Keith Lee pinned Randy Orton clean on his Pay Per View debut, so a title match at WWE Clash of Champions 2020 must be forthcoming.
Sure, some fans were busy talking about Keith Lee losing his awesome theme song and having to wear new gear, but most fans understood that his Raw debut was a major success. Lee immediately took aim at Randy Orton and got a Pay Per View match with the WWE legend at Payback. That established Lee as someone in the main event scene right on his debut. How often does that happen?
And then at Payback, Keith Lee did the thing. He pinned Randy Orton clean, in the middle of the ring, stunning The Viper and sending WWE fans into a frenzy. Lee delivered a strong match on his PPV debut and got the win, making it clear that he is one of the top babyfaces on Monday nights.
Prior to Payback, Orton lost a WWE Title match at SummerSlam against Drew McIntyre, but he only lost by a roll-up. And on the following episode of Raw, he punted McIntyre three times, writing him off with a hairline jaw fracture.
Orton still has a match for the WWE Title lined up against McIntyre, and the next Pay Per View is WWE Clash of Champions 2020 on Sept. 27.
Keith Lee could even win the title at WWE Clash of Champions 2020
But after pinning Orton clean, Lee has a case to be in a WWE Title match, too. If Orton is involved with McIntyre and Lee showed he can also pin The Viper – albeit in even more conclusive fashion than McIntyre did – then surely he needs to be in that match.
It looks like Clash of Champions will have a Triple Threat WWE Championship match fought among McIntyre, Orton, and Lee, judging by the events at Payback. The episode of Raw after Payback should give fans more clarity on what’s happening in the men’s main event scene on Monday nights, but Lee has absolutely earned himself a future title opportunity.
It’s more than reasonable for him to get that shot on PPV at Clash of Champions in September. Whether or not Lee wins that match is entirely up in the air, but after pinning Orton cleanly at Payback, it’s within reason for the man experiencing a meteoric rise in WWE since last year’s Survivor Series to take the title. Orton will probably steal the victory, but nobody can count out Lee, especially after the win at Payback.