With All Elite Wrestling getting ready to premiere on TNT in two weeks, WWE’s made peace with all of their disgruntled employees - at least for the length of their current contracts.
Sasha Banks. Luke Harper. Rusev. And now Lio Rush.
The subject of numerous “backstage heat” rumors and reports from his time as Bobby Lashley’s advocate on Raw, Rush returned on the WWE Network portion of NXT’s live premiere on Weds., Sept. 18. Mauro Ranallo explained Rush’s return by shouting out his recent hip hop tracks and eluding to Lio opening up about his mental health issues last month in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
With The Man Of The Hour, we also got a clearer picture of what Triple H meant when he said 205 Live was now under the NXT umbrella. Rush’s first match back was against Oney Lorcan to determine the #1 contender for the Cruiserweight title.
The smaller Rush was clearly presented as a babyface comeback story. While Lorcan didn’t do anything underhanded, he definitely played an even more sadistic version of his normal asskicker. It was Oney’s aggression that was his downfall, however, when he charged right into this amazing Spanish Fly counter...
A Frog Splash later, and Lio’s return netted him a shot at Drew Gulak and the purple belt.
Rush was selling a knee injury throughout, and we got an extended shot of the referee checking on him after the match and it looked as if he had tears in his eyes. Fingers crossed it was just the emotions of his return and the fact Lio is a great salesperson.
We’ll find out. Will it be on NXT, or 205 Live? It’s all the same umbrella, right?
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