As reported earlier, Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland were crowned new AEW World Tag Team Champions on Week 1 of “AEW Dynamite: Fyter Fest.”
After the show went off the air, Lee addressed fans at the Enmarket Arena in Savannah, Georgia, bringing up the personal issues he endured this week which he referenced through a tweet earlier on Wednesday. In a heartfelt promo, Lee dedicated the victory to two of his dearest friends.
Keith Lee cut this amazing heartfelt promo after Dynamite went off the air. What a dude. pic.twitter.com/FM9E3ENraE
— Drain Before Dishonor (@DrainBamager) July 14, 2022
“I thank you all so very much. Swerve, I think you from the bottom of my heart,” Lee began. “I only have three people in my world that I consider to be extremely close to me. One of them, I’ve known for about two-and-a-half decades. My friend, his name is Lucilius King, I’ve known him since 1998. I found out a little while ago that there’s a chance he may have cancer.”
Lee then referenced the heart issues he experienced last year stemming from a COVID-19 diagnosis.
“As most of you know, last year, I nearly died,” Lee said. “I didn’t say a word until the threat was gone and passed. There isn’t much you can do to me to rattle me against me. But when it comes to the people I love, I found out two days ago [that my friend has] Stage 4 colon cancer. And I dedicated this match to him and to another buddy of mine named JD Griffey.
“The fact is, I don’t care if we won or lost; this is a brotherhood, and I’m devoting my everything to that. So, Lucilius King – this is more than just a victory for me, more than just a victory for our story, this, sir, is a victory for you and a statement of my goddamn love.”
In conclusion, Lee promised to “always be there” for his friends.
— 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐕𝐞𝐧 (@WrestlingCovers) July 14, 2022
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 14, 2022
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