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Keith Lee Talks Titles Seize Opportunities And Raising Ahead Of Nxt North America For The Championship

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It may have taken longer than fans expected, but NXT superstar Keith Lee is finally getting his first championship opportunity.

On Wednesday night, Lee will take on rival Dominic Dijakovic and NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong in a triple threat match. Despite the match not being originally planned, Lee looks forward to the spotlight.

“Let me be quite clear, I don’t plan to squander [this opportunity], and I’m going to make the most out of it as I possibly can,” Lee told Newsweek ahead of his title bout. “It’s an opportunity that I’ve been looking for and what I’ve been talking about. So I’ve been looking forward to that opportunity, not just for me but to the people. So there’s a purpose to their love and respect and outpouring and chants. All the passion they put behind me. it’s one way I want to give back.”

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This new mentality and approach has allowed Lee to succeed on a new level, which will come in handy in the championship match. Not only will Lee have to deal with his rival Dijakovic, but also Roderick Strong and the tactics employed by the Undisputed Era.

“Let’s talk about the fact that Roderick Strong has been quite crafty in not just his attack on us, but in his title defenses,” Lee said. “In every scenario he has found himself in a questionable or compromising position, and he gets out of it with something he’s done or the Undisputed Era gets involved. It’s a scenario like that you have to [prepare for.] You’re talking about four guys who quite clearly have no problem unleashing their numbers upon whoever regardless of how they may look or how they make the audience feel, which takes away the integrity of a match in that way. But he’s also in the ring with two guys who are are the epitome of abnormal in the world of science, the world of physics and in the world period with the capabilities that we have.”

Keith Lee’s capabilities could push him to win his first title in WWE, and the thought of holding a championship and reshaping what the NXT North American championship means is something the brand faithful should look forward to.

“When it comes to championships and myself, and this has always been the case, I love winning championships. The thing I love more than that is the effect I have on a championship,” Lee explains. “We can say reshaping what it means to be a North American champion, yes. But there’s more to it than that. It’s the pride in myself that I know that I’m capable of taking that championship and elevating it to places it’s never been. And that’s something I take pride in. Having that opportunity is something I want to create for that championship. To give the people a reason to be happy about the champion.”

While having the opportunity has been a long time coming for Lee, he knows he’ll have to work his way back up if he loses. But he’s looking forward to people seeing this championship match because they will see Keith Lee compete at a different level.

“Keith Lee in a match is one thing, Keith Lee in a competitive match is another thing, but Keith Lee in a championship match is another thing entirely, and I look forward to displaying that.”

NXT airs live every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EDT on USA.

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