Keith Lee says he misses the WWE Universe but there was so much intensity going into the Great American Bash that the lack of an audience didn't register for him until after his crowning achievement.
Speaking with Bleacher Report, Keith Lee opened up about not having an audience for his crowning achievement in NXT and whether or not that ruined the moment at NXT Great American Bash Night 2 where he dethroned Adam Cole to capture the NXT Championship.
Credit to Graham Mirmina for passing along the following quote.
"I can say I miss the crowd, but that's because of the connection that we have. We being me and the WWE Universe," Lee began. "But I don't think it's something that really registered for me in that match because there's such a certain level of intensity and competition when the focus is so heavily on the fact, 'Hey, this is a championship match. No, wait, this is not only a championship match, this is also a championship vs. championship match and now, this is a Winner Take All match.' You're talking about the top two guys in this brand. Dude, I was locked in. It didn't matter who was there and who wasn't there."
Lee continued, "Adam Cole is someone you give respect to when you're in the ring and he commands it. You can feel it in his aura when he steps in the ring, and if you're not there to do battle, you're probably going to get stomped on. Well, I got kicked in the face a lot, but you're going to get taken out. We'll put it that way."
Recently, Keith told Sports Illustrated that as NXT Champion, he to be a great representation for the African-American community. You can read his comment at this link.