Lio Rush was almost able to add his name to the legendary pantheon of names that have held the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
In early 2019, Lio Rush was Bobby Lashley's hype man. The entertaining pairing catapulted Bobby Lashley to the Intercontinental Championship but also cost Bobby Lashley the Intercontinental Championship at WWE Elimination Chamber 2019, when Lio Rush was pinned in a handicap match.
This would lead to many segments on subsequent episodes of Monday Night Raw where Lio Rush would try to earn back the loyalty and respect of Bobby Lashley and Lio says this was supposed to see him capture the Intercontinental Championship himself at Wrestlemania 35.
“People are gonna like this, but at the same time, they're not, because I remember a lot of people were saying it. At the time, they were going to have me win the Intercontinental Championship while I was with Bobby and the whole and the whole storyline with Finn [Balor],” Lio tells Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp. “They were gonna have me win the title. But I forgot what happened. I forgot what happened and why that wasn't the case. I think the idea came from Elimination Chamber, where it was me and Bobby versus Finn in like a handicap match and I think they were going to do it again at WrestleMania but I was gonna be the one to win the title and it was just gonna throw everybody off. But yeah, for whatever reason, that got scratched.”
For whatever reason, this never came to be and Lio Rush would shortly thereafter be removed from television until returning in September of 2019 on the first NXT on USA Network.
Lio also opened up about his future, his music career, and much more in the exclusive interview with Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp which you can view above. We'll have much more from this interview over the next couple of weeks. Make sure to check out Lio's music and other upcoming projects at his website.