Keith Lee has provided an explanation as to why he has not been seen on WWE TV recently. The former NXT Champion was not seen on Monday Night RAW from February until his recent return on the July 19th episode.
Lee has taken to social media to state why he has been absent.
Keith Lee explained that initially he was off of TV due to contracting COVID back in January:
“As some of you know toward the end of January I missed around three weeks of TV. At that time I had contracted COVID. And actually before I go ahead, let me point out, because I saw some disturbing and rude remarks toward Mia Yim, some stating that it was her fault that I was gone. Some stating that that she gave me COVID and what have you.”
“Let me clear that up right now. Were it not for her, I don’t know how things would have gone to be quite honest. I contracted COVID, she did not, actually for like three weeks. And the only reason that she did contract it was because she refused to not be there and take care of me. And unfortunately that ended up costing her an opportunity in the Royal Rumble. But that was a chance she was willing to take. At the end of the day, I’m grateful to her, and it’s unfortunate that some of you are ungrateful as the reality is, there’s no telling how things would have gone without her assistance.”
In the opening statement, Lee also was very grateful for his partner Mia Yim, who took care of Keith Lee and gave up her spot in the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble.
Unfortunately, Lee then received more bad news regarding his heart. An inflammation of the heart side-lined the RAW Superstar until further notice, where any strenuous activity was highly risky:
“Some people may have experience with this thing where there’s an inflammation in the heart or lungs, for me it was the heart. That led to very scary times, I was basically forbidden from training or any activity outside of a light walk. There was a fear that doing more than that, there was a chance that I could just up and pass away.”
“For three or four months that was kind of the case, and I had several MRI’s on my heart… this became a fight against death, so to speak. It took up until the company sent me to Pittsburgh to get looked at, it was at the point that I was going to have to undergo genetic testing and all of those kind of things because it was thought that there was the potential that I could have a heart disease of sorts.”
The former NXT Champion ended the video by saying that the return in July was not guaranteed. Lee finished by stating that while the future is uncertain for him, he is in better health:
“It wasn’t even certain that I was going to show up in Dallas, in terms of on TV.”
“I don’t even know what’s next for me. The idea for me is that I fought the battle that mattered the most and and I’m healthy, and that’s all I can really ask for. That’s all my family can ask for. And now we fight to make the most of what we can do in this industry and just move forward.”
“We fought death, I don’t mind fighting anybody else.”
Along with his return in July, Keith Lee also has new entrance music. The full song can be heard below:
H/t to Inside The Ropes for the use of transcriptions.
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