All Elite Wrestling star Lio Rush wants to be the company’s first Black World Champion.
Speaking with Forbes, Rush talked about the importance of representation in wrestling. In doing so he said he wants to win the AEW World Championship. He said:
“I’ve had some ups and downs in my career, and I’ve shown time and time again that I’m not someone who’s going to just lay down and give up on my passion and my dreams. I think that’s a good role model, just in life. Wrestling aside, to see someone like myself move the way that I move in life and inspire the people who look like me is a beautiful thing.
“I want to be that. I want to be that for everybody, and I think that I can be that. I think I have the mic skills, I think that I have the in-ring capability, I think that I’m a pretty personable and likable person. I think I’m real, I think I’m honest. This is a glass panel right here, I don’t hold anything back and I think that’s what a champion is, and I want to be the first African-American world champion in AEW.”
Lio Rush debuted for AEW at Double or Nothing earlier this year. After a brief retirement this Summer, he returned to AEW programming in September and is now in a team with Dante Martin.