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Keith Lee – “I was resigned to the fact that my WWE career was done”

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WWE Superstar ‘Bearcat’ Keith Lee recently spoke to Ryan Satin on the Out of Character podcast. The former NXT North American Champion discussed several topics during the interview, including how close his career was to ending.

It was revealed earlier this year that Keith Lee was in an extremely critical health situation, and he was extremely close to having to hang up the boots and even change his life dramatically.

“At the end of the day, I’m just grateful that I was able to come back and be back in the ring because that fourth or fifth MRI, where I had to go to Pittsburgh, I was resigned to the fact that my career was done” Keith Lee would reveal on the podcast.

“I was just ready to be like, ‘Okay, I guess it’s time to pursue some other projects that I have an interest in.’ Then I got some good news. It took a lot of work to come back because when you’re a 330-340 pound athlete, the amount of training and power and explosiveness it takes to be that big and do backflips” Lee added.

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“Five months of being out of the ring. Then, coming back out of nowhere and five weeks of just dying [laughs]. Trying to come back it was like, ‘Oh, God, how have I not trained a thing?’ and then I come back and trying to just cardio everything and get back to normal, and normal, I didn’t know what it was anymore, so it was very strange” Keith Lee continued.

“Now, I can get back and have high-intensity workouts, so it was nice to feel like, ‘Okay, I’m about where I feel I should be,’ but I still feel like there’s work to be done. The grind continues and I will keep on grinding.”

It’s incredible that Keith Lee was able to overcome the health issues that he had earlier in the year and beyond, so hopefully his career is set to continue for mich longer.

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