El Ligero

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El Ligero
El Ligero at Smash.jpg
El Ligero making his ring entrance at Day 2 of Smash Wrestling's "Smash vs. Progress" show in Etobicoke, ON
Birth name Simon James Musk
Born (1985-01-07) 7 January 1985 (age 32)
Leeds, England
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) El Ligero
Mexican Sensation
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Billed weight 161 lb (73 kg)[1]
Billed from Los Sanchos, Mexico
Trained by Alan Johnson
Johnny Moss
Debut 2001

Simon James Musk (7 January 1985) is a British professional wrestler better known as his in-ring persona, Mexican luchador, El Ligero.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (2001–present)[edit]

El Ligero has been a professional wrestler since 2001. He has wrestled in the United States, Italy, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Romania and many times in the UK, for over 100 different wrestling companies.[2] He has also worked as a referee for Revolution British Wrestling, a ring announcer for Real Deal Wrestling, as well as a commentator for several other promotions in 2008 when he was out of action for nine months due to a serious shoulder injury.

Some of the more prominent companies he has worked for include: Pro Wrestling Noah (on their 2008 UK tour), 1PW, Grand Pro Wrestling, New Generation Wrestling, All Star Wrestling, Frontier Wrestling Alliance, WAW, IPW:UK, IWW (Ireland), NWA Wildside (USA), EWF (Italy), EWE (Spain), PBW (Scotland), 2FC (France), DCW (Netherlands), RPW(Romania), XWA, 3CW, WhatCulture Pro Wrestling and over 75 other companies.

He has wrestled the likes of Último Dragón, Nunzio, Doug Basham, Jimmy Rave, Doug Williams, El Generico, Delirious, Martin Stone, Tracy Smothers, Jonny Storm, Jody Fleisch, The Great Naga, Jay Lethal, Noam Dar, Mark Andrews, Kenny Williams, Marty Scurll, Will Ospreay and many more, including the best the UK has to offer. He has also teamed with Simon Dean and The Sandman.[3]

He wrestles as one half of the tag team Hubba-Bubba Lucha alongside Bubblegum.

In the Frontier Wrestling Alliance, El Ligero has become a central part of the flyweight division and is among the contenders to win the ongoing Flyweight Title Round Robin Tournament. Since August 2009 he has been engaged in a bitter feud with Ross Jordan (aka RJ Singh), who dramatically sawed the horns off his mask during a memorable in-ring segment at "Hotwired" in November of that year.

In 2010, El Ligero appeared for Insane Championship Wrestling, entering a tournament to become the inaugural ICW Zero-G Champion but was unsuccessful.[4]

On 27 May 2011, El Ligero beat Martin Kirby to become the first ever North East Wrestling Society British Heavyweight Champion.

Pro Wrestling Noah (2008)[edit]

On 21 June 2008, El Ligero took part in an exclusive British six-man tag team match, on the pre-show of Pro Wrestling Noah's UK event at the Coventry Skydome. The team of Hubba-Bubba Lucha (El Ligero and Bubblegum) along with Luke "Dragon" Phoenix defeated Zack Sabre Jr, Dave Moralez and Mark Haskins.[5] The match was voted UK Match Of The Year 2008 by renowned British forum, the UKFF, and received rave reviews in publications such as Fighting Spirit Magazine.

Grand Pro Wrestling (2004 - Present)[edit]

El Ligero was involved in the early days of Grand Pro Wrestling as a sidekick for JC Thunder. Ligero broke free from Thunder's grasp and the two had one of the most controversial bloody bouts in British wrestling history in July 2005 causing Grand Pro Wrestling to be banned from the Greater Manchester region!

Ligero has been a mainstay on the roster since 2004, and in April 2014 he captured his first and only singles title in the promotion as he lifted the British Championship after defeating Zack Gibson. Ligero lost the title in June 2015 to T-Bone.

3 Count Wrestling (2005 - Present)[edit]

On 9 September 2005, EL Ligero debuted in Three Count Wrestling. Where he defeated JC Thunder at 3CW Darkest Deeds 2 in Billingham, United Kingdom. EL Ligero then went on to become 3CW Champion on three different occasions. Then after 3 Count Wrestling ended in 2013. EL Ligero made his return on 10 December 2016 in Thornaby, United Kingdom.

Southside Wrestling Entertainment (2010–present)[edit]

El Ligero made his Southside Wrestling debut on 24 October 2010. He has battled many international talents including Davey Richards & Johnny Gargano. His near 3 year feud with Martin Kirby has been the highlight of Southside Wrestling where they have had an 'I Quit Match', Street Fight, No Ropes match and finally ended in a Steel Cage at the companies 3rd Anniversary.

At the Speed King event on 30 May 2015 in Nottingham, El Ligero won the SWE Speed King Championship. He lost it to Jimmy Havoc on 8 August 2015 at the SWE Menace II Society V event.

