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Dragon Lee appears at NJPW World Tag League finals, challenges Liger


Dragon Lee resurfaced at tonight’s World Tag League, challenging Jushin Thunder Liger to what will be one of his last matches.

After a six-man tag team match that featured Liger had concluded, Dragon Lee appeared on the video monitor. He said he used to be known as Dragon Lee, but now is going by the name Ryu Lee. He said Liger was an icon of pro wrestling all over the world and understood that he would soon be retiring. Lee requested to face him in one of his last matches. 

Liger responded by saying he would take that as a challenge. But Liger also mentioned that he wanted to face one other person, someone who is just coming back from a neck injury. He didn’t mention Hiromu Takahashi by name, but Takahashi has just returned after being gone for more than a year due to a neck injury.

With two possible challengers, no match was made official. Jushin Thunder Liger already has a match set for January 4, but does not have a match announced for January 5.

CMLL, who owns the rights to the Dragon Lee name, fired Lee back in September for not following guidelines set by the programing department. He most recently challenged Kenny Omega for the AAA Mega Heavyweight championship  back on December 1 in a losing effort.

Liger’s second-to-last match will take place on January 4 when he will team with Tatsumi Fujinami, The Great Sasuke and Tiger Mask to take on the team of Naoki Sano, Shinjiro Otani, Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Ryusuke Taguchi.

The retirement ceremony for Jushin Thunder Liger will take place on January 6 at New Year Dash.