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Dragon Lee
DragonLee
Birth name Muñoz González (first name not revealed)
Born May 15 1995 (1995-05-15) (age 24)
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.


Professional wrestling career

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017–present)

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.[3] This led to Lee unsuccessfully challenging Takahashi for the title on February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka.[4] The following May, Dragon Lee realized one of his goals in professional wrestling,[5] when he was announced as a participant in the Best of the Super Juniors 24 tournament.[6] 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.[7] 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. On April 6, 2019 at G1 Supercard, Lee defeated Taiji Ishimori and Bandido in a three-way match to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time, In the process, he became the third Mexican wrestler to hold the title behind Juventud Guerrera and Mistico. Lee participated in the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, where he finished with seven wins and two losses. On June 9, Lee lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Will Ospreay.

Personal life

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.[8] 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".[9] Another of Dragon Lee's brothers, Carlos, became a professional wrestler in 2011, adopting the enmascarado (masked) character Dragon Lee initially.[10] 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.[11][12] 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.[13] 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.[13]

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Desnucadora[1] (Vertical suplex powerbomb)
    • Dragon Driver[1] (Bridging package fallaway powerbomb)[14][15][16]
    • Rodilla Dragon (Running Knee Strike to the face of a seated opponent)
  • 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 accomplishments

  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    • CMLL World Welterweight Championship (1 time)
    • CMLL World Lightweight Championship (2 times)[18][19]
    • CMLL Bodybuilding Contest: Beginners Category (2013)[20]
    • CMLL Bodybuilding Contest: Intermediate Category (2014, 2015)[21][22]
    • CMLL Family Tag Team Tournament (2019) - with Mistico
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • 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 record

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]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ja:ドラゴン・リー (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Retrieved on 2017-05-23.
  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. ja:戦国炎舞 -Kizna- Presents New Year Dash !! (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Retrieved on 2017-01-05.
  4. Rose, Bryan 2017-02-10. NJPW New Beginning in Osaka live results: Naito vs. Elgin . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-02-11.
  5. ja:【新日本】高橋ヒロムに挑戦のドラゴン・リー ベルト奪取後に兄弟で王座戦だ (in Japanese). Tokyo Sports (2017-01-23). Retrieved on 2017-05-03.
  6. ja:【『Super Jr.』出場メンバー決定!】Aブロックにリコシェ、オスプレイ、ドラゴン・リー! マーティ・スカルが初上陸! Bブロックにボラドール! 金丸、ACHも初出場! (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017-05-03). Retrieved on 2017-05-03.
  7. Namako, Jason 2017-05-17. 5/17 NJPW BOSJ Day 1 iPPV Results: Tokyo, Japan (Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee) . Wrestleview. Retrieved on 2017-05-18.
  8. Ruiz Glez, Alex 2011-02-25. Rush Habla después de ganar el campeonato mundial semicompleto del CMLL (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved on 2011-07-31.
  9. Rush (in Spanish). Récord. Archived from the original on 2013-10-03. Retrieved on 2011-07-31.
  10. Dragon Lee (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on 2011-05-13. Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
  11. Místico con alma de Dragón.... ¡Las Amazonas del ring en jaula! (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2012-06-21). Archived from the original on 2012-06-21. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  12. Boutwell, Josh 2012-06-23. Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly . WrestleView. Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. Retrieved on 2012-06-23.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Cruiz, Gabriel 2015-05-15. Dragon Lee, la apuesta coliseína. (in Spanish). Fuego en el Ring. Archived from the original on 2015-06-11. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  14. Redaccion 2014-09-19. Caída a Caída... 81 Aniversario del CMLL (in Spanish). MedioTiempo. MSN. Retrieved on 2014-09-20.
  15. Cano Vela, Eduardo 2014-09-19. CMLL 81 aniversario (Cobertura y resultados en vivo) -Atlantis destapa a Último Guerrero (in Spanish). SuperLuchas. Retrieved on 2014-09-20.
  16. ja:【新日本】「スーパージュニア」開幕 高橋ヒロムがまさかの黒星発進 (in Japanese). Tokyo Sports. Retrieved on 2017-05-18.
  17. El CMLL invade Estados Unidos junto a NJPW (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2017-05-18). Retrieved on 2017-05-22.
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  21. La Máscara se convirtió en 'Mr. CMLL' (in Spanish). MedioTiempo (2014-11-26). Retrieved on 2014-11-27.
  22. Astral volvió a coronarse como Mr. CMLL (in Spanish). MedioTiempo (2015-11-25). Retrieved on 2015-11-26.
  23. Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016 . The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
  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 2015-03-21. Dragon Lee desenmascaró a Kamaitachi (in Spanish). MedioTiempo. MSN. Retrieved on 2015-03-21.
  26. Ocampo, Ernesto 2016-09-02. Resultados CMLL 83 Aniversario: La Máscara vs. Dragon Lee, máscara contra máscara (in Spanish). SuperLuchas. Retrieved on 2016-09-02.

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