Keith Lee: My New Look Is A Middle Finger To Places That Say You Can't Look The Way You Are Naturally

Keith Lee discusses his new look in All Elite Wrestling.

After being away from the company for a number of weeks, Keith Lee returned to AEW on the February 17, 2023 edition of AEW Rampage. In the weeks since his return, Lee has shown off a new hair color as well as a new ring entrance jacket while still focusing on taking down Swerve Strickland and his Mogul Affiliates.

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In a new exclusive interview with Fightful's Grapsody podcast, the 'Limitless' one said that part of the inspiration of his new look is trying to help people be comfortable in their own skin, also noting that he had his first grey hair when he was sixteen years old.

"This is definitely the same Keith Lee that left, alright? The Keith Lee that left is actually not the entirety of what Keith Lee is. I think that what inspired that look or return and all of that, I think in my previous interview the exact terminology I used was, ‘A giant middle finger to society and a lot of companies that want you need to look like, a lot of people that tell you what you need to look like.’ Instead I decided to say, ‘Okay, here’s reality.’ I’ve actually made statements about this in the past. I saw my first grey hairs at sixteen, which means they were coming in long before that, right? I want people to be comfortable with
who they are."

Lee went on and further explained the intentions behind his look, saying that he wants to change the game once again.

"Now, don’t get me wrong, I want people to be their best versions of themselves. But not at the expense of their natural looks. While I want people to take care of themselves physically and do what they can to adhere to their health, things of that sort, I’m going to be the trendsetter that says, ‘Okay, naturally grey hair, white hair, however you view it, I’m going to be the one who sets it off.’ Because I am who I am and I don’t really care what people say or think about me, I am going to be successful doing this. I’m going to change the game once again. That’s what I always do. That’s really what it’s about."

When Lee made his return to AEW in February, many fans were quick to point out that the former AEW World Tag Team Champion had a look similar to Leroy Smith, a character from the Tekken video games. Lee went on to confirm the similarities in the interview, noting that the character was the number one inspiration to his new look.

"You know what? He is actually the number one inspiration behind that top. That will actually be a style that I’ll be using going forward because it’s very fitting of who I am as a human being in terms of being not average when it comes to the brain and intellect and even having a spiritual approach to things. Not necessarily religion, but when I say spiritual I mean consciousness and things of that sort. I’m glad that person actually caught it because most people are like, ‘Oh, [naked] Keith,’ ‘Master Keith Lee,’ and all that stuff, and I’m like, ‘Oh, not a church guy.’"

Fans can check out Grapsody's full interview with Keith Lee in the video linked above. After that, visit Fightful's YouTube channel to check out recent interviews with Davey Boy Smith Jr, Masha Slamovich, Piper Niven, and the Street Profits.

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