Even at the young age of 26, Lio Rush has made a long journey in professional wrestling. It spans almost every major promotion in the world. And after fighting mental and physical adversity, Rush not only signed with AEW, but also emerged through his LBO Riogimic, which plays Rush’s real passion for investing in money, mental health, and life itself. Was introduced as a character of. In fact, Rush’s current character acts as a metaphor for his own worldview. Mental health advocates say WWE paid for treatment while at work and believe in different types of investments.
“I’m always investing. There’s always an interest in investing,” Rush said in an exclusive interview.
“Is it investing in something else or in myself? I’m always trying to move forward, better and grow. What I do is always to some extent my It’s an extension. Even what I did when I was a manager. That loud, cheeky person, that comedy element about me. It’s in me. I’m not always. I’m pretty He’s a cool, calm, and gathered person. I don’t talk much, so I think he’s introverted, but it’s exciting to be able to show people his different layers. ”
Rush will return to NJPW Strong from the 2300 Arena on Sunday, October 16th to play against El Phantasmo, who has a real chance of stealing the entire weekend. Phantasmo ranked in the top half of this year’s PWI500 (No. 232), but some say it’s too few. Rush (No.53) can be said to be one of them.
“He is a really nice person. He is For real good. “Rush said about El Phantasmo.
“When I met him, I didn’t know how long [he had been wrestling], But he is very sophisticated. Super talent. You always want to be in the ring with someone at his skill level. “
Rush has long loved New Japan Pro-Wrestling, which has been praised for its approach to treating professional wrestling like a real sport. Returning and rejuvenating as part of NJPW Strong, Rush is thrilled with the many opportunities to establish himself as one of the best foreign performers in venerable promotions.
“New Japan is a great place,” Rush said.
“History and the degree of respect from viewers, fans and wrestlers. New Japan is so respected that wrestlers are there, so an aura that everyone wants to be there. I feel like I have it. I’m very happy to be there. I think I should have always been in New Japan. At least I always wanted to be in New Japan before joining WWE, but it happened to be the first I arrived at WWE. I was very excited when I was released from WWE and contacted by New Japan. “This is the push I needed.”
“It has such a real sport and its competitive side, and that’s where I was born. I was a two-time American amateur wrestler. Playing soccer, playing basketball and baseball. I’m glad I was there because I have a very competitive spirit and nature. ”
Rush made his debut at AEW at the AEW Double or Nothing Casino Battle Royale as a joker before he soon retired. Rush was fighting a painful shoulder injury, but he admits that the decision was as physical as it was mental. However, now that his mind and body are in good health, Rush finds himself playing a mentorship role after taking the talented Dante Martin under his wings.
“I was always interested in working with Dante,” Rush said.
“I actually met his brother [Darius Martin] When I was in the Ring of Honor and he went to the show as a fan and a teenager. We took pictures and everything. So it’s pretty cool to go around completely and work with Dante at AEW. When I was his age, I saw a lot of myself in him, and he’s even better than when I was his age. I got help when I was young, but someone guided me and took me step by step and didn’t tell me what their experience was. I’m glad I became that person early in Dante’s career. Athletic, he is great. I can’t believe it. ”
Martin’s brother Darius is currently injured, but his imminent return could give way to the most exciting trio team of all wrestling. Given the depth of promotion when it comes to stables and triads, fans are keen on the AEW Trios Championship. AEW recently announced the TBS Championship, a secondary female title that debuts on January 22, wondering if even top-star CM Punk has more title depth in the promotion. Whether it’s a trio title or not, Rush and Top Flight have all the elements to rewrite a book for a six-person tag team, and Rush is here for that.
“It’s definitely an exciting idea,” Rush said.
“Something of great potential. Who knows whenever Darius comes back and he’s all healed? Who knows what will happen in that time? But that’s you I’m sure there are a lot of other people looking at it if it goes as expected, but I think it’s really cool to have all three of us together. ”
As AEW continues to establish itself as one of the top wrestling promotions in the country, it is becoming more and more painful when it comes to diversity, black wrestlers. AEW publicly prioritized diversity and inclusiveness before opening its doors. The average AEW World Championship reign (258 days) and so-called “pillars” such as MJF, Darby Allin, Jungle Boy, Hangman Adam Page, Brian Danielson, CM Punk and Orange Cassidy plan to become world champions Given what we’re doing, it could take years, if not more than a decade, for AEW to win its first Black World Champion in the near future.
To always overcome the odds, Rush not only feels like a man in the job, but also believes that he will be a good representative, if not important, as a black world champion.
“Expression, it changes life,” Rush said.
“There weren’t many good examples of people who could set up a blueprint for someone like me. At the time, when I was a wrestling fan, I liked DC music, black, tattooed, crazy short. There was no man. I think I opened the door to many people, but I want to be a world champion. I think it’s more than ability. “
“If I’m not ready for something, I say I’m not ready for something. But I’m ready. I’m ready,” Rush continued. ..
“I want to take that step. I say I want to be that guy everyone sees.’Man, he did it. And he did it in the face of adversity. I myself There are ups and downs in my career and I’ve shown many times that I’m not just a person who lays down and gives up passion and dreams. In life, I think it’s a good role model. Wrestling aside, I It’s beautiful to see someone like me move like the movements of my life and inspire people who look like me. I want to be that. I want to be for everyone and I think I can. I think I have Mike’s skills, I think I have the abilities in the ring, I think I’m a pretty friendly and likable person, and I’m real I think. I’m honest. This is the glass panel here. I haven’t held anything down. I think it’s the champion. I want to be the first African-American world champion at AEW. I am. “
Rush will be competing in the NJPW Strong Taping at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on Sunday, October 17, 2021. Tickets can be obtained from this link.