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.