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Keith Lee Reveals How Many Times WWE Rejected Him


• Old School WWF Legend Would Have Celebrated His Birthday

Today would have been the 95th birthday of Old School WWWF/WWF Legend “The Golden Boy” Arnold Skaaland.

After retiring from active professional wrestling, Arnold became a manager in the World Wrestling Federation, most famously remembered for throwing the towel to end Bob Backlund’s long reign as the WWF World Heavyweight Champion.

In 1994, he was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame (now being called WWE Hall of Fame) by his former protégé and friend Bob Backlund.


January 21, 1925 – March 13, 2007

• Keith Lee Reveals How Many Times WWE Rejected Him

During a recent interview on WWE’s After The Bell podcast, NXT Superstar Keith Lee revealed how many times WWE rejected him.

Below is what Lee said:

“About three years in (being a wrestler), some people know him as Lance Archer, some people know him as Lance Hoyt, was in the WWE and said to somebody that I should be one to look out for.

Then, I got invited to do some work. In my case, I got thrown into a barricade by one Mr. Triple H and also got poked in the eye by Shane McMahon and punched in the face by Vince. That was my introduction to the bosses of today.

At some point, I gained interest in that first meeting and ended up with my first try out. That was in 2008. I was turned down.

In 2011, I did some extra work, and I got asked to come back for another tryout. I was also turned down. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do-wrestling wise going forward.

In 2013, when the Performance Center first opened up in the fall, I was part of that first class. Then, I was turned down a third time, so, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to continue wrestling.

Then, I had a conversation with Dusty Rhodes and William Regal and some brief words with Jim Ross. If I hadn’t spoken with those first two (Rhodes and Regal), I don’t think I would have continued wrestling.

Eventually, I did enough good deeds and turned a few heads.”

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