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Dragon Lee
DragonLee
Birth name Muñoz González (first name not revealed)
Born May 15 1995 (1995-05-15) (age 23)
Tala, Jalisco, Mexico
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dragon Lee
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)[1]
Trained By Alfredo Pineda
Franco Colombo
Pierrothito
Pit Bull I
Arturo Muñoz
Debut January 1, 2014

 

Dragon Lee (II) (born May 15, 1995 in Tala, Jalisco, Mexico) is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler currently working for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) portraying a tecnico ("Good guy") wrestling character. Dragon Lee's real name is not a matter of public record, as is often the case with masked wrestlers in Mexico where their private lives are kept a secret from the wrestling fans.[2]

Dragon Lee is the son of professional wrestler Arturo Muñoz, who is currently working for CMLL under the ring name Comandante Pierroth, although the family relationship is not acknowledged on CMLL's shows. He is the second person to use the Dragon Lee ring persona and mask, the first Dragon Lee being his older brother Carlos, who now wrestles under the ring name Místico. Dragon Lee has another brother, William, who works under the ring name Rush. Dragon Lee was voted the 2014 Rookie of the Year by readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. In April 2015, Dragon Lee won his first professional wrestling title, the CMLL World Lightweight Championship.

Personal lifeEdit

The man known under the ring name Dragon Lee was born on May 15, 1995, in Tala, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, son of professional wrestler Arturo Muñoz, who had worked as Toro Blanco, Poder Boriqua, Poder Mexico and Comandante Pierroth over the years.[3] Dragon Lee's two older brothers grew up to become professional wrestlers as well, with the oldest of the brothers, William, making his wrestling debut in 2008 and would later become known as "Rush".[4] Another of Dragon Lee's brothers, Carlos, became a professional wrestler in 2011, adopting the enmascarado (masked) character Dragon Lee initially.[5] In 2012 the original Dragon Lee was offered the opportunity to take over the Místico character after the original wrestler under the Místico mask left Mexico. It was public knowledge that Dragon Lee had taken over the Místico character, leaving the mask and character of Dragon Lee behind.[6][7] Dragon Lee's uncles are also professional wrestlers, known as Franco Colombo, Pit Bull I and Pit Bull II and all had a hand in training Dragon Lee prior to his professional wrestling debut. At the age of 14 his father took him to Mexico City to start training in amateur wrestling, participating in several wrestling events.[8] He would also participate in boxing but, as Dragon Lee recalls in an 2015 interview, during his first match he performed a Suplex (a wrestling throw) on his opponent and was disqualified. At that point he realized that his future was in Lucha Libre.[8]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017–present)Edit

On January 5, 2017, Dragon Lee made a surprise return to NJPW, attacking Hiromu Takahashi (the former Kamaitachi) and Tetsuya Naito during their match against KUSHIDA and Michael Elgin. Following the match, Dragon Lee posed with Takahashi's IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship belt.[9] This led to Lee unsuccessfully challenging Takahashi for the title on February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka.[10] The following May, Dragon Lee realized one of his goals in professional wrestling,[11] when he was announced as a participant in the Best of the Super Juniors 24 tournament.[12] In his opening match of the tournament on May 17, Dragon Lee handed rival Hiromu Takahashi his first singles loss since returning to Japan at the end of 2016.[13] On May 7, NJPW announced Lee as a participant in the 2018 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. He finished his block with a record of three wins and four losses, failing to advance to the finals.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • Desnucadora[1] (Vertical suplex powerbomb)
    • Dragon Driver[1] (Bridging package fallaway powerbomb)[14][15][16]
  • Signature moves
    • Running frankensteiner, sometimes while jumping over the top rope to an opponent standing on the apron
    • Topé suicida
    • Topé con hilo
  • Nicknames
    • "El Niño Maravilla"[17] (Spanish for "The Wonder Boy")

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    • CMLL World Lightweight Championship (2 times)[18][19]
    • CMLL Bodybuilding Contest: Beginners Category (2013)[20]
    • CMLL Bodybuilding Contest: Intermediate Category (2014, 2015)[21][22]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #250 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[23]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Rookie of the Year (2014)[24]

