Following his appearance at the final night of World Tag League, Dragon Lee will be sticking around NJPW for at least the next year.
According to Voices of Wrestling, Dragon Lee has signed a one-year deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Lee appeared on the video screen at World Tag League on Dec. 8, announcing he had changed his name to Ryu Lee -- Ryu means Dragon in Japanese -- and issued a challenge to Jushin "Thunder" Liger for Wrestle Kingdom 14. Liger teased adding Hiromu Takahashi to match to make it a triple threat bout.
Ryu Lee is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. He left CMLL in September along with RUSH. CMLL reportedly was forcing promotions to choose between its talent and RUSH & Lee. NJPW does have a working relationship with CMLL and CMLL reportedly got NJPW to pull Lee from World Tag League. Titan & Volador Jr were the CMLL representatives in NJPW World Tag League 2019.
It is unclear how Lee signing with NJPW will affect NJPW's relationship with CMLL. Fightful will provide more details as they are known.