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Máscara Dorada
A masked professional westler in the ring, wearing a black mask and black body suit, both with gold markings
Metalik in December 2010
Born (1988-11-03) November 3, 1988 (age 31)[1]
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico[1][2]
Children3[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
  • Gran Metalik[4]
  • Máscara Dorada
  • Metalik[5]
  • Plata II[6]
Billed height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Billed weight79 kg (174 lb)[7]
Billed from
  • Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico[4]
  • Mexico[7]
Trained by
DebutJuly 14, 2005[1]

Máscara Dorada (born November 3, 1988) is a Mexican luchador enmascarado (masked professional wrestler) currently working for WWE under the ring name Gran Metalik, performing on their SmackDown brand. He is best known for his decade-long stint in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Dorada's real name has not been officially documented, a tradition in Mexican lucha libre where masked wrestlers' real names often are not a matter of public record.[8] The wrestler currently known as Gran Metalik made his debut in 2005 and has worked under other names, but achieved most success as Máscara Dorada, Spanish for "Golden Mask". In WWE he is part of a luchador trio consisting of himself, Lince Dorado, and Kalisto known as the Lucha House Party.

At one time, Dorada was a quadruple CMLL champion, holding the Mexican National Trios Championship, the CMLL World Trios Championship, the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship and the CMLL World Welterweight Championship at the same time. He has held the CMLL World Welterweight Championship four times in total. After a decade of working for CMLL in his native Mexico, Dorada worked full-time for the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) from January 2015 until returning to CMLL a year later in February 2016.

He made his in-ring debut in 2005, originally using the masked persona Plata II. He later used the ring name Metalik, holding the local Occidente Welterweight Championship, but abandoned the championship when he adopted the Máscara Dorada character. The "Máscara Dorada" ring character was the first instance of a regular luchador being given a character based on a Mini-Estrella as he was introduced after CMLL introduced Mascarita Dorada in 2007.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2005–2016)[edit]

The luchador who would later be known as Máscara Dorada made his professional wrestling debut on July 14, 2005,[1] after training with Gran Cochisse and El Satánico.[2] His initial ring persona was that of Plata II,[6] a copy of the original Plata that wrestled in the early to mid-1990s.[9] His run as Plata II was short lived as he was quickly repackaged as Metalik, a variation of the "metal-based" look that he had used as "Plata II".[5] As Metalik he worked mainly for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre's (CMLL; Spanish for "World Wrestling Council") Guadalajara branch, getting experience while working on a local level. On April 13, 2008 the CMLL bookers had Metalik defeat El Depredador to become the Occidente Welterweight Champion.[10] About a month later, Metalik won his first ever Luchas de Apuestas match, winning the hair of Jeque.[10] Metalik was entered in the 2008 Torneo Gran Alternativa, where a newcomer teams up with a veteran, and he teamed up with Dos Caras Jr. to make it to the finals before losing to Último Guerrero and Dragón Rojo Jr.[11]

Máscara Dorada (2005–2016)[edit]

In 2007, CMLL signed Mascarita Sagrada 2000 but were not allowed to call him that as a rival promotion owned the copyright to the name. Instead CMLL chose to repackage the mini luchador as Mascarita Dorada. The gimmick and the wrestler proved so successful, that in the fall of 2008, CMLL announced that they were creating a "large" version of Mascarita Dorada. Traditionally the minis were often patterned after existing Luchadors,[12] but this time the mini was created before the "regular sized" luchador.[13] On November 7, 2008 Metalik was repackaged and made his debut as Máscara Dorada ("Golden Mask"), helping his team defeat the trio of Averno, Mephisto, and Ephesto.[13] CMLL stripped Rocky Romero of the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship and announced that a tournament to crown the new champion would take place on April 7, 2009.[14] On the night Máscara Dorada won a Tornero Cibernetico outlasting nine other wrestlers to become the CMLL Super Lightweight Champion.[15] Since he held a CMLL title, Dorada was entered into CMLL's inaugural "Universal Championship" tournament but was eliminated in the first round by Black Warrior.[16] On December 19, 2009 it was announced by the Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. that Poder Mexica (Black Warrior, Sangre Azteca, and Dragón Rojo Jr.) had been stripped of the Mexican National Trios Championship because Black Warrior had left CMLL. At the same time, they announced an eight-team tournament to crown a new trios champion. The top half of the bracket took place on December 22, 2009, and the bottom half of the bracket took place on December 29. In the top bracket Máscara Dorada teamed with Stuka Jr. and Metro for the first time and defeated Los Guerreros Tuareg (Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max and Skándalo) in the first round and Los Cancerberos del Infierno (Virus, Euforia and Pólvora) in the second round to qualify for the finals.[17] The bottom bracket took place on December 29, 2009, and the team of the new Poder Mexica (Sangre Azteca, Dragón Rojo Jr. and Misterioso Jr.) qualified for the final.[18]

