AEW wrestler Lio Rush has opened up about his time in the WWE, saying he had his frustrations with the company and that how he wasn’t able to grasp the push he received when working for his former employer.

In an interview with Gettin’ Better with Ron Funches, Rush said he has completed so much in such a short amount of time. He added that people know him and that he finds it pretty remarkable that he made a name for himself in such a short time.

“I feel like I accomplished a lot in the short amount of time that I’ve been in wrestling, to the point where my name is now a household wrestling name,” the 27-year-old said.

“Whether people know me for an incident that happened or know me because they’re genuinely fans of me, I feel like if you ask anybody in wrestling, if you bring up Lio Rush, more than likely, you’re gonna know who that person is, and I think that’s pretty remarkable. I think that’s cool that I’ve been able to accomplish that in such a short amount of time, and I had my frustrations.”


The former NXT cruiserweight champion noted he was primed for a push the moment he signed with the WWE, but admitted he didn’t got to digest what was going around him at the time.

“Being in WWE at such a young age and being skyrocketed up within the company so quickly, from being in NXT for the two matches that I had, initially, and then being brought up to 205 Live and then shortly to Monday Night RAW, and I’m now on RAW every week with multiple segments and being a mouthpiece for, essentially, a WWE legend…

“I think things moved pretty quickly for me. I didn’t get a chance to digest what I was even in. I didn’t get a chance to realize what the game was because it is indeed a game that you have to play in order to maintain a certain position or a certain spot, and I didn’t realize that.”

Rush also spoke about the rumors that he was difficult to get along with in the WWE, implying people mistook his real personality for the character he portrayed on-screen during his time in the company.

“I can’t help but to be me, and I think I spent a lot of years not being myself. It was so easy to make that comparison with the character that I was portraying on television, and I think a lot of people believed. There was a lot of rumors that came out about me. The only thing to kind of compare that to or see if there was any truth was the person that they were seeing on camera or on TV.”

He also brought up the social media chatter that claimed he had an argument with Finn Bálor. Rush said there’s no truth to the rumor and that he “thought that it was so crazy because I’m one of the quietest people ever.”

Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.

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