Lio Rush is back and number one.
NXT fans got a big surprise on Wednesday as Lio Rush returned to action, defeating Oney Lorcan to become the number one contender to Drew Gulak and the WWE Cruiserweight Title. Despite not wrestling for six months, Lio didn't miss a beat, defeating Lorcan with Split Legged Frog Splash during the WWE Network portion of NXT.
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In a recent interview, Triple H said fans would start to see 205 Live sit under the NXT umbrella, which could explain why a Cruiserweight Title number one contender's match took place on NXT and not 205 Live.
Rush hadn't been seen on WWE television since WrestleMania 35 when he cornered Bobby Lashley for his match against 'The Demon' Finn Balor. He was reportedly kept away due to a number of backstage issues pertaining to his attitude and reported disrespect of locker room veterans. During his time away from the company, Lio put out a series of rap songs. Lio's last official match was on Mar. 18 when he teamed with Lashley against Balor & Braun Strowman.
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