A masked professional wrestler in the ring, wearing a black mask and black body suit, both with gold markings
Dorada at Arena Coliseo de Monterrey in 2010

Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. and Metro defeated Poder Mexica in the finals of the tournament to become the new Mexican National Trios Champions, making Dorada a double champion.[19] Later that month Máscara Dorada teamed up with Atlantis to participate in CMLL's Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles ("National Amazing Pairs tournament"), a tournament where CMLL teams up a Tecnico (Dorada) and a Rudo (Atlantis) for a tournament. The two defeated Dragón Rojo and La Sombra in the opening round, Mr. Niebla and Máximo in the second round and Místico and Averno in the semi-final to earn a spot in the final of the tournament. During the tournament Atlantis wore his old Tecnico white mask, acting and wrestling a tecnico style.[20] Dorada and Atlantis defeated Negro Casas and La Máscara in the finals two weeks later to win the tournament.[21]

On May 14, 2010, Máscara Dorada teamed up with La Sombra and La Máscara to defeat the then CMLL World Trios Champions La Ola Amarilla (Hiroshi Tanahashi, Okumura and Taichi) in a non-title match to earn a shot at the titles the following week.[22] One week later the trio defeated Ola Amarilla again, ending the Japanese trios title reign after just two weeks.[23] By virtue of holding three CMLL championships, Máscara Dorada participated in the 2010 Universal Championship tournament. Stuka Jr. was part of "Block A" that competed on the July 30, 2010 Super Viernes show. He was the first wrestler eliminated in the seeding battle royal and then defeated his Mexican National Trios Championship partner Stuka Jr. in the first round of the actual tournament. Máscara Dorada was eliminated in the second round, losing to Último Guerrero.[24] On September 7, 2010 Dorada defeated Negro Casas to win the CMLL World Welterweight Championship, making him a quadruple CMLL champion, the first ever in the history of the promotion.[25] On November 18, 2010, Dorada announced that he was relinquishing his hold of the Mexican National Trios Championship, which Metro and Stuka Jr. would continue to hold with a new partner.[26]

Máscara Dorada's reign as CMLL World Welterweight Champion ended during the 2011 Fantastica Mania, a CMLL and New Japan Pro Wrestling co–promoted event, as he lost to Ryusuke Taguchi.[27] A month later Máscara Dorada and Atlantis defeated Blue Panther and Dragón Rojo Jr. in the finals to win the Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles for the second year in a row.[28] On April 7 Dorada vacated the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship to move up to the middleweight division.[29] After Dorada returned from Japan with the CMLL World Welterweight Championship, La Generación Dorada lost the CMLL World Trios Championship to Los Hijos del Averno (Averno, Ephesto and Mephisto),[30] On November 11, 2012, Dorada lost the CMLL World Welterweight Championship to Pólvora during CMLL's Sunday night event in Arena Mexico.[31]

Dorada defeated Negro Casas to win the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship for the first time during the summer of 2013.[32] On June 16, Dorada and his new Los Estetas del Aire ("Air Aesthetes") stable, formed with Místico and Valiente, won the CMLL World Trios Championship.[33] Dorada's reign as the NWA World Historic Welterweight Champion ended in the fall of 2013 as he lost the championship to Volador Jr.[34] On March 28, 2014, Los Estetas del Aire also lost the CMLL World Trios Championship.[35]

In January 2015, Dorada defeated Negro Casas in the finals of a tournament to win the CMLL World Welterweight Championship for the third time.[36] Later in the month, through CMLL's relationship with NJPW, Dorada signed a one-year contract with NJPW, leaving his Mexican home promotion.[37] He returned to CMLL and had his first match in Mexico in over a year in February 2016. Three months after his return to CMLL Dorada's fourth reign as the CMLL World Welterweight Champion ended when Mephisto defeated him for the championship.[38] On November 11, 2016, Dorada wrestled his last match for CMLL, teaming with Atlantis and Diamante Azul to defeat Bárbaro Cavernario, El Felino and Negro Casas.[39]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2010–2016)[edit]

In May 2010 Máscara Dorada and Valiente traveled to Japan to participate in New Japan Pro Wrestling's first ever Super J Tag Team tournament, marking Máscara Dorada's Japanese debut.[40] In the first round of the tournament they lost to Ryusuke Taguchi and Prince Devitt in just under eight minutes.[41] In November 2010 Máscara Dorada and La Sombra took part in New Japan's five-day-long Super J Tag League. After winning two out of their four matches in the group stage, Sombra and Dorada finished third in their block, missing the finals of the tournament.[42] Dorada and Sombra returned to New Japan on January 4, 2011, at Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome, where they defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Héctor Garza in a tag team match.[43][44]

