Dragon Lee has signed a contract with WWE.
Following a tag team match featuring Lee and Dralistico teaming up to face off against FTR at Wednesday’s AAA Noche De Campeones event, the AAA wrestler grabbed a microphone and cut a promo to announce that he’s heading to WWE. ESPN is reporting that Lee will be starting with WWE in January. He’s expected to begin on the NXT brand.
At Wednesday’s AAA Noche De Campeones event, Lee and Dralistico defeated FTR to capture the AAA World Tag Team Championships. This means Lee will be leaving the company as a champion.
Both Lee and Dralistico received WWE tryouts following their appearance on AEW Dynamite back in August. Lee told ESPN the following:
“I think I can become the new Rey Mysterio in WWE. I just need the opportunity. [Finn Balor] told me, ‘Would you like to be in WWE?’ [laughs]. I said, ‘Yeah, sure. Why not?’ … It was something special for me. It’s my challenge to learn more about promos. You will never finish learning in pro wrestling. But every time you wrestle, you learn. But about promos, it’s something new for me. I would like to learn something new, how to become not just a wrestler — an artist.”
Dave Meltzer addressed Lee’s signing on Wrestling Observer Radio where he revealed that the deal was made about two weeks ago and the luchador was asked to keep it under wraps for obvious reasons. Meltzer said,
Lee is a former ROH Television and ROH World Tag Team Champion. He’s also held the World Welterweight and Lightweight Championships in CMLL. Lee also had a reign as IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
Dragon Lee may be less than a week into his WWE contract, but the new signing is believed to be the highest earner in NXT.
Lee announced his signing with WWE after he and Dralistico dethroned FTR as AAA World Tag Team Champions, and the titles have since been vacated.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dragon Lee’s deal is believed to be the highest in NXT now that Mandy Rose is gone.
“The belief is that he would be the highest-paid NXT wrestler now that Mandy Rose is no longer working with the brand. It’s a three-year deal and does call for pay increases with each year, but the hope and certainly the feeling he was given is he would have a main roster contract and be brought up in 2024.”
WWE contracts have a confidentiality clause in that the talent and their representatives are not allowed to reveal the dollar amount of each deal.