El Ligero
El Ligero at Smash.jpg
El Ligero in 2016
Birth nameSimon Musk
Born (1985-07-01) 1 July 1985 (age 36)[1]
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)El Ligero
El Ligero Kraze
Elf Ligero
Faceless #3
Ligero
Negras Ligero
Prestige El Ligero
Regular El Ligero[1]
Billed height5-ft 8 in[2]
Billed weight160 lb (73 kg)[2]
Billed fromLeeds, England[2]
Los Sanchos, Mexico[3]
Trained byAlan Johnson
Johnny Moss
Debut9 February 2002

Simon Musk (born 7 January 1985) is an English professional wrestler better known under his in-ring persona of masked Mexican luchador, Le Ligero (or simply Ligero). He is most known for his time in WWE, on their NXT UK brand.

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2002–2018)

El Ligero has been a professional wrestler since February 2002.

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 20 October 2016, it was announced that Ligero would take part at the taping of the British professional wrestling promotion World of Sport Wrestling.[5] He only made one appearance for World of Sport, on the inaugural show on 1 November 2016, where he won a singles match against Zack Gibson and later that night competed in a battle royal.[6]

Pro Wrestling Noah (2008)

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.[7]

Preston City Wrestling (2011–2016)

In August 2011, Ligero appeared on the inaugural Preston City Wrestling (PCW) 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 would continue to make appearances in PCW over the next several years. His run there included a singles match against future WWE star Akira Tozawa on 2 June 2012, which Ligero won.

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.[8] He subsequently failed to regain the title from Bubblegum in a four way dance also including Danny Hope and Joey Hayes, and left the promotion shortly afterwards.

Progress Wrestling (2012–2019)

Ligero appeared on the debut show for England-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.[9] He dropped the title to Rampage Brown at Chapter Eight and disappeared from the promotion. He would make sporadic returns through 2019.

WWE (2018–2020)

On 16 May 2018 it was revealed that El Ligero, wrestling under the ring name Ligero, would be one of 16 men competing in a one-night tournament to face Pete Dunne for the WWE United Kingdom Championship. He would lose to Travis Banks in the first round. Over Instagram, Ligero revealed he signed a UK deal with WWE.[10] On 24 October edition of NXT UK, he would take on "Wild Boar" Mike Hitchman in a winning effort. At the January 2019 tapings, he won both his matches, one of which was against Mark Andrews. At the February tapings Ligero defeated Joseph Conners.[11] At the WWE Worlds Collide that was filmed over WrestleMania 35 weekend, he defeated NXT's Albert Hardie Jr. and 205 Live's Gran Metalik in a triple threat match.[12] On 14 May, he debuted on the Cruiserweight brand 205 Live, in a match against WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese.[13] He would lose the match, and be attacked by Nese's rival Ariya Daivari after the match.[14]

Sexual assault allegations

As part of the Speaking Out movement, Ligero was accused of indecent assault, sending inappropriate messages, and engaging in inappropriate conduct. While he denied the indecent assault allegation, he admitted that he did send inappropriate messages and engaged in inappropriate conduct. The NXT UK Women’s Champion at the time Kay Lee Ray responded to the admission with a scathing reply[15] Ligero would be released by Progress Wrestling and WWE following the allegations and his profile was also deleted from WWE.com.[16][17]

Championships and accomplishments

1Defeated Martin Kirby at Build to Destroy (2017) to win the Magnificent 7 (2017) Briefcase.

Luchas de Apuestas record

See also: Luchas de Apuestas

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

References

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