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 August 8 episode of NXT, defeating fellow NXT newcomer Marcel Barthel. During the August 29 episode of NXT, Lee defeated Luke Menzies. During the course of September, Lee wrestled in numerous house shows. The following month, Lee competed 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. During the November 16 house show, losing to Lars Sullivan. Lee returned to television during the November 21 episode of NXT), Lee defeated local competitor Fidel Bravo in a squash match lasting under two minutes. The following week Lee returned during the November 28 episode of NXT, where he lost a rematch to Lars Sullivan. 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.
Lee made his televised return the following year in 2019 during the January 16 episode of NXT, losing in a singles match against Kassius Ohno. Four months later, Lee returned to television during the May 15 episode of NXT, defeating Cezar Bononi. The following month Lee returned for the June 5 episode of NXT, defeating Kona Reeves. Returning on the June 26 episode of NXT, Lee defeated Nykos Rikos. In later house shows during the month, Lee wrestled for the NXT Championship held by Adam Cole, however he did not succeed in winning the title during the three title match encounters.
- 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