Lio Rush has been looking back on his tenure with WWE, and he's appreciative of what he learned during his time with the company.
Rush was a member of the WWE roster from 2017 to 2020, during which time he worked alongside stars like Bobby Lashley and Kevin Owens. Rush even spent a 63-day reign as NXT Cruiserweight Champion. However, he was unable to achieve many of the goals that he set out for himself prior to his release.
Speaking on The Angle Podcast, Lio Rush spoke about how the mistakes he made in WWE were a learning experience for him.
"The learning experience, the journey. I’m super appreciative, even if it didn’t go exactly how I wanted it to go. I think that learning experience in itself as a businessman and a young man. You can’t learn until you make mistakes, and I made a lot of mistakes there. I also found myself as an individual there," said Rush. [7:39 to 8:47]
Since leaving the company in 2020, The Man of the Hour has made appearances on the independent wrestling scene. He has also wrestled for NJPW and AEW, among other promotions.
Lio Rush on possibly returning to the independent scene
In May, the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion made his presence known at NJPW Capital Collison. He later seemingly quashed any chance of a return to independent wrestling.
During a recent Q&A on his Instagram account, Rush explained why he does not see himself returning to the indies for the foreseeable future.
"Honestly, the independent wrestling scene seems incredibly saturated right now. A lot of opportunities, but the injury risk is high and the demand for more, intense, high-energy action is more than what I’m currently willing to put my body through. I love the indies. Maybe one day," said Rush. [H/T PW Ponderings]
Lio Rush is currently signed to top promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and he has competed in several matches on NJPW STRONG. The former WWE star has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since January, and it'll be interesting to see what his future holds.
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