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Daniel Lyon (born May 23, 1975), better known by his ring name Super Dragon, is an Americanmarker former professional wrestler. Beginning his career in 1997, he has competed in companies such as All Pro Wrestling, Revolution Pro, and Combat Zone Wrestling. Dragon is also one of the six owners of the Southern California based promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.

Professional wrestling career

Early career and Revolution Pro Wrestling

Super Dragon's started training in 1996 in WPW's wrestling school. He had his first match in 1997 against Tiger Joe. Super Dragon became friends with Blitzkrieg, who during a tour of Mexico became noticed by wrestlers backstage. After this Blitzkrieg and Super Dragon were granted a dark match for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) with the help of American Wild Child, who was friends with Konnan. He joined Revolution Pro Wrestling in 1999 and was part of the New Generation that hit Revolution Pro along with Disco Machine, TARO, Excalibur and Shogun. His first real peak was defeating by B-Boy to win the Rev J in 2001. During this time Dragon, along with other Rev Pro stars were featured on a few Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW) shows. On October 25, 2002, at Pride of the Mask 2, Super Dragon and Shogun defeated TARO and El Gallinero Tres in a tag team match, with the stipulation being that the two winners would later face each other in a Mask vs. Mask match. Super Dragon beat Shogun and claimed his mask. Throughout his Revolution Pro Wrestling run, Dragon changed his wrestling style from high flying to brawling and his attire from various bright colors to darker colors. His feud with TARO was especially a heated one. After nearly a five year battle the feud culminated in a Mask vs. Mask match at Revolution Pro Wrestling's fourth anniversary show on November 11, 2003. Dragon defeated TARO, who after the match unmasked, announced his retirement and embraced Super Dragon.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla

In May 2003 Super Dragon along with Disco Machine, Excalibur, Joey Ryan, Scott Lost and Top Gun Talwar, collectively known as the "PWG Six", founded Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, SoCal's largest wrestling promotion. At PWG's debut show on July 26, 2003, he defeated M-Dogg 20. The next two PWG shows featured the Badass Mother 3000 tournament to determine the first PWG Champion. Super Dragon got to the semifinals, but was then eliminated by Joey Ryan.

Super Dragon was one of the original members of the S.B.S. faction along with Disco Machine and Excalibur. At PWG...The Musical, held on April 17, 2004, Dragon and Excalibur won the PWG tag team titles from Chris Bosh and Quicksilver. They became the first team to successfully defend the titles, but later lost them to the X Foundation of Joey Ryan and Scott Lost. On November 13, 2004, at Free Admission (Just Kidding), Super Dragon beat Frankie Kazarian to win the PWG Championship. He defended the title against Samoa Joe, Homicide, Kevin Steen and others, and finally lost it to A.J. Styles on April 2, 2005, at All Star Weekend - Night Two.

On December 18, 2004, at Uncanny X-Mas after Dragon's match with Jonny Storm, a second Super Dragon came to the ring and attacked the real Super Dragon by delivering him some of his signature moves. This man attacked again on February 12, 2005, at All Nude Review, and on May 13, 2005, at Jason Takes PWG Excalibur turned on Dragon, revealed himself as the mastermind of the attacks and then defeated him in a Guerrilla Warfare match with help from Kevin Steen, who revealed himself as the second Super Dragon. This began a feud between Steen and Dragon. On June 11, 2005, at Guitarmageddon Super Dragon teamed up with his S.B.S. partner Disco Machine to take on the team of Kevin Steen and Excalibur. In the end Disco Machine also turned on Dragon and aligned himself with Steen and Excalibur as the new S.B.S. During his feud with the S.B.S. on October 1, 2005, Super Dragon was forced to team with Davey Richards to challenge for the tag team titles against El Generico and Human Tornado, known as the "2 Skinny Black Guys", at After School Special. Working well together as a team, Dragon and Richards managed to win the titles. On December 3, 2005, at Chanukah Chaos (The C's Are Silent), after Dragon had gotten a small measure of revenge on Excalibur and Disco Machine by defeating them in a tag team title match, he attacked the PWG Champion Kevin Steen during his title match with Joey Ryan and gave him two Psycho Drivers, causing him to lose the title. The feud ended on December 16, 2005, at Astonishing X-Mas in a Guerrilla Warfare match, in which Super Dragon came out victorious.

Super Dragon and Davey Richards continued their tag title reign defeating teams such as Cape Fear (El Generico and Quicksilver), Los Luchas (Zokre and Phoenix Star), Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli), Roderick Strong and Jack Evans, and A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels. On May 20, 2006, however, Arrogance, the team of Scott Lost and Chris Bosh, defeated them for the titles at Enchantment Under The Sea.

Super Dragon returned to PWG on September 2 as a participant in the Battle of Los Angeles tournament. On the first night, he defeated Necro Butcher, and on the second, he defeated Frankie Kazarian and Jack Evans. He advanced to the finals, but was unable to compete due to injuries he sustained the previous night. Davey Richards would go on to win the tournament, but instead of wanting a World title shot, he wanted a rematch for the tag titles. The match was set to take place on October 6 at Self-Titled, but a conflict prevented Richards from being at the show. Instead of waiting for Richards to return, Super Dragon chose B-Boy as his partner and they went on to defeat Chris Bosh and Scott Lost for the championship. On November 17, 2006, Richards won the PWG World Tag Team Championship for a second time, teaming up with Roderick Strong to defeat the champions, B-Boy and Super Dragon. The next night, in the main event of the show, the duo lost the belts back to the men they'd won them from in a 4-way match which also included the Kings of Wrestling, as well as the team of Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin. Dragon won the match for his team by pinning Richards after a Psycho Driver. Less than a month later on December 2, 2006, at Passive Hostility Dragon and B-Boy lost the tag team titles to Cape Fear, and split afterwards as a tag team.

Since then, Dragon suffered defeats at the hands of newcomer Ronin in a singles match, and a pinfall by Los Luchas in a tag team match. Soon after that Dragon broke his ankle and eventually made his return on April 8, 2007, at All Star Weekend V - Night Two during a match between Arrogance and Roderick Strong and Jack Evans when he and Davey Richards came out and attacked everyone and announced that Super Dragon would be Davey's partner for the upcoming Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament. On May 20, 2007, however, the first night of the tournament, the reuniting Super Dragon and Davey Richards lost in the first round to the makeshift team of Roderick Strong and PAC, who would go on the win the whole tournament.

On October 27, 2007, Night 2 of PWG's European Vacation II Dragon and Davey Richards were able to defeat Kevin Steen and El Generico for the PWG World Tag Team Championships giving Richards his third and Dragon his fifth reign, with this being their second reign as a team. On the first weekend of January 2008 PWG held its sixth All Star Weekend, during which Dragon was scheduled to take on Susumu Yokosuka on the first night and TARO on the second night in a special "Return Grudge Match". Dragon, who had gained massive amounts of weight, took himself out of the Yokosuka match and replaced himself with CIMA and the next night defeated TARO in a lackluster match. On January 27, 2008, at Pearl Habra Super Dragon was stripped of his tag team titles after Richards no-showed the event.

After taking two months off Super Dragon returned to PWG on March 21, 2008, at 1.21 Gigawatts by attacking Jade Chung and giving her a Psycho Driver during a tag team match between the Dynasty (Joey Ryan and Scott Lost) and Kevin Steen and El Generico. On April 5, 2008, at It's a Gift...and a Curse Super Dragon continued his feud with the Dynasty by first attacking Scott Lost after his match with Claudio Castagnoli and then by brawling with Joey Ryan all over the building culminating in him giving Ryan a Psycho Driver off the stage through a table.

On May 17, 2008, Dragon and Richards teamed up once more for 2008's DDT4 tournament, losing to Generico and Steen in the first round in a tag team title match. During the match, Dragon received a concussion and has not wrestled a match since.

Combat Zone Wrestling

Super Dragon started wrestling for Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) in 2002 at Best of the Best 2 against long time rival B-Boy. When he returned in 2004, he wrestled many tag team matches with partner Excalibur, and challenged Chris Hero for the Iron Man championship. In 2005, he was involved in a feud against BLKOUT. At Cage of Death 7, Dragon beat Ruckus for the CZW World Heavyweight Championship. This win made Super Dragon the first masked wrestler to hold the title. During the match, he gave BLKOUT manager Robbie Merino, who had already been injured previously by Super Dragon, a Curb Stomp onto the stage. At the next show, An Afternoon of Main Events, Dragon teamed with the Kings of Wrestling (who were also feuding with BLKOUT) in a six man tag team match against BLKOUT, which they lost. Super Dragon lost the title back to Ruckus in February 2006 in a match also involving Kevin Steen.

