Dante Chen
Birth nameSean Tan Li Hao
Born (1996-01-20) January 20, 1996 (age 26)
Singapore
Alma materITE College West[1]
Republic Polytechnic[1]
Ring name(s)Dante Chen[2]
Kaiser Trexxus
Trexxus[1]
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Billed weight197 lb (89 kg)[1]
Billed fromSingapore
Trained bySingapore Pro Wrestling[1]
WWE Performance Center[1][2]
DebutFebruary 2013

Sean Tan Li Hao (born January 20, 1996) is a Singaporean professional wrestler. He is currently signed to the American professional wrestling promotion WWE where he performs on the NXT 2.0 brand, under the ring name Dante Chen. He is best known for being the first Singaporean and Southeast Asian wrestler to work for WWE.[3]

Early life

Tan was born in Singapore on January 20, 1996.[4] As a child, he was introduced to professional wrestling through the WWE video games, by his elder brother. After becoming a fan of the games he would begin to watch WWE, and eventually fall in love with professional wrestling.[5] Tan wanted to become the first Singaporean professional wrestler but was shocked to find out that Andruew Tang had already claimed this title. After running into Tang at a gym, he would learn of Singapore Pro Wrestling and would eventually join as a trainee in 2013.[6] At first, Tan's parents were not supportive of his wrestling desire as they believed it was violent, however after learning of Tan's success they eventually became supportive.[7] He studied business at ITE College West, and subsequently studied for a diploma in health management and promotion at Republic Polytechnic in 2020.[1][3]

Professional wrestling career

Singapore Pro Wrestling (2013-2021)

Tan joined Singapore Pro Wrestling (SPW) in January 2013, as a trainee[8] after running into SPW founder Andruew Tang at a gym.[6] Tan debuted under the ring name Trexxus in February after just 4 weeks of training, earning him the national record for the fastest debut.[3] Trexxus would hold that record for over 9 years until it was beaten by Varun Khanna in 2022.[9] Eventually, he teamed with "The Statement" Andruew Tang, forming a tag team known as Onslaught, where the duo would win the inaugural SPW Tag Team Championship.[10] The duo would be joined by Destroyer Dharma, who become an ally of Trexxus.[11] In 2017, tensions would rise with his tag team partner, Tang. The two faced each other in January, and Tang lost his SPW Southeast Asian Championship to Trexxus at SPW Unchained In Changi, becoming the youngest ever SPW SEA Champion, at just 21 years old.[12][2] He held the title for 378 days, defending it against the likes of Tang, Masa Takanashi and Terry Diesel.[13] In February of 2018, Trexxus faced Lokomotiv, however the match ended in DQ after Trexxus used his title belt to strike Lokomotiv. GM Carl Hella restarted the match, but this time it was a chairs match, which resulted in Lokomotiv defeating Trexxus, to win his SEA championship.[14] In 2018, Trexxus would team with Tang and Aiden Rex to defeat the trio of Pete Dunne, Wolfgang and Mark Davis in a 3 on 3 match.[15] In 2019, he would take part in a 6-man tag team match alongside Tang, and Da Butcherman where they would face Cima, Shaolin Monk and world-renowned wrestler, Kenny Omega.[16][17] In his final years in SPW, he chased the SPW SEA Championship many times, participating in rivalries with Aiden Rex and The Statement.[18] In February of 2020, Trexxus faced Aiden Rex in his final live SPW match.[19] In May 2021, at SPW Prove #5, Trexxus wrestled his final match in SPW in a SPW Southeast Asian Title vs Career Match against The Statement,[20] where he was ultimately defeated after a long and grueling match, officially exiting the promotion after nearly 9 years.[21]

WWE NXT (2021-present)

In 2019, Tan was invited for WWE tryouts in Shanghai, alongside Andruew Tang, and Alexis Lee.[8][22] During the tryout Tan would appear of WWE social media, stating he wanted to one day be a WWE Hall of Famer.[23] He was recruited immediately after the tryouts,[1] but only went to Orlando, Florida in April 2021 after he had completed his studies and a delay due to COVID-19 pandemic.[1][3][8]

Tan debuted on 22 September 2021 on the NXT brand under the ring name "Dante Chen", winning his first match against Trey Baxter on the newly renamed show, NXT 2.0 .[2] Dante Chen debuted on the 205 Live brand on 1 October 2021, winning his first match on the show and second in WWE, against Malik Blade.[24] Chen was absent from WWE television for 4 months due to a leg injury and his father's passing.[25] After returning in 2022, Chen was attacked by Australian wrestler, Duke Hudson.[26] Chen would feud with Hudson during the first months of 2022,[27] ultimately losing in their singles match.[28] Chen made his debut on NXT Level Up, against Javier Bernal in March 2022.[29] Chen continued on NXT Level Up, participating in a feud with Bodhi Hayward, where he would win the first match in March, and lose the second in April.[30][31] Over the course of April and May, Chen would lose six matches in a row, to various wrestlers including, Xyon Quinn and Sanga.[32] In an effort to win, Chen would form a tag team with Javier Bernal in May, however the duo would lose all three of their tag matches, extending his losing streak to nine in a row.[33][34] On the July 8 edition of NXT Level Up, he defeated Myles Borne, ending his losing streak .[35] However, Chen lost to the debuting Axiom the following week.[36] Despite this, on the August 5, 2022 episode of NXT Level Up, Chen would team up with Guru Raaj against Bryson Montana and Damaris Griffin, where he would pick up his first tag team victory in NXT.[37]

Personal life

Tan's favorite wrestler is Shawn Michaels, and people used to refer to him as "Sean Michaels" after he would introduce himself. Tan says he does not have a specific dream match, instead his dream match is any match for a championship and his current goal is to become a champion in NXT.[38][39] Tan has said he wishes to face The Miz.[40]

Tan's father, Patrick Tan passed away peacefully on 8 November 2021, resulting in Tan taking an absence from WWE television.[25][41]

Tan was unable to wrestle from 2013 to 2015 due to his national service commitments to Singapore, where he would serve in the Singapore Armed Forces for two years.[7]

Tan lived in Singapore for 25 years until in 2021. He would move to Orlando, Florida after being signed by the WWE.[42]

Championships and accomplishments

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