Former WWE and current AEW star Lio Rush is the guest on the latest “Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette” podcast. Rush talked about his sudden retirement and then un-retiring, his dream of becoming a crossover rap superstar, how he was paired with Bobby Lashley, who took him under their wing in WWE, Mark Henry and more.
Here are some highlights:
Mark Henry and Lio Rush had some heat prior to Rush signing with AEW. Rush was asked what his relationship is with Henry today:
“Me and Mark Henry’s relationship is super cordial now. I think it came down to two very strong personalities and two very different eras of wrestling. I think we agreed to disagree, and we’re about to be working together now. AEW is such an incredible place to be, and it would be foolish of us to carry on any kind of, whatever it was, because it was pretty random and wild. I want to take you back to the first time I was in AEW. The first time I met Tony Khan, I remember I was walking backstage and I was trying to meet Tony Khan in person for the first time. Somebody told me he was in his office. I’ll never forget it. It was like a movie scene. I opened up the door a little bit, and I saw Tony Khan. I opened it up even more and I saw Mark Henry. I’m like, out of all the times, why now, but I’m glad it happened that way because Tony knew about the little issues we had together. He said we should probably talk it out. We all agreed. We talked a little bit during that night, but then I saw him again the other week. It was me coming down the hotel elevator. I opened up the elevator, and there’s Mark Henry in the elevator. I’m like, ok, great. We started talking. Later on in the night, we figured we should take a picture because I thought that was a cool thing in itself that we were even able to have a conversation. I thought it would be cool for everybody to know that we had that conversation and squashed it.”
Lio Rush explained how his pairing with Bobby Lashley came about:
“That was pretty surreal. Just my whole journey in WWE was pretty surreal to me from the point of being signed, to me being in NXT for only two matches before I got put up to 205 (Live). I was only on 205 for about 4 months before I got put up on RAW. I was doing 205 and RAW at the same time. That came about because that stemmed from me being in the [WWE] PC and me wanting to be so ready for TV. I was asking, I believe his name was Joe Castro. I remember asking him to watch my promo during promo class, and he said that he would. He was texting while my promo was going on. I saw it in the corner of my eye. I had asked him if he watched my promo. He had said, ‘Yea, it was great.’ I’m like, you didn’t watch it. It lit such a fire underneath me. I asked him for some tips, and he told me I wasn’t ready for TV and I wasn’t going to be ready for a while. There was so much going through my head. I was thinking, why am I even signed? But, I took that moment to say, you know what? I think I am ready for TV, and I’m going to show you that I’m ready for TV. I started cutting promos on my phone every day, and I would release a promo every day on my Instagram and my Twitter. They started really catching fire, and I was doing it every day all up until I was signed to 205. I got a call when I flew back home from 205 saying I was needed for Monday Night RAW and to send my flight details. They wouldn’t tell me what I was doing. Of course, I’m backstage when I got there, panicking. I don’t know what’s going on. Paul Heyman walked up to me and said, ‘Vince had seen one of your promos that one of the writers had shown him from your social media, and he thought you were great. He wants to pair you up with Bobby.’ I’m like, ‘That’s so cool’ I couldn’t believe that me taking that initiative to put out promos essentially landed me a job on RAW, and it was seen by Vince. Vince pulled me into his office and said that I was going to be working with Bobby. I didn’t know what it was going to be. He kept saying it was going to be like a hype man. I’m a WWE fan, and I’ve never heard of a hype man. I said, ‘What is a hype man?’ He said, ‘Paul will talk to you about it.’ We went into the weight room of the stadium, and he was saying I was essentially going to be Bobby’s manager, but in a way like Jimmy Hart. I was going to be loud, wear obnoxious suits, and I was going to be that mouthpiece for Bobby. That was the most surreal day of my life.”
— The Volume (@TheVolumeSports) October 12, 2021