Lio wants to leave the past behind him.
In October of 2017 Tenille Dashwood formerly known as "Emma" was released from her WWE contract. Her peers/friends that she made during her time in WWE reached out via social media and sent their well wishes to Dashwood as she had a post-WWE career ahead of her. One message that was not so positive came by way of the 23-year old Lio Rush who had signed with WWE just two months prior to Dashwood's release.
Lio Rush sent out a tweet noting, "I guess these are the things that happen when you're not TRULY ready for @WWEAsuka" referring to Tenille Dashwood's last match in WWE which was a lost to Asuka and Dashwood was released from the sports-entertainment company five days later. Lio Rush was met with a massive amount of backlash from the superstars of WWE, fans, and legends of the sport. After Rush made the joke he sent out a detailed apology and was kept off of NXT live events until late November and did not make his return to NXT TV until January of this year.
The "Man Of The Hour" has put his mistake behind him and he recently spoke about the incident during an interview with ESPN where he explained that he has owned up to his wrongdoing.
"It was definitely a difficult situation," Rush said. "I've worked so hard and spent years trying to brand myself and to show the world that Lio Rush is a top prospect in the professional wrestling world. So it was a bit rough to see so many people turn on me for that, but I've owned up to my mistakes. I have said my apologies, what else can you do? You live, you make mistakes and you learn," Rush continued. "I know a big thing that I tweeted out shortly after that -- 'A mistake shouldn't be your attacker, it should be your teacher.' I've definitely learned from that situation. I definitely have not let that situation change the pacing of me succeeding in anything."