Luchas de Apuestas recordEdit

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Dragon Lee (mask) Kamaitachi (mask) Mexico City 2015 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas March 20, 2015 [25]
Dragon Lee (mask) La Máscara (mask) Mexico City CMLL 83rd Anniversary Show September 2, 2016 [26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 (in Japanese) New Japan Pro-Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/profile/653. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  2. Madigan, Dan (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?", Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher, 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  3. Ruiz Glez, Alex (February 25, 2011). "Rush Habla después de ganar el campeonato mundial semicompleto del CMLL" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. http://Superluchas.com/2011/02/25/rush-habla-despues-de-ganar-el-campeonato-mundial-semicompleto-del-cmll/. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  4. "Rush" (in Spanish). Récord. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20131003032114/http://regio.record.com.mx/2011-02-22/rouge. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  5. "Dragon Lee" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110513033558/http://cmll.com/forjandounidolo/charly/dragonlee/index.html. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  6. "Místico con alma de Dragón.... ¡Las Amazonas del ring en jaula!" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. June 21, 2012. Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/68aE9QvBg?url=http://cmll.com/noticias.htm. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  7. Boutwell, Josh (June 23, 2012). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120828203919/http://www.wrestleview.com/viewnews.php?id=1340476258. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Cruiz, Gabriel (May 15, 2015). "Dragon Lee, la apuesta coliseína." (in Spanish). Fuego en el Ring. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150611124950/http://fuegoenelring.com/noticias_detalle.php?articles_id=4252. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  9. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro-Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/tornament/13462?showResult=1. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  10. Rose, Bryan (February 10, 2017). "NJPW New Beginning in Osaka live results: Naito vs. Elgin". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-new-beginning-osaka-live-results-naito-vs-elgin-229921. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  11. (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. January 23, 2017. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/643456/. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  12. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro-Wrestling. May 3, 2017. http://www.njpw.co.jp/95324. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  13. Namako, Jason (May 17, 2017). "5/17 NJPW BOSJ Day 1 iPPV Results: Tokyo, Japan (Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee)". Wrestleview. http://www.wrestleview.com/japan-news/new-japan/80993-517-njpw-bosj-day-1-ippv-results-tokyo-japan/. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  14. Redaccion (September 19, 2014). "Caída a Caída... 81 Aniversario del CMLL" (in Spanish). MedioTiempo. MSN. http://www.mediotiempo.com/mas-deportes/lucha-libre/noticias/2014/09/19/caida-a-caida-81-aniversario-del-cmll. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  15. Cano Vela, Eduardo (September 19, 2014). "CMLL 81 aniversario (Cobertura y resultados en vivo) -Atlantis destapa a Último Guerrero" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas. http://Superluchas.com/2014/09/19/cmll-81-aniversario-cobertura-y-resultados-atlantis-vs-ultimo-guerrero-mascara-vs-mascara/. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  16. (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/686588/. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  17. "El CMLL invade Estados Unidos junto a NJPW" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. May 18, 2017. http://cmll.com/?p=98254. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
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  21. "La Máscara se convirtió en 'Mr. CMLL'" (in Spanish). MedioTiempo. November 26, 2014. http://www.mediotiempo.com/mas-deportes/lucha-libre/noticias/2014/11/26/la-mascara-se-convirtio-en-mr-cmll. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  22. "Astral volvió a coronarse como Mr. CMLL" (in Spanish). MedioTiempo. November 25, 2015. http://www.mediotiempo.com/mas-deportes/lucha-libre/noticias/2015/11/25/astral-volvio-a-coronarse-como-mr-cmll. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  23. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016". The Internet Wrestling Database. http://www.profightdb.com/pwi-500/2016.html. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  24. Meltzer, Dave (January 26, 2015). "Jan. 26, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2014 awards issue w/ results & Dave’s commentary, Conor McGregor, and much more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 22. ISSN 1083-9593. 
  25. Valdés, Apolo (March 21, 2015). "Dragon Lee desenmascaró a Kamaitachi" (in Spanish). MedioTiempo. MSN. http://www.mediotiempo.com/mas-deportes/lucha-libre/noticias/2015/03/21/dragon-lee-desenmascaro-a-kamaitachi. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  26. Ocampo, Ernesto (September 2, 2016). "Resultados CMLL 83 Aniversario: La Máscara vs. Dragon Lee, máscara contra máscara" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas. http://superluchas.com/2016/09/02/resultados-cmll-83-aniversario-la-mascara-vs-dragon-lee-mascara-contra-mascara/. Retrieved September 2, 2016.

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