WWE NXT North American Champion Wes Lee has opened up about his heart condition and his journey into the world of professional wrestling.
Lee is in his first reign as NXT North American Champion, having captured the title in a five-man ladder match at Halloween Havoc last October.
Speaking on The Mark Moses Show, Lee said that as a child, he was unable to play a lot of sports because of a heart condition. He said,
“I was a smaller kid growing up, so I didn’t really have the opportunity to play too many sports, basketball was out of the question. Football was somewhat out of the question as well because I was born with a heart murmur. So there were a lot of medical reasons why I could not play sports.”
Speaking about his origins in pro-wrestling, Lee said that a lot of it came thanks to ignoring the ‘Do Not Try This At Home’ warning.
“So a lot of the things that I ended up learning were self-taught from either movies or just from common knowledge between shared friends. I lived in an area where I had many athletic friends as well. Tumbling was a thing that we used to do in our neighborhood. We’d grab old mattresses and sit them out, run and jump off of those and practice our flips. So that was the way that I really honed in on my athletic ability was starting out on that.
“Then that led to the growth of my love for professional wrestling and sports entertainment. Once that happened, I started to you know, not listen to the disclaimer at the very beginning of our shows and stuff like that of not trying this at home. That was the early stages of me, breaking into the love of professional wrestling and starting to really expand on my expertise when it comes to my athleticism.”
Lee’s most recent televised title defense saw him retain against Tony D’Angelo on the December 14, 2022 episode of WWE NXT.
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