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Lee Che-Gyong (Korean이 체경) (born January 19, 1989), better known by his ring name Jake Lee (ジェイクリー, Jeikurī) is a Zainichi-Korean professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist trained by and currently signed to All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW).

Jake Lee
Birth nameLee Che-Gyong
Born (1989-01-19) January 19, 1989 (age 30)[1]
Kitami, Hokkaido, Japan[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Jake Lee
Lee Che Gyong[2]
Billed height1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)[1]
Billed weight110 kg (240 lb)
Trained byKeiji Mutoh
Atsushi Aoki[3]
DebutAugust 17, 2011[3]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

All Japan Pro WrestlingEdit

Early career and retirement (2011)Edit

Lee joined the All Japan Pro Wrestling dojo in January 2011, initially training under Keiji Mutoh. He debuted on August 17 of that year using his real name in a loss to Taiyo Kea,[4] and lost again the following day, this time to Ryota Hama,[5] but on August 20, Gyong picked up his first victory with a win over Yasufumi Nakanoue, and was once again victorious on August 24, teaming with Akebono and Masakatsu Funaki to defeat Joe Doering, Mazada and René Dupree.[6] Gyong represented AJPW in The Destroyer Cup Battle Royal at All Together 2011, eventually won by Kentaro Shiga.[7] Gyong teamed with Takumi Soya on September 11 to defeat Soshun and Yasufumi Nakanoue, but was defeated by Soya and Takao Omori on September 17 when he teamed with Manabu Soya.[8] After sustaining an injury, Gyong announced his retirement from professional wrestling in October 2011 after just ten professional matches. Gyong said in a 2016 interview that leaving professional wrestling "broke his heart".[9] After leaving professional wrestling, he began to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. Soon after leaving All Japan, Gyong joined Power Of Dreams, where he trained under Kenichi Yamamoto and competed in MMA for the next several years.[10]

Return and Nextream (2015–2017)Edit

Gyong announced his return to professional wrestling and AJPW on May 21, 2015, now going under the ring name Jake Lee. His first match back took place on June 4, when he teamed with Jun Akiyama to defeat Takao Omori and Naoya Nomura. In December, after Kento Miyahara tried to join Evolution but was rejected by Suwama, Miyahara announced the formation of a new unit known as Nextream, consisting initially of Miyahara and Lee. On January 21, Nextream defeated Jun Akiyama and Yuma Aoyagi,[11] and on February 13 defeated Akiyama and Takao Omori to become the new #1 contenders to the World Tag Team Championship.[12] Lee and Miyahara unsuccessfully challenged champions Zeus and The Bodyguard on February 21.[13] In April, Lee participated in the 2016 Champion Carnival, finishing with 2 points.[14] On August 6, Miyahara and Lee received another opportunity at the World Tag Team Championships, this time losing to Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi.[15] Lee took part in the 2016 Royal Road Tournament, but was eliminated in the first round by Ryoji Sai.[16] In October, Miyahara and Lee were joined in Nextream by Yuma Aoyagi, and eventually Naoya Nomura. On October 31, Lee represented AJPW in an 8-man tag team match for Heat-Up Pro Wrestling, teaming with Takao Omori, Yuma Aoyagi and Yohei Nakajima to defeat Daisuke Kanehira, Koji Iwamoto, Shinya Ishida and Tatsumi Fujinami.[17] Lee and Miyahara participated in the 2016 Real World Tag League, winning their block with 8 points, but losing to Get Wild (Takao Omori and Manabu Soya) in the final.[18] On February 17, 2017, Lee teamed with Miyahara to once again challenge Big Guns for the World Tag Team Championship but again came up short[19]. In April, Lee participated in the 2017 Champion Carnival but finished last in Block A with 2 points only scoring a win over Zeus[20]. Following the Champion Carnival, Lee began teaming with Nextream member Naoya Nomura and the two challenged The Big Guns for the World Tag Titles on May 12th but lost[21]. On June 11th, Lee got his first shot at the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship against Shuji Ishikawa but came up short[22]. On July 17th, Lee and Nomura got another title shot against The Big Guns for the World Tag Team Championship but this time emerged victorious with both Lee and Nomura winning their first championship[23]. On July 28th, Lee and Nomura retained the titles in a rematch against The Big Guns but Lee suffered a knee injury during the match. On August 1st, AJPW announced Lee and Nomura were stripped of the titles due to Lee's injury.

Sweeper (2018-present)Edit

In the spring of 2018, Lee announced his return to the ring as well as his departure from Nextream. He had his return match on May 24th teaming with Koji Iwamoto to defeat Nomura and Yoshitatsu[24]. On June 13th, Lee announced the formation of his own stable called "Sweeper" due to their desire to clean sweep All Japan by controlling their titles with the stable consisting of Iwamoto, Keiichi Sato, Ryoji Sai, and Dylan James[25]. In September, Lee entered the Oudou Tournament defeating Jun Akiyama in the first round on September 17th but fell to Kento Miyahara in the second round on September 22nd[26]. From November to December, Lee entered the 2018 World's Strongest Tag Determination League teaming with Sai but finished 9th place with 8 points scoring wins over Tajiri & Gianni Valletta, Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa, Jun Akiyama & Daisuke Sekimoto, and Kai & Kengo Mashimo[27]. On January 2, 2019, Lee won the January 2nd Openweight Korakuen Hall Battle Royal[28]. On February 24th, Lee teamed with Sai to challenge Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi) for the World Tag Team Championship but lost[29]. On March 21st, Lee teamed with Iwamoto to compete in a four team tournament for the vacant All Asia Tag Team Championship which they ended up winning defeating Big Japan's Masaya Takahashi and Takayuki Ueki in the semifinals and Daichi Hashimoto and Hideyoshi Kamitani in the finals[30]. In April, Lee entered the 2019 Champion Carnival and tied in first place in Block B with Naoya Nomura with 10 points. Due to this, Lee defeated Nomura in a finalist decision match to advance to the finals where he lost to Triple Crown Champion Kento Miyahara[31].

Personal lifeEdit

Gyong became a vegan while training for MMA.[10]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  32. ^ 6.18札幌大会[観衆]541人(超満員). All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). June 18, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  33. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2017". Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved September 8, 2017.

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