Preston City Wrestling (2011–present)[edit]

In August 2011, Ligero appeared on the inaugural Preston City Wrestling card, beating Prince Ameen in a first round match in the PCW title tournament. Later that night, a storyline injury caused by Lionheart and Noam Dar took him out of the second show and the rest of the tournament, his place being taken by Kris Travis.

Ligero returned to PCW in October to take on Noam Dar in a submission match.

The next appearance for El Ligero at PCW was in a 6-man Money in the Bank match, taking on Kris Travis, Joey Hayes, CJ Banks, Bubblegum and Martin Kirby

Ligero returned in 2012 at Springslam in a 4-way match against Joey Hayes, Jonathan Gresham and CJ Banks

On 2 June, he took on Dragon Gate star Akira Tozawa at PCW Guild Wars in a well received match. A rematch between the 2 has been booked for 2 February,

He faced Dave Mastiff at PCW One but not Forgotten on 17 August, and followed that up with an unsuccessful attempt at Noam Dar's Cruiserweight Championship on 28 September, in a match also involving Joey Hayes.

He next took on Dave Rayne, who has rebranded himself as a cruiserweight, in a "Fans Bring The Halloween Themed Weapons" match at Fright Night, 31 October

Since then, Ligero has renewed his Project Lucha tag team with Martin Kirby. The beat Fight Club at PCW Invasion, however this was via disqualification so they did not win the tag team titles. Next was a loss to The Young Bucks on 18 January.

At Road to Glory Ligero was defeated in the first round by Super Crazy.

El Ligero participated in the 30-man rumble match at Spring Slam 2013, but was unsuccessful.(the match was won by Lionheart)

El Ligero became the number one contender to the PCW crusierweight championship ( held by Dave Rayne) on the 31st of may defeating Joey Hayes and Kris Travis and Martin Kirby in a 4 way match.

The next night El Ligero was defeated by Kris Travis in a pre-show match.

At the main show he participated in another 4-way match won by Dean Allmark (also in the match were Sam Bailey and Danny Hope).

Ligero was booked to face Dave Rayne for the PCW Cruiserweight championship, however after Noam Dar pulled out of his match with Doug Williams Ligero replaced him and was beaten 5 falls to 4 in the iron match.

Ligero competed again for PCW at Final Fight where he again teamed with Kirby in a losing effort against the team of Dean Allmark and Japanese legend Ultimo Dragon.

On 31 October 2015 at Fright Night 4, Ligero defeated Bubblegum for the PCW Cruiserweight title. He lost the belt a month later on 27 November 2015 at Supershow of Honor 2 - Show 1 to Adam Cole in an elimination 3 way match which also featured Bubblegum.[6]

Progress Wrestling (2012–present)[edit]

In Progress, El Ligero (left) is a member of The Origin.

Ligero appeared on the debut show for London-based promotion Progress Wrestling and spent the first four events pursuing the Progress Champion, Nathan Cruz. Ligero eventually won the title at Chapter Four: the Ballad of El Ligero in November 2012.[7] He dropped the title to Rampage Brown at Chapter Eight and disappeared from the promotion.

Ligero re-emerged at Chapter Eleven to complete his trilogy of Progress matches with Noam Dar. Having won the first two meetings, Ligero came up short in the third match. Ligero later began a feud with Michael Gilbert culminating in a brutal no disqualification match at Chapter Sixteen.

He later turned heel and was revealed as a member of The Faceless, and was confirmed as the holder of the tag team titles The Faceless had won alongside s returning Nathan Cruz.

Alternative Wrestling World (2012–2013)[edit]

El Ligero has appeared in many Alternative Wrestling World shows in 2012 and 2013. One of his star matches was against Kenbai, in which at the end, both Wrestlers had a "Mutual show of respect".[8]

Grapple Wrestling (2015–present)[edit]

In December 2014, Grapple Wrestling (A small Leeds based promotion) announced that El Ligero would be taking training every Wednesday. Ligero trained with stars like Liam Slater and Dan James who have now gone on to be 2 of the most popular Indy stars. Ligero made his Grapple debut at a show in Horsforth. Ligero teamed with Joey Divine to face Benjamin Rock and Dan James. Ligero would go on to wrestle on most Grapple shows after that.

WhatCulture Pro Wrestling (2016–present)[edit]

Ligero made his debut facing Martin Kirby on the first ever episode of WhatCulture Pro Wrestling on 27 June 2016 in a winning effort. The next week he was in a match against then ROH World Heavyweight Champion Jay Lethal in one of the company's best matches in its short history. The match ended in a draw after Martin Kirby ran out and attacked Ligero and Lethal. The next week on Loaded, Martin Kirby faced "Ligero" (someone dressed as Ligero, but with a very noticeably different physique) and began dominating and putting him down on the mic until the real Ligero ran out and chased Kirby away. Two weeks later, at Built to Destroy, the two opened the show, with a "Mask v. Pride" stipulation where if Ligero lost, he would have to unmask, and if Kirby lost he would have to wear a dress. After winning, he put Kirby in a sleeper hold and forcefully put the yellow flowery dress on him and then woke him up.

