Prior to beginning a career in professional wrestling, Keith played football.
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (2005-2017)
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Keith made his professional wrestling debut in 2005. His earliest known match was for Professional Championship Wrestling in Arlington, Texas, debuting as Keith Paine in a Coal Miner's Glove match lost to Shadow. He went on to continue wrestling in Texas and in promotions including Xtreme Championship Wrestling (XCW), NWA Southwest, Metroplex Wrestling (MPX), North American Wrestling Allegiance (NAWA) and numerous other promotions in the state of Texas. Keith also spent two years in Ring of Honor between 2016 and 2017. Keith also traveled throughout the United States appearing in other promotions. During the course of twelve years between 2005 until 2017, Keith held a total of eight wrestling titles. He won his first championship in 2007 while in Xtreme Championship Wrestling where he won the XCW TNT Championship. Two years later in 2009, Keith won the XCW Heavyweight Championship. Keith is also a former NAWA Tag Team Champion, Inspire Pro Pure Prestige Champion, PWG World Champion, VIP Heavyweight Champion, WWN Champion . Prior to joining the WWE, Keith held VIP Wrestling's VIP Tag Team Championship with tag team partner Shane Taylor under the team names The Pretty Boy Killers.
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Under his long-time ring name of Keith Lee, he debuted on April 5, during the first day of the 2018 WrestleMania Axxess weekend event, successfully defending the World Wrestling Network Championship against Kassius Ohno. On April 8, during the fourth day of the Axxess Weekend event, Keith Lee wrestled and lost to Lars Sullivan.
Keith Lee made his televised debut on the July 18 taping of NXT (aired on the August 8 episode of NXT), defeating fellow NXT newcomer Marcel Barthel. During the following week during the July 27 house show, Keith defeated Dan Matha. During the following night's house show, Keith defeated Tian Bing. During the August 10 house show, Keith maintained his undefeated record, defeating Dan Matha. Two weeks later during the August 23 taping of NXT (aired on the August 29 episode of NXT), Lee defeated Luke Menzies. The following night during the August 24 NXT house show, Lee defeated Dan Matha in a rematch. During the August 30 NXT house show, Lee defeated Kona Reeves. He finished the month with a victory during the August 31 NXT house show, defeating Dominik Dijakovic.
During the early weeks of September, Lee enjoyed a string of success in his singles matches during the house shows, defeating opponents including Humberto Carrillo, Fabian Aichner, Rinku Singh, Mansoor Al-Shehail and Kona Reeves. He returned to television during the September 20 taping (aired during the October 10 episode of NXT), defeating Kona Reeves. He picked up his first defeat of the month during the September 21 house show, losing to Adam Cole. He quickly rebounded from this loss, winning his final matches of the month, defeating singles opponents Lars Sullivan, Kona Reeves and Tony Nese. He lost to Sullivan during their rematch during their September 28 house show rematch. He ended the month with a victory during the September 29 house show, defeating Tony Nese.
Lee returned the following month during the October 5 house show, defeating Mansoor Al-Shehail. His in-ring appearances expanded to include tag matches, teaming with Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight) during the October 13 house show, defeating Kona Reeves & The Mighty (Nick Miller & Shane Thorne). Seven nights later, Lee returned during the October 20 house show, where he lost his first match of the month to War Raiders tag team member Hanson. He went on to finish the month competing during the October 27 house show, in a Halloween Battle Royal for the No. 1 Contendership spot to challenge for the NXT North American Championship.
Lee returned to television during the November 15 taping of NXT (aired on the November 28 episode of NXT), losing to Lars Sullivan. He lost to Sullivan in a rematch held during the November 16 house show. The following night, at the November 17 taping of NXT in Los Angeles, California (aired on the November 21 episode of NXT), Lee defeated local competitor Fidel Bravo in a squash match lasting under two minutes. He finished the month at the November 29 house show, winning a 12-Man Battle Royal No. 1 Contendership match, earning a title match for the NXT Championship. He was later defeated during the same house show in his title match against the reigning NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa. The next month, Lee returned for the December 1 house show, during which he defeated Dominik Dijakovic. He went on to enjoy an undefeated streak during the December 6, December 7 and December 8 house shows defeating opponents including Fabian Aichner, Punishment Martinez and teaming with the Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) in defeating The Forgotten Sons (Jaxson Ryker, Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake). His winning streak ended during his final match of the year during the December 15 house show, losing to NXT recruit Matt Riddle.
- Ground Zero / Super Nova (Fireman's Carry Powerslam)
- Spirit Bomb (Pop-up Sitout Elevated Powerbomb)
- Signature moves
- Belly-to-belly Suplex
- Corkscrew Plancha
- Doomsault (Moonsault)
- Grizzly Magnum (Mongolian Chop)
- Overhead Belly-to-belly Suplex
- Release German Suplex
- Side Slam Backbreaker
- delayed reverse STO
- Discus Punch
- Rolling Elbow
- Somersault Senton
- The Pounce (Running High-impact Shoulder Block)
- Topé con Hilo
- Vertical Suplex
- "Friendly Fellow"
Championships and accomplishments
- VIP Wrestling