exactly call Keith Lee "fat", but he has a torso like a barrel, and the power to yeet you halfway to Mexico.
  • The Rival: Dominic Dijakovic, another large man with physics-defying agility.
  • Tag Team: The Pretty-Boy Killers, with Shane Taylor.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Famous for this: he looks like a sumo wrestler, and talks like the love-child of a college professor and an R&B singer.