Keith Lee Debuts New Nickname Before WWE RAW, Slight Change To His Look

Keith Lee debuted a new nickname before this week's WWE RAW from the PNC Arena in Raleigh.

Lee won a squash match over a local enhancement talent before Monday's RAW, and was announced as Keith "Bearcat" Lee. You can hear Lee being introduced as "Bearcat" in the Twitter clip below.


It's being speculated that the "Bearcat" nickname is a reference to Bearcat Wright, a popular African American pro wrestler from the 1950s and 1960s, who was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame's Legacy Wing in 2017. The nickname could also be a reference to Bearcat Brown, an innovative African American wrestler who worked mainly the Memphis area in the 1960s and 1970s.

Lee has also been growing his beard back out as of late, as seen in the photos below. Lee was back on the road with the RAW brand this past weekend, defeating Akira Tozawa at non-televised WWE Supershow live events, and playing the heel. He defeated Shane Thorne before last Friday's SmackDown.

Lee has not been seen on WWE TV since his win over Karrion Kross on the August 2 RAW. The week before that he took a loss to Kross, and the week before that he took a loss to Bobby Lashley, which was his first match since February. It's been reported that WWE keeps booking Lee in RAW and SmackDown dark matches so that they can figure out what works best for when they decide to bring him back full-time.


There's no word yet on when Lee will be brought back to WWE TV, or if the heel role and the new "Bearcat" nickname will stick. You can see related tweets below: