Keith Lee Walks Through 'Forbidden Door' With AEW Debut

Limitless One joins AEW, wins spot in Face of the Revolution ladder match.

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Tony Khan's promise of a "huge" signing came true Wednesday night when Limitless Keith Lee made his AEW debut, and he did not disappoint.

The WWE castoff ran through Isiah Kassidy in quick and impressive fashion on Dynamite, toppling the Private Party man to qualify for the Face of the Revolution ladder match next month. After Lee toppled his foe, he repelled an attack from Isiah's tag partner Marq Quen, catching a diving Quen and powerbombing him onto Kassidy.

And no, Lee wasn't wearing a singlet for his AEW bow.

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Lee was the odds-on favorite among those speculating about who Khan meant when he tweeted last week about a huge star walking through the proverbial Forbidden Door and joining AEW, but that didn't diminish the moment when he came out for the match. The crowd was immensely into Lee from the moment he walked out, singing "Bask in his glory" and chanting his name as he dismantled Kassidy, as if the past year in WWE never happened.

Lee was a highly touted superstar for NXT in 2018-20, holding the North American Championship and NXT Championship at the same time before being called up to the WWE Raw roster after SummerSlam 2020. His debut went well, beating Randy Orton in his first PPV match, but Lee experienced start-and-stop pushes before finally being recast as "Bearcat" Lee in the weeks before his stunning release in November.

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His no-compete expired last week, and then over the weekend, Lee married fellow wrestler (and WWE releasee) Mia Yim. Now, Lee will turn his attention to AEW Revolution on March 6.

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Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.