Keith Lee has made it clear after he was released from WWE earlier this week that his new ‘Bearcat’ nickname was not his own idea.
Having joined the NXT roster back in 2018 following massive success wrestling on the independent scene around the globe, Lee was more commonly known by his ‘Limitless’ moniker. He went on to win the North American Championship, and historically also then captured the NXT Championship – becoming the only man to hold both of the belts simultaneously.
Keith Lee was hugely popular with WWE fans across the company’s brands and not just in NXT, which was proven when he was part of the then black and gold brand’s team at the 2019 Survivor Series, and when he appeared in the 2020 Royal Rumble to go toe-to-toe with ‘The Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar.
A few weeks after winning the NXT Championship, Lee lost the belt to Karrion Kross and quickly made the move to Monday Night Raw. It was at this point he lost his NXT music which he had become synonymous with, as well as his ‘Limitless’ nickname.
Keith Lee has discussed his struggles at the beginning of 2021 after a COVID diagnosis led to issues with inflammation of the heart that kept him out of the ring for five months. When he did return to Monday Night Raw there was another tweak to his presentation as he was given a new jacket and the nickname ‘Bearcat’.
Keith Lee has now corrected a fan on social media, who claimed that the ‘Bearcat’ nickname was his own idea.
It is expected that Lee has a standard 90-day no-compete clause on his contract, which would mean he is unable to appear anywhere else until February 2022.
There are also reports that NXT is set to lose another star, with their contract due to expire next month.