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Lio Rush addresses the Emma debacle

Lio Rush was one of the most anticipated WWE signings of 2017. Rush, 23, was set to make a huge impact on the NXT brand when a judgment in error, supposedly, forced him out of the spotlight as soon as he showed up.

Former WWE Superstar Emma was released back in October 2017. Before that, she took on recent main roster call-up Asuka in a losing effort, which prompted Lio Rush to make a joke at the Australian born wrestler after her departure.

I guess these are the things that happen when you’re not TRULY ready for @WWEAsuka.

Rush had an impressive debut match, taking on his former tag partner Velveteen Dream. However, after the tweet, he would rarely be seen on TV, being used as fodder against opponents like Lars Sullivan.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Rush addressed the tweet.

It was definitely a difficult situation. I’ve worked so hard and spent years trying to brand myself and to show the world that Lio Rush is a top prospect in the professional wrestling world. So it was a bit rough to see so many people turn on me for that, but I’ve owned up to my mistakes.

I have said my apologies. What else can you do? You live, you make mistakes and you learn. I know a big thing that I tweeted out shortly after that — ‘a mistake shouldn’t be your attacker, it should be your teacher.’ I’ve definitely learned from the situation. I definitely have not let that situation change the pacing of me succeeding in anything.

In the article, Rush also speaks on the birth of his second child, balancing life and his aspirations, and his passion for music. You can check out the rest of the interview here.

It’s been about seven months since the tweet was made, and Rush has apologized numerous times since then. Hopefully, 2018 will be a better year for the Man of the Hour.


  • CC

    Yeah, the whole point of his comment was that he was suggesting she got let go because she lost to Asuke.
    Yeah it was a joke, just in poor taste.

    And yes we know that Vince has never been above making his talent make remarks like this on screen, we all know how that always leaves a sour taste in fans mouths. So when an upcoming talent says something like this on Twitter, it is never going to be well received.

    Personally I feel he was just trying to play the heel, and was too naive to realise it was bad form, rather than him being malicious. But all said and done, it was a bit disrespectful and probably did not sit well backstage with other wrestlers, especially friends of Emmas.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    This was before she was let go thought wasn’t it?!

  • CC

    Not that bad per se, but highly disrespectful considering Emma had just lost what may very well have been her dream job.
    Some things you just do not do.

    Imagine if you went on FaceBook, and mocked a work colleague for getting laid off. Not exactly gonna get you any prizes.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Wow, that’s not even bad in anyway shape or form