RUSH talks CMLL departure.
Following his ROH World Title win at Death Before Dishonor on Sept. 27, it was announced by CMLL that RUSH and Dragon Lee would no longer be working for CMLL.
CMLL wrote on their social media that RUSH and Lee, were "no longer part of our company for not complying with committing to programming and company guidelines."
In a video posted to his YouTube page, RUSH offered his side of the story.
“We are independent. Truly, we are independent," RUSH said about his status and the status of La Bestia Del Ring. "That’s not to say that we are not grateful or that we’re biting the hand that fed us. My father taught me to never not be appreciative and I dedicated more than 11 years to someone who is not with us anymore: [the late CMLL owner Paco Alonso]. I am so grateful for every opportunity that he gave me. Unfortunately, ever since he left us, it all went downhill. But if the company was left to his daughter (Sofia Alonso), I would have had no problem with that and to her, I tell her that she can count on me and my family because her father taught me so many things and my condolences to her. The day she needs me and my family, we’ll be there. With him gone, my loyalty ended there. There have been many times that I elevated CMLL. I went to Madison Square Garden representing CMLL. I did it. For anyone that said we are ungrateful, my father and I left because we have more goals and challenges.”
Paco Alonso passed away on July 6. Following his passing, his daughter Sofia Alonso took over as President of CMLL.
RUSH continued, “Winning [the ROH World Title] showed the value of looking for more challenges, face anyone and everyone. Anybody from any company, the biggest names like Blue Demon, L.A. Park, Pentagon, Fenix, any foreigners. We’re here. But what [CMLL] did to my brother Dragon Lee was a sign of disrespect because my brother, like my myself and my brother Mistico, has elevated the brand of CMLL and worked very hard to do it in the United States. He was the only to be doing that in the United States, in Japan, in many parts around the world. And what did you do? Like me, my brother is set for great things and you know it. Now, my brother Mistico, we love him a lot and I hope this doesn’t affect him... The one who was always loyal to us, Paco Alonso, is no longer with us. Goodbye CMLL. Bye bye.”
RUSH stated that he will have a press conference on Monday. As of this writing, his press conference has yet to take place. You can view Dragon Lee's statement on his release by clicking here.
Thanks to Fightful's Carlos Toro for the transcription. If you use any of the quotes above, please credit RUSH with a h/t to Fightful for the transcription.