Swerve Strickland Opens Up About Keith Lee, Their Background

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Their tag team partnership in AEW might be a recent connection, but Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee are no strangers to one another. The former AEW tag team champions were both part of the original black-and-gold NXT brand before reconvening in Tony Khan’s promotion.

Speaking recently to Renee Paquette on The Sessions podcast, Swerve discussed his tag team partner, their shared history, and what it means to team with him.

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You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

Speaking about the events that affected Lee’s career: “Me and Keith, we literally tagged on the indies before he got signed to WWE, and that was like 2017. He is someone who also has just as big of a chip on his shoulder as me because he was promised the world, and unfortunately for him, he got sick too, and it wasn’t an easy ‘just have some Robitussin and get up and go.’ No, he was like, facing death. He was out of commission for a while, you know? So, I feel like he has a chip on his shoulder for his career and for personal reasons with his life, as well.”


On Lee’s contributions to the business: “I look at him as literally one of the best influences in our industry from a culture side, in so many different ways.”

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