On this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite, Keith Lee made his official debut. The WWE released the former NXT and NXT North American Champion in early November, and his contract’s 90-day “No Compete” clause officially expired last week.
Lee made work of Isiah Kassidy in a flash, earning a spot in the Revolution pay-per-view Face of the Revolution Ladder Match next month. Hours before the concert, reports of Lee’s arrival surfaced, along with the confirmation that he had signed with the company, which was later verified by Tony Khan through Twitter.
Lee won by finishing with his old Big Bang Catastrophe finisher, then beating down both members of the Private Party who attempted to attack him. He wrote a statement following his WWE release as he thanked everyone for all the positivity and birthday wishes they have sent his way.
Lee said they are not done and that they work. He added, “Several months ago it was not a guarantee I would make it to this day, so there is positivity in that. I paid all my medical bills for the many offices and machines I frequented. There is positivity in that. And, I do find it amusing that people believe anyone but me paid for my medical expenses. I was going to wait a couple of weeks, but I think it’s time to look toward the future, forward march as I like to say.”
The statement further read, “I am capable of so much more and I can’t wait to see what it looks like properly. I have a wide array of interests and abilities…. I also consider myself to be rather open-minded. Here’s to the future, for all intents and purposes… seems Limitless.”