Lio Rush once again refutes negative reports.
On Apr. 25, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported that Lio Rush had "internal heat" in WWE due to his behavior. Shortly after the news made it onto most wrestling sites, Rush issued a statement saying, "The fact of the matter is that you don’t always know the facts and that’s ok.” You can view the initial report and Lio's entire statement by clicking here.
In the days following the initial report, more reports have come out detailing Lio's behavior backstage. Fightful ran a story on Apr. 27 saying, "we've heard from several WWE sources that the roster has wanted him out of the locker room for quite a while" while detailing an incident where Lio "responded unfavorably" to advice given to him by Finn Balor. You can view the report here.
Earlier today, Apr. 30, Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that Lio "blew off" standard backstage etiquette during the November European tour.
With new information coming to light, Lio Rush once again took to social media to address the reports.
Dirt sheet fabrications. Don’t believe everything on the internet https://t.co/nlcIkCsmNP— Man Of The Hour (@itsLioRush) April 30, 2019
True. I’m saddened that dirt sheets (recently Fightful) make assumptions, exaggerations & sometimes outright fabrications, to sell subscriptions. Gossip like this is spread without caring about the damage to people’s reputations, relationships, or careers. It honestly disgusts me https://t.co/vdRUCZ35tO— Man Of The Hour (@itsLioRush) April 30, 2019
( Part 1 ) “Heat” is such a subjective term. Do I stand up for myself when life challenges me? Yes. Do I have opinions & not just blindly follow? Yes. Am I best friends with every single superstar? No. But... do I work hard. Am I professional & respectful?.. https://t.co/tEf1WGLh59— Man Of The Hour (@itsLioRush) April 30, 2019
( Part 2 ).. Am I driven and motivated to perform to the best of my ability to entertain the WWE universe? Have no bad blood with any other superstars, great working relationships with writers and producers, and respect and listen to all higher ups? ABSOLUTELY. https://t.co/tEf1WGLh59— Man Of The Hour (@itsLioRush) April 30, 2019
( Part 1 ) I am not “out of the locker room.” More dirt sheet assumptions. Many spouses and family members come to shows and are welcome backstage. Our performance schedules are not just RAW, we have 3 live shows a week, travel days, and PPVs. My wife came to share my first.. https://t.co/OWVKb2wcC5— Man Of The Hour (@itsLioRush) April 30, 2019
( Part 2 ) ..wrestle mania moment with me, as did many families of the WWE roster. The little time that a professional wrestler can spend with their family is rare and precious. I conduct myself professionally and respectfully and so does my wife. https://t.co/OWVKb2wcC5— Man Of The Hour (@itsLioRush) April 30, 2019
I believe we are all able to carry our own gear and provisions. I treat others as equals and as a young black male have often had to fight for my own equality. https://t.co/lwdySHrGl6— Man Of The Hour (@itsLioRush) April 30, 2019
Rush was reportedly backstage at Raw last night, but did not appear on television alongside Bobby Lashley.
Fightful has reached out multiple times to Lio Rush for comment.