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Mark Henry criticizes Lio Rush

Lio Rush

Lio Rush has garnered a lot of criticism lately and has essentially been under a radar since joining the company back in 2017. Some recent comments have forced several superstars, past and present, to address his time in WWE and how his actions have affected his run.

WWE Hall of Famer Booker T discussed Rush recently, stating that he believes the Man of the Hour is incredibly talented on the mic and in the ring. However, his arrogance is severely affecting his TV time, claiming that he can only focus on himself and not the big picture.

Another Hall of Famer, Mark Henry, tackled the Lio Rush debate today on Busted Open Radio.  The World’s Strongest Man revealed that he’d met Rush before and tried to get him to open up and pass on some sound advice.

I pulled him aside and told him, ‘Hey man, I’m hearing stuff in the locker room. What’s up?’ ‘Oh, there’s nothing wrong.’

It was a blatant lie to my face. I was trying to help him. I was trying to let him know that if he has a question to ask, now’s the time, because you’re very likely not going to run into anyone that knows the system like I know the system. And he didn’t do that, he lied to my face.

He went on to the topic of money, and how he should be making enough to afford his own rental cars and hotel rooms if he handled everything correctly.

If you’re walking around and you can’t pay for a rental car, you can’t pay for a hotel with the money that you make every week, then you need to change the way you’re spending. You can’t blame the office. If you spent everything before you got it, that’s your problem.

Henry didn’t believe what Rush was dealing with was a race issue, but an issue of ego.

Nobody is exempt from being respectful to the business and paying homage to the guys drawing money. Steve Austin did it. The Rock did it. You’re better than The Rock? Get the Hell outta here!

Henry stated that he was a fan of Rush, but felt that this situation could only end in two ways, and would more than likely end with Rush losing his contract if he continues to walk down this path.


  • CC

    Mark Henry is one of the most level headed people in WWE and has long been a supporter of any black superstars, especially young up and comers. So if he has an issue with Rush, then this has nothing to do with this being “too much”. If you are told by your job that you are not allowed to have your friends or family with you, then you abide by that law whether you work for WWE or you work in McDonalds. End of. To blow someone off (Balor) who took you to one side in a friendly manner to make you aware before anyone further up the ladder does it officially, just shows he has no respect.
    It is just like Enzo all over again.

  • Luke

    This is the problem when someone thinks they are irreplaceable. Stone Cold replaced Shawn Michaels, The Rock replaced Stone Cold, Cena replaced the Rock, Reigns replaced Cena, and so on. Every spot is replaceable.

  • Rinn13

    There is overdoing it, and then there are people, like Leo, like Enzo, etc., who seem to think they’re bigger stars than they are, and that somehow the business owes them something, when it doesn’t.

  • oppa

    There are too many complaints about people “not paying dues” or “respecting the business” about people who were in NXT. The point of making everyone in NXT set up and take down the rings, set up and take down the chairs and doing street team work is for them to pay their dues and to learn respect for the business. Lio was a rookie in WWE, but he actually was in the business for a while before going to WWE. Even Shawn Michaels had to openly complain that people were shaking his hand 10 times in a day just so they wouldn’t be viewed as “disrespectful”. People do need to respect their job and those who came before them, but things in WWE need to stop.

  • ROB-1.

    Yes, Enzo got in trouble with his mouth to.

  • Soulshroude

    He’s not the only one…