A former WWE star who was released by the company earlier this year has said that Vince McMahon was his “best friend” during his time there.
Former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush spoke with Wrestling Inc about his time in WWE and his release this past April.
“My relationship with Vince was great. I think he was my best friend when I was on Raw. [I was] probably closer to Vince than I was with Bobby [Lashley]. I was in his office every day. Every Monday, I was in his office. We were always talking about what was next or what he wanted to see from me to make my character elevate Bobby more.
“I think that that was plain as day. I wouldn’t have had all of those segments on Raw if I wasn’t likeable by Vince. That was his baby right there, that pairing between me and Bobby and doing the stuff with Lashley and the pointing at the ass. All of that was Vince.”
Speaking about why he thinks he was released, Rush said:
“I think it came down to seeing my value a little bit differently than what the company was seeing. That was always a topic of discussion. It was always an argument of saying, ‘I see myself doing this, or I feel like I can offer this,’ and they just didn’t see it that way. And that’s fine. It’s not just wrestling. I’m sure that it’s like that in plenty of other businesses and companies of that magnitude. People just see things differently, and things don’t always work out.”