Lio Rush Talks About Issues Between Himself & WWE, Why Timing Of His Release Surprised Him

Former WWE NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush recently appeared as a guest on the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast for an in-depth interview.

During the discussion, the pro wrestling veteran spoke about his reputation of being an outspoken person but explained why he doesn't feel that makes promotions hesitant to sign him, despite those who say otherwise.

Additionally, Rush discussed at great length the rumors of there being a "disconnect" between himself and the management figures behind-the-scenes in WWE during his time with the company, and why he was surprised at the timing of his release but not that it happened in general.

Featured below are some of the highlights, as well as a complete video archive, of the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast interview with former WWE Superstar Lio Rush.

On being surprised at the timing of his WWE release, but not that he was let go from the company in general: "People are going to say what they're going to say. A lot of people that say things like that are ignorant. They don't know what the situation is. They don't know exactly what's going on. They're just going off of what one fan is saying and then that story turns into a different story, and then it's just like a domino effect. So I don't think that's the case at all because if that was the case, I wouldn't have got signed to Ring of Honor. If that was the case, I wouldn't have gotten signed to the WWE. Things have been being said about me for years now. What's true, what isn't true, I'm still getting opportunities. I'm still able to work with so many talented people. Like I said, it just came down to me seeing my value within the company just a little bit differently than what Hunter (Triple H) and the rest of the powers that be saw for me. So it's all good."

On whether or not there was a disconnect between he and WWE management: "I'm not gonna say that there weren't mistakes made by me. I'm sure that even if I was right or wrong, I feel like on my part maybe, it could have been handled a little bit differently. I think my feelings with certain situations were right, and I had a right to feel that way, but I'm not going to just put the blame completely on one person on one side of the story. There's a difference between somebody who's been doing this for years and for a long time and somebody in my position that started out when I was 18 years old and accomplished so many things in the time span that I accomplished them. I hate bringing this up, and I never want this to be a topic of discussion, but in my world it plays a part. It plays a part being young. It plays a part being a young African-American, and it plays a part with me being confident in myself. And I feel like a lot of the confusion with everybody--there's a very fine line between cockiness and confidence, and I feel like a lot of people think that I'm more on the the cocky side because I am so young, but I just believe in myself. I held myself to a certain point where I put my all into whatever I'm doing, and I push myself. And a lot of people don't like that I guess. I'm not sure, but if I wasn't that way, I wouldn't be in the position that I'm in today. I wouldn't have accomplished the things that I've accomplished, so I'm not ashamed of being who I am because it has made me successful."

Check out the complete Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast interview with former WWE Superstar Lio Rush via the YouTube video embedded below.


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