Lio Rush was released from his WWE contract on April 15th, but that didn’t stop his pro wrestling career. The Man Of The Hour teased retirement, but that was just to get people looking at his next move.

Rush eventually landed in NJPW and he is wrestling for MLW as well. While speaking with Alicia Atout, Lio Rush revealed that debuting for New Japan Pro Wrestling was a bigger deal for him than when he landed in WWE.

He also explained how having Wale as a friend helped land him in MLW.

“I was probably more excited to be a part of New Japan than I was to be signed to WWE, to be honest. I love the culture, and I love the fans. They respect the art of wrestling so much.”


“Even the wrestlers themselves I feel like they take their craft a lot more seriously when it comes to the sport and art of professional wrestling combat. I am super excited to be a part of New Japan Pro Wrestling, and I am excited to show the fans that already know me a more aggressive side to Lio Rush, a more technical side of Lio Rush. I’m excited to wrestle in front of an entirely new fan base with the Japanese audience.”

“MLW is a place I wanted to work for quite some time now. I am a good, mutual friend of Court Bauer. I know that we have a mutual friend with Wale too. Ever since WaleMania, Court’s always been wanting me to be a part of MLW. As soon as the release happened, he reached out to me. He made it known that he wanted to work with me, even if it wasn’t right away. It’s been one hell of an experience.”

Lio Rush is still young and able to wrestle all over the world. The pandemic limits where he can travel to a certain extent, but there are channels that can be taken in order to make a trip to Japan. Obviously, Lio Rush is excited about what 2021 has in store after such a big career change in 2020.

H Jenkins

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