Jason Lee (Chinese: 李杰森; Japanese: ジェイソン・リー; born October 18, 1992) is a Chinese professional wrestler from Hong Kong. He is currently working full-time for the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Dragon Gate, where he is one-third of the current Open the Triangle Champions in his second reign, while also being a former Twin Gate Champion.
Lee also wrestled for very wrestling promotions on the independent circuit including Pro Wrestling Zero1, where he is a former two-times International and NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion. Lee was a part of the WWE's Cruiserweight Classic in 2016. Lee is also a technical style wrestler.
Professional wrestling career
At Lee's childhood, Lee started to watch Martial Artist and famous movie actor Bruce Lee, and said to himself to one day become Bruce Lee, while at ten years old watching WWE on the television. Lee got inspired and decided to pursue the dream of becoming a professional wrestler, and to show people how can add Chinese Kung Fu into Professional Wrestling.
Lee during his teenagehood started to train with fellow Hong Kong wrestler Ho Ho Lun and founding Hong Kong's first professional wrestling promotion Hong Kong Pro Wrestling Federation. Lee in 2009, with sixteen years under the ringname Jason New.
Independent circuit (2009–2019)
In 2012, Lee traveled to Japan to work with Pro Wrestling Zero1, training in the company’s dojo, where he could return to Hong Kong every three months to renew his visa. After some months in the dojo, Lee was allowed to have his first match for the company, which kicked off a three-year period as a regular within the company and eventually winning Zero1's International Junior Heavyweight and NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championships two times, before being offered a contract. In the same year, he started working for the CWE (China Wrestling Entertainment), where he and Lun competed in tag team matches with each other.
Lee’s gimmick would develop when he had more work overseas, Lee also wanted to make himself more memorable within the wrestling audience. When Lee and Lun headed to the United Kingdom for a tour, Lee says that he was thinking how to perform as being a person from Hong Kong. He changed his ring surname from “New” to “Lee” to bring Bruce to mind and started adding kung fu elements to his character, including using nunchucks in his entrance, despite not being trained in martial arts, Lee learned his nunchuks' abillities from YouTube.
Dragon Gate (2017–Present)
When Lee came back to Hong Kong after participating in WWE's Cruiserweight Classic, Lee had a show where a sponsor from Japan got in contact with him to recommend him to Dragon Gate officials, where the sponsor said " I think you might fit in Dragon Gate style and it might be good for good for Hong Kong Pro Wrestling" and told him to try, this eventually led to Lee debuting in Dragon Gate in September 2017. Lee made his debut on September 13 in a dark match defeating Punch Tominaga. He would defeat Tominaga again on September 16. Later that day it was announced that Lee was going to take part of the Dangerous Gate pay-per-view event. At Dangerous Gate, Lee teamed up with Don Fujii in a loss against BxB Hulk and Kzy. On November 8 Lee joined MaxiMuM after accepting Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino's offer to join them. On December 23 at Final Gate, Lee and MaxiMuM co-leaders Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino defeated Tribe Vanguard (YAMATO, BxB Hulk and Kzy) to win the Open The Triangle Gate Championship. They lost the titles to Natural Vibes (Kzy, Genki Horiguchi and Susumu Yokosuka) on May 6, 2018, at Dead or Alive. Following the Dead or Alive, Lee took part in the King of Gate, finishing the tournament with a record of two wins and two losses, failing to advance to the semifinals, due to losing to Takashi Yoshida in their head-to-head match. On February 1, 2019, Lee joined Dragon Gate as a full-time member of the roster. In May 2019, Lee took part in the 2019 King of Gate, finishing the tournament with a record of two wins and three losses, failing to advance to the semifinals tournament. On June 6, Lee pinned Susumu Yokosuka in a six-man tag team match and issued an opportunity for the Open The Brave Gate Championship, three days later, Lee would unsuccessfully challenge Yokosuka for the title. On August 28 (29 in JTS), Kaito Ishida pinned Big R Shimizu and challenged them and Eita into a title match on the evening show, Lee and Ishida would unsuccessfully challenge them.
On December 4, Kaito Ishida turned on MaxiMuM, blaming his former stablemates Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino for trying to get revenge on R.E.D for Drágon. Afterwards, Lee attacked Ishida, leading General Manager Takayuki Yagi to announced that Ishida would defend his title against Lee at Final Gate on December 15. At the on December 15, Lee unsuccessfully challenged Ishida for the title, due to R.E.D's interference. Three days later, after MaxiMuM was temporarily suspended, he entered the Dragon Gate stable in order to unite all Dragon Gate generation of wrestlers against Toryumon and R.E.D in a "Generation War". On May 16, Lee took part in the 2020 King of Gate, losing in the first round to Open The Brave Gate Champion Kaito Ishida, eliminating him from the tournament. On August 2, at Memorial Gate in Wakayama, Lee and Dragon Gate stablemate Kota Minoura defeated R.E.D (Kazma Sakamoto and BxB Hulk) to win the Open The Twin Gate Championship. The titles were vacated on November 14, due to Lee missing the 2020 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival as a precautionary measure for the COVID-19 after registering a high fever.
On December 2, Lee alongside Dragon Dia and Minoura left Dragon Gate to form their own stable with Shun Skywalker, which would be joined by a mysterious member on December 15. At the December 15 event, it was announced that the stable would be named Masquerade, with the new member being revealed to be La Estrella. On May 5 at Dead or Alive, Lee, Dia, and Estrella defeated Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy and Susumu Yokosuka) to win the Open The Triangle Gate Championship. Later that month, Lee took part in the 2021 King of Gate, finishing the tournament with a record of two wins, one draw and one loss, failling to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- "Kung Fu Fighter"
- Entrance themes
- "Chase on the breath" by YO-HEI
Championships and accomplishments
- Dragon Gate
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him No. 369 on the PWI 500 of 2016.
- Pro Wrestling Zero1
- International Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Zero1 Hong Kong
- AWGC Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
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- Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016 - The Internet Wrestling Database .