Ring of Honor

The first time Super Dragon appeared in Ring of Honor (ROH) was at Do or Die II on March 13, 2004, when he defeated Excalibur in a try-out match. He would reappear two years later in 2006 as a part of CZW, during the ROH/CZW feud. Dragon made his return to the company on March 11, 2006, at Arena Warfare by attacking B.J. Whitmer during his match with Necro Butcher. The show ended with the CZW wrestlers taking over the ring and attacking Whitmer and other ROH wrestlers. On April 22, 2006, at The 100th Show, Dragon was a part of Team CZW along with Chris Hero and Necro Butcher as they defeated Team ROH of Samoa Joe, Whitmer, and Adam Pearce when Claudio Castagnoli turned on his ROH team mates. This match saw Dragon hit a Psycho Driver on Whitmer from the apron to the floor through a table. On April 29, 2006, at Weekend of Champions: Night Two Dragon lost to Whitmer when Whitmer gave him an exploder superplex through a table on the floor. Dragon left the promotion shortly afterwards.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
*Barry White Driver (Gory special flipped forward into a piledriver) – innovated
*Dragon Bomb (Sitout double underhook superbomb)
*Ganso superbomb
*Psycho Driver / Psycho Driver 2000 (Backbreaker rack dropped into a piledriver, sometimes from the second or top rope)
*Psycho Driver II / Supernatural Driver (Pumphandle piledriver)
*Psycho Driver III (Cut–throat backbreaker rack dropped into a piledriver)
*Psycho Driver IV (Arm clutch fisherman driver)
*Violence Party (Multiple backhand chops and forearm strikes to a cornered opponent, followed into headbutts, football kicks, knee strikes, shoot kicks and then finished with a lariat or an axe kick)


  • Signature moves
*Badunkadunk (Diving senton)
*Cross armbar
*Curb Stomp (Standing inverted Indian deathlock surfboard followed into a head stomp) – innovated
*Discus lariat
*Dragon's Fire (Spin–out powerbomb, sometimes from the top rope)
*Dragon suplex
*Dragon Twister (450° splash, sometimes while performing a corkscrew)
*Inverted facelock neckbreaker
*Rolling wheel kick, sometimes to a cornered opponent
*Somersault topé through the second and top ropes
*Standing or a diving double foot stomp, sometimes to an opponent's head
*STF
*Turnbuckle powerbomb
*UFO (Springboard spinning wheel kick to the back of an opponent's head)


*Finishing moves
:*Super Curb Stomp (Hero holds the opponent in a reverse Indian deathlock while Castagnoli holds the same opponent in a surfboard followed by Dragon hitting a diving double foot stomp to the locked in opponent)


*Finishing moves
:*Powerbomb / Double knee backbreaker combination
:*Spike DR Driver II (Spike double underhook brainbuster)


*Signature moves
:*Richards holds the opponent in an Indian deathlock surfboard followed by Dragon hitting a diving double foot stomp to the back of the trapped opponent
:*Simultaneous diving double foot stomp to an opponent's head (Dragon) / Standing shooting star press (Richards) combination


*"Shadowboxin'" by GZA and Method Man
*"Gangsta Gangsta" by N.W.A
*"Earth People" by Dr. Octagon
*"Epic" by Faith No More
*"Rockets on the Battlefield" by Black Elvis


Championships and accomplishments

*APW Internet Championship (2 times)


*CZW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


*PWG Championship (1 time)
*PWG World Tag Team Championship (5 times) – B-Boy (2), Excalibur (1) and Davey Richards (2)


  • Revolution Pro Wrestling
*Rev-Pro Lucha Libre Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*Rev-Pro Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
*Rev-Pro Pride of the Mask Championship (2 times)
*Revolution J Tournament (2001)


  • SoCal UNCENSORED Awards
*SoCal Wrestler of the Year (2001, 2003, 2004)
*Match of the Year (2001) vs. B-Boy, November 3, Midwest Pro Wrestling
*Match of the Year (2002) vs. Bobby Quance, December 14, Goldenstate Championship Wrestling
*Match of the Year (2003) with B-Boy vs. Jardi Frantz and Bobby Quance, March 29, Goldenstate Championship Wrestling
*Match of the Year (2004) vs. Joey Ryan, October 23, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
*Match of the Year (2006) with Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong and Jack Evans, March 4, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla


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