AEW star Lio Rush has spoken about his decision to join the promotion, and the differences between Tony Khan, Vince McMahon and Triple H.
Rush explained that he and Triple H “always butted heads”, but he can sense that he and Khan are on the same wavelength.
Speaking on Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions, Lio Rush said:
“I remember flying to LA from Florida to have a conversation with Tony, a real conversation about events in my life. Him getting to know me, me getting to know him. That was the first we met at Double or Nothing. It was a lot of me being so brutally honest with him and a lot of him being brutally honest with me and him expressing how much he really wanted me in AEW. I thought that was so cool.
“That was the main thing for me. I think it would be the same for everyone that got released. At that time, we felt unwanted and felt like we were trash. I didn’t want to sign anywhere unless I was wanted. I wanted to feel like I was a valuable asset to the company and he reassured me of all of that.
“He saw an NXT road loop show in Florida, saw me, and said I stuck out to him more than anybody else on that show. That meant the world to me. That was pretty cool. He said the match that I was in and what I did, so I know that he wasn’t lying.
“Tony is such a great guy. That played a huge part in me wanting to be in AEW too. I didn’t want another boss like Vince McMahon. I didn’t want another boss like Hunter. People have different opinions about Hunter, but we always butt heads for different reasons.
“I didn’t feel like that with Tony. I felt super connected with him and felt like he was relatable. I felt like he cared about the same things that the boys in the back care about. He felt hungry, driven, and passionate. I liked his energy and I’m all about energy. I just knew it was right.
“With me doing what I was doing while injured; rehabbing and finding out who I am and why I’m doing what I’m doing and where I’m going to go and who I’m doing it for, I saw such an opportunity to do something bigger than wrestling.
“I keep saying it and I mean it in a positive way. I’m not saying wrestling is on the backburner, but I’m trying to reach an audience bigger than wrestling. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. With learning what I learned in the past, my experience, and all my f**k ups and everything, I now, in this very moment, have the keys to success. Now I know what I need to do.”
Lio Rush seems to currently be involved with Dante Martin and Matt Sydal in AEW, with the storyline being that he was trying to tutor Martin, Sydal wasn’t happy about it, but Rush proved his worth by getting Sydal a match with CM Punk.
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