Next week, he took part in another match that is one of the best in the company's history: a triple threat between Will Ospreay and Noam Dar. He once again opened the 6th episode of Loaded in a match with Joseph Conners. At WCPW Stacked, Ligero took part in a triple threat with the debuting Ethan Carter III and Pete Dunne. He answered the open challenge made by WCPW World Champion Joseph Conners in the opening match of Loaded episode 8 in which he lost, ending his winning streak. He faced Travis Banks at Loaded episode 10 with Martin Kirby handcuffed to the ring ropes on the outside, in which he lost after Martin Kirby spat water into his eyes. At WCPW's first iPPV Refuse to Lose, he faced Alberto El Patron and Travis Banks in a triple threat match to become the inaugural WCPW Internet Champion in which he won. At WCPW True Legacy, Ligero successfully defended the belt against Pete Dunne, only to be attacked by Dunne's new partner, Travis Banks, forming the Strong Style Collective. They challenged Ligero to a Qualifier for the Adam Pacitti Tag Team Tournament, which had Alberto El Patron run in as his tag team partner. In the end, Ligero and Patron were defeated by the Strong Style Collective.

On November 30, 2016, at the iPPV Delete:WCPW, Ligero lost the title to Cody Rhodes.

On January 30, 2017 Ligero unsuccessful at winning the ROH World Championship against Adam Cole. On February 12, at WCPW True Destiny Ligero was involved in the Tag Team Ladder Match as he teamed with Gabriel Kidd as they were defeated by The Swords Of Essex (Scott Wainwright & Will Ospreay) also involved in the match was Johnny Moss & Liam Slater and Prospect (Alex Gracie & Lucas Archer). On March 21, at WCPW Pro Wrestling World Cup - English Qualifying Round Ligero unsuccessful at winning the ROH World Championship against Christopher Daniels.

World of Sport Wrestling (2016–present)[edit]

On October 20, 2016, it was announced that Ligero would take part at the taping of the British professional wrestling promotion World of Sport Wrestling[9]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • 3 Count Wrestling
    • 3CW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Anglian Championship Wrestling
    • ACW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[10]
  • Attack! Pro Wrestling
  • British Hybrid Wrestling
    • BHW Championship (1 time)
  • British Real Attitude Wrestling League
    • BRAWL Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
  • Gerry Norton Promotions
    • GNP Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Cameron Kraze
  • Infinite Promotions
    • Infinite Promotions Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bubblegum
    • Infinite Promotions Tag Team Championship Tournament – with Bubblegum
  • New Breed Wrestling Association
    • NBWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • New Generation Wrestling
    • NGW Undisputed Championship (1 time)
    • NGW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Dara Diablo
    • Winner Of The Goole Trophy (1 time)
  • North East Wrestling Society
    • NEWS British Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Northern Wrestling League
    • NWL Elite Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bubblegum
  • Norton British Wrestling
    • NBW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
  • One Pro Wrestling
  • Power Trip Wrestling
    • PTW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Premier British Wrestling
    • PBW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • King of Cruisers (2010)[13]
  • Preston City Wrestling
    • PCW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
  • PROGRESS Wrestling
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #410 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2015[14]
  • Real Deal Wrestling
    • RDW European Championship (1 time)
    • RDW Lightweight Championship (1 time)
    • RDW Lincolnshire Regional Championship (1 time)
    • RDW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Martin Kirby
    • Blitz League (2008)
    • Money in the Bank (2008)
  • SAS Wrestling
  • Southside Wrestling Entertainment
  • Tidal Championship Wrestling
    • TCW Championship (1 time)
  • Triple X Wrestling
    • TWX Ax Championship (1 time)
    • TWX Crush Championship (1 time)
  • WhatCulture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Internet Championship (1 time)
  • XWA

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
El Ligero (mask) Martin Kirby (pride) Newcastle upon Tyne, England WCPW Built To Destroy June 16, 2016 Kirby lost therefore he had to wear a dress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philip Kreikenbohm. "ElLigero Ligero". Cagematch.net. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Philip Kreikenbohm. "Matches « El Ligero « Wrestlers Database". Cagematch.net. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  4. ^ Philip Kreikenbohm. "ICW Zero-G Title Tournament". Cagematch.net. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  5. ^ Philip Kreikenbohm. "NOAH European Navigation 2008". Cagematch.net. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  6. ^ Martin Bean. "El Ligero". Prestoncitywrestling.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  7. ^ "Results". PROGRESS Wrestling. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  8. ^ Martin Bean. "El Ligero". Altwrestling.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  9. ^ "World of Sport Wrestling to return to ITV". 20 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Anglian Championship Wrestling Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  11. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=169958
  12. ^ "1-Pro Wrestling 2007 Results". 1pwonline.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  13. ^ Martin Bean. "PBW King of Cruisers History". Pbwwrestling.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  14. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2015". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "X Wrestling Alliance Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 

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