5 things you need to know about Gran Metalik
Gran Metalik, the luchador formerly known as Máscara Dorada, is currently competing in the Cruiserweight Classic and recently signed a full-time contract with the WWE.
Fans will be excited with his signing, especially after his impressive first round match in the CWC against Chilean wrestler Alejandro Saez. Metalik showed that he’s a luchador of the highest ccalibre, pulling off some high-flying moves in the match and he finished Saez off with a devastating looking Michinoku Driver.
#5 CMLL & New Japan
Born in Guadalajara, Gran Metalik is the most accomplished luchador taking part in this year’s Cruiserweight Classic. He made his professional debut in 2005 for Mexican promotion, CMLL, the oldest wrestling promotion in the world.
He faced a number of big stars early into his wrestling career like Ultimo Dragon and Alberto Del Rio and went on to have a successful career in Mexico.
In 2010, Metalik dipped his toe into the Japanese wrestling scene when he took part in NJPW’s first ever Super J tag-team tournament along with fellow luchador Valiente. He continued to wrestle for NJPW till the end of 2015.
His time in NJPW was underwhelming and it often looked like bookers didn’t have any concrete plans for him. The highest point of his NJPW career was when he challenged unsuccessfully for Kenny Omega’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.