Keith Lee was in the fight of his life, and now the work goes on.
In July, Keith Lee told fans he felt like he needed to share his story with them, and said he would do so in due course. Lee posted a video on Thursday that explained his absence from WWE TV this year. Lee explained that he was first taken off television for about three weeks in January, which he said was the result of a contract with COVID-19.
Lee then interrupted the discussion to respond to some rude remarks that were made against Mia Yim, Lee’s fiancee and fellow WWE Superstar. Lee explained that Yim had been blamed by some fans for “giving him COVID,” but said she actually did him a lot of good during that time.
“If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know how things would have turned out, to be honest. I contracted COVID, she didn’t for about three weeks, and the only reason she contracted was because she refused to not be there and not take care of me. And sadly, it ended up costing her an opportunity in the Royal Rumble, but it was an opportunity she was willing to grab. In the end, I am grateful to him and it is unfortunate that some of you are ungrateful, because the reality is that it is not clear how things would have turned out without his help.
Lee continued, noting that he had returned for a game before he was told he received a call saying something was wrong with his blood tests. He says some people might have gone through a similar situation where there is inflammation in the heart or lungs, and his was in the heart. He said it led to some scary times and he was banned from any kind of training and physical exertion other than a light walk.
“There was a fear that by doing more than that, there was a chance that I could just get up and die. So for three or four months that was the case and I had several MRI scans on my heart – besides, I don’t fit into these machines, it was terrible, my shoulders struggled with that – but we did what we had to do with it. So it became a fight with the death, so to speak, and it took until the company sent me to Pittsburgh to be examined and it was to the point where I was about to undergo. genetic testing, all kinds of things, because they thought I might have some kind of heart disease.
Lee said the first MRI was bad and the second worse, but eventually his health improved and the inflammation went away, and he was finally allowed after that visit to try to get back in shape. He says it took a while to figure out and he wasn’t even sure he would be back on WWE TV in Dallas (the first WWE RAW event with fans in 2021), but he greatly appreciates the support from his fans.
“At the end of the day, I don’t really know what the next step is. The idea for me is that I fought the battle that mattered the most and I’m healthy, and at the end of the day that’s all I can really ask for. That’s all my family can ask for, and now we’re fighting to make the most of what we can do in this industry and we’re moving forward. Isn’t that what I always say? Walk forward, the grind continues, it’s forever. We fought death, I don’t mind fighting someone else. We are moving forward and I guess we continue to show exactly what it means to be limitless. “
Lee has worked at least one game every week since returning since returning as Bobby Lashley’s surprise opponent in Dallas on July 19. Lee shared the wins with Karrion Kross on RAW and won two dark matches this week against Austin Theory (on SmackDown) and Chico Adams on RAW.
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