Dorada returned to New Japan on April of that year teaming with Tama Tonga to defeat Liger and King Fale in a tag team match.[45] Dorada worked a majority of the tour as a rudo, teaming with members of the Chaos stable.[46] At Wrestling Dontaku 2011, Dorada unsuccessfully challenged Liger for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship.[47] Dorada's extended tour of New Japan also included participation in the 2011 Best of the Super Juniors tournament in late May-early June. Dorada managed to win four out of his eight matches in the round robin stage of the tournament, which included wins over Liger and CMLL World Welterweight Champion Ryusuke Taguchi, and finished sixth out of the nine wrestlers in his block.[48][49][50] On June 18 at New Japan's Dominion 6.18 show, Dorada defeated Taguchi to regain the CMLL World Welterweight Championship.[51] Three days later Dorada entered the J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament, teaming with IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and KUSHIDA, with the team defeating Brian Kendrick, Gedo and Jado in their first round match.[52] The following day the trio was eliminated from the tournament in the second round by Giant Bernard, Jushin Thunder Liger and Karl Anderson.[53] Dorada's tour of New Japan ended the following day, when he, Tanahashi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tiger Mask and Wataru Inoue were defeated in a ten-man tag team match by Chaos (Dick Togo, Gedo, Jado, Masato Tanaka and Yujiro Takahashi).[54]

On January 4, 2012, Dorada returned to New Japan at Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome, where he teamed with Jushin Thunder Liger, KUSHIDA and Tiger Mask to defeat Atlantis, Taichi, Taka Michinoku and Valiente in an eight-man tag team match.[55] Dorada returned to Japan to take part in the Fantastica Mania 2012 events, teaming with Rush losing to the team of Hirooki Goto and KUSHIDA on the first night.[56] The second night, Dorada successfully defended the CMLL World Welterweight Championship against KUSHIDA.[57]

In January 2013, Dorada returned to Japan to take part in the three-day Fantastica Mania 2013 event. During the first night on January 18, he teamed with La Máscara and Máximo in a six-man tag team match, where they were defeated by Taichi, Taka Michinoku and Volador Jr.[58] The following night, Dorada and Diamante were defeated in a tag team match by Mephisto and Okumura.[59] During the third and final night, Dorada took part in a twelve-man torneo cibernetico, from which he was the eighth man eliminated by Yoshi-Hashi and which was eventually won by Tomohiro Ishii.[60] Dorada returned to New Japan on September 23, 2013, working the entire tour opposite the Bullet Club stable, which also included his fellow CMLL worker Rey Bucanero.[61] Dorada's tour concluded on September 29 at the Destruction pay-per-view, where he pinned Bucanero in an eight-man tag team match, where he teamed with Captain New Japan, Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma against Bucanero, Bad Luck Fale, Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga.[62][63] Dorada returned to Japan in January 2014, when he took part in the five-day Fantastica Mania 2014 tour.[64] The tour concluded on January 19 with a main event, where Dorada unsuccessfully challenged Volador Jr. for the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship.[65] From April to July 2014, Dorada worked an extended tour with New Japan, which included a two-day tour of Taiwan,[66][67] the Wrestling Dontaku 2014 tour,[68] the 2014 Best of the Super Juniors,[69] where he finished with a record of three wins and four losses and thus missed the semifinals of the tournament,[70] and the Kizuna Road 2014 tour.[71] On October 25, 2014, Dorada returned to NJPW, teaming up with Bushi for the 2014 Super Junior Tag Tournament. The team lost to reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) in the first round.[72] Dorada remained with NJPW until November 8.[73]

Full-time contract (2015–2016)[edit]

In January 2015, Dorada returned to Japan to take part in the Fantastica Mania 2015 tour, during which he and Atlantis won the Fantastica Mania 2015 Tag Tournament.[74] Dorada's participation in the tour was built around a rivalry with La Sombra, which culminated in a singles match between the two on January 19, where La Sombra was victorious. During the final event, Dorada announced he had signed a one-year contract with NJPW.[37] After doing interviews suggesting the unification of his CMLL World Welterweight Championship and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship,[75] Dorada entered the IWGP title picture by challenging reigning champion Kenny Omega on February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka.[76] He received his title shot at Invasion Attack 2015, but was defeated by Omega.[77][78] The following month, Dorada entered the 2015 Best of the Super Juniors.[79] He finished third in his block with a record of five wins and two losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament.[80] On December 19, Dorada lost the CMLL World Welterweight Championship to Bushi following outside interference from Bushi's Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemate Evil.[81] He regained the title from Bushi on January 22, 2016, at Fantastica Mania 2016.[82] Dorada's final match under his NJPW contract took place two days later.[83]

WWE[edit]

Cruiserweight Classic (2016–2017)[edit]

On June 13, 2016, WWE announced Dorada, under the ring name "Gran Metalik", as a participant in the upcoming Cruiserweight Classic tournament.[84] In a subsequent interview, he revealed that he was only working the Cruiserweight Classic matches with WWE and was still full-time with CMLL beyond that. He credited Finn Bálor, who worked as Prince Devitt in NJPW, as being the reason he was invited to the tournament. He wanted to use "Metalik" as his ring name but WWE decided to go with "Gran Metalik" instead.[85] The tournament began on June 23 with Metalik defeating Alejandro Saez in the first round match.[86] He later defeated Tajiri in the second round match.[87] The following day, it was reported that Metalik had signed full time with WWE.[88] On August 26, Metalik defeated Akira Tozawa to advance at the semifinals.[89] On the last day of the tournament, Metalik defeated Zack Sabre Jr. to advance to the finals, before finally losing to T.J. Perkins in the finals.[90] Following the tournament Gran Metalik began working in WWE's Cruiserweight division, appearing on both the Raw and 205 Live shows.[91] On September 19, Metalik worked his first match on the main roster, competing in a fatal four-way match, also involving The Brian Kendrick, Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann, to determine the number one contender for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Clash of Champions, which Kendrick won.[92]

On February 14, 2017, Metalik made his debut the 205 Live show defeating Drew Gulak.[93] In the fall Metalik competed in a number one contender's five-way elimination match for Neville's Cruiserweight Championship, but was the second person eliminated from the match.[94] On the Halloween night edition of 205 Live Gran Metalik was part of a "Halloween Fright Night Fatal Four Way" match that was won by Mustafa Ali.[95]

Lucha House Party (2017–present)[edit]

Three masked wrestlers, kneeling in celebration after a match.
Lucha House Party in the ring - Metalik (left), Kalisto (middle) and Lince Dorado (right)

WWE decided to have the three masked luchadors of the 205 Live roster, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado and Kalisto, band together and become a regular team, later dubbed the Lucha House Party.[96] As part of their storyline, the luchadors started to carry brightly colored noise makers and vuvuzela horns with them, using them to celebrate after a victory. They also carried a brightly colored Piñata donkey with them to the ring, which they referred to as "Penelope".[97] Their first match as a full trio took place on January 23, 2018 as they defeated Ariya Daivari, TJP and Tony Nese.[98] The following Sunday, Gran Metalik made his first WWE pay-per-view appearance as the Lucha House Party once again defeated Daivari, TJP and Neese on the Royal Rumble kick-off show.[99] In early 2018 WWE held a tournament for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight Championship, where Gran Metalik was eliminated in the opening round by eventual tournament winner Cedric Alexander.[100]

On the November 12, 2018 episode of Raw, Lucha House Party competed against a number of non-Cruiserweight teams for the first time, as they competed in a battle royal against Raw tag teams such as Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor), The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) and The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson).[101] The following Sunday, Lucha House Party was part of Team Raw in a five-on-five team elimination match at the Survivor Series event that was won by Team SmackDown.[102] In subsequent weeks, Lucha House Party was part of a storyline with the Revival, where the Revival was surprised by several matches where they were outnumbered. In the following weeks the Lucha House Party defeated the Revival in various three-on-two, or three-on-one matches billed as "Lucha House Rules" matches as part of the storyline.[103][104] On February 4, 2019, the Revival finally defeated Lucha House Part as part of a fatal four-way match to earn a match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship at a later date.[105] The Lucha House Party was drafted to SmackDown as part of the 2019 WWE Draft.[106]

Wrestling style and persona[edit]

Whether working as Metalik, Máscara Dorada or Gran Metalik, he generally portrays a face, the professional wrestling term for the protagonists of the storylines.[2][7] He is known for performing a high-risk, high-flying version of lucha libre,[7] exemplified by his frequent use of dives out of the wrestling ring. One such dive is the Brillo Metalik, which is a somersault suicide senton, where he leaps through the top rope and flips onto an opponent on the floor.[89] During his time in Mexico, he used a variation of the dive known as the Brillo Dorada, where he would springboard off the second rope and jump over the top onto an opponent on the floor.[1] Despite his accustomed style, his finishing move is a Samoan driver, where he lifts an opponent up on his shoulders before slamming them down to the ground, referred to as the Metalik Driver in WWE,[87][89] and the Dorada Screwdriver previously.[107]

Other media[edit]

Gran Metalik made his video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K18.[108]

Personal life[edit]

During a 2016 interview with Lucha World, Máscara Dorada revealed that he was the father of two young girls.[3] His immediate family still resides in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He has relatives living in Los Angeles, California while Dorada himself lived in Mexico City.[3] He welcomed his third daughter on November 5, 2018.[109]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Metalik (mask) Jeque (hair) Guadalajara, Jalisco CMLL show May 18, 2008 [10]

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