NXT Superstar Keith Lee Talks Being Rejected Three Times By WWE, Current NJPW Star Got His Foot In The Door

WWE almost forgot about Keith!

Keith Lee is one of the biggest stars in NXT.

The 2019 Breakout Star of the Year award winner appeared on a recent edition of WWE's After The Bell podcast and told host Corey Graves about how a current NJPW star got his foot in the door back in 2008: “About three years in (...to his career), some people know him as Lance Archer, some people know him as Lance Hoyt, was in the WWE and said to somebody that I should be one to look out for.

"Then, I got invited to do some work. In my case, I got thrown into a barricade by one Mr Triple H and also got poked in the eye by Shane McMahon and punched in the face by Vince. That was my introduction to the bosses of today.
“At some point, I gained interest in that first meeting and ended up with my first tryout. That was in 2008 - I was turned down. In 2011, I did some extra work, and I got asked to come back for another tryout - I was also turned down.

"I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do-wrestling wise going forward. In 2013, when the Performance Center first opened up in the fall, I was part of that first class. Then, I was turned down a third time, so, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to continue wrestling.”

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