Lio Rush Biography
Lionel Gerard Green is an American professional wrestler and musician better known by his ring name Lio Rush. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT and 205 Live brands, and where he is a former NXT Cruiserweight Champion. He is also known for his time as the manager for Bobby Lashley.
Before WWE, he was known for his time in Ring of Honor (ROH), where he was the winner of the 2016 Top Prospect Tournament, as well as his time in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), where he was the former CZW World Heavyweight Champion and a former two-time CZW Wired Champion.
Lio Rush Early life
He was born to his parents who were both gospel singers. In his childhood bedroom, he sat above his father’s recording studio. He remembers when he wanted to be a professional wrestler since he was five years old. As a teenager and in his adulthood he struggled with mental health. During his teen years, and there was a point it got so bad and he was hospitalized for a few days.
He has two sons, that as of August 2019 were six and one year old. He stated that the tattoo he has on his stomach is a poem that was written by his mother for his deceased brother, Lorenzo, who died at an extremely young age. He also stated that he did not know about his brother until his mother told him about him on his first day of high school.
Lio Rush WWE Career
NXT and 205 Live (2017–2018)
On July 9, 2017, it was reported that Rush had been offered an NXT contract and that his signing was imminent. On August Rush was confirmed through signing by WWE and which made his first televised appearance on the October 4 episode of NXT, where he was attacked by Velveteen Dream (his former tag team partner Patrick Clark).
In the October 11 episode of NXT, Lio was defeated by the Dream match. Rush joked on Twitter about Emma following her release from WWE on October 29; where he received the criticism from WWE wrestlers and issued an apology. The tweet resulted in him being pulled from all NXT events until November 30.
He made an additional appearance on NXT television, by losing a squash match to Lars Sullivan. He was then out of television until April 2018. Rush was moved to WWE’s main roster as part of the cruiserweight division in June 2018, appearing on 205 Live. He also established himself as a villain on the 205 Live.
Upon his debut, he went on a winning streak and defeated Noam Dar, Akira Tozawa and three jobbers. He suffered his first loss in a 5-way number one contender match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, which was won by Tony Nese. He suffered a pinfall loss to Cedric Alexander a few weeks later.
Alliance with Bobby Lashley and hiatus (2018–2019)
On the September 17th episode of Raw, he became the hype man and manager of Bobby Lashley and he was responsible for turning Lashley heel when he encouraged him to attack Kevin Owens at multiple times after their match on October 8.
He would later help Bobby Lashley capture his first Intercontinental Championship in a triple threat match against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose when he distracted Rollins and allowing Lashley to spear Ambrose and pin him for the title.
Lashley began feuding with Finn Bálor following the Royal Rumble, Rush. His last match on 205 Live would be a number one contendership fatal four-way on February 5, 2019, that was won by Akira Tozowa. Lashley’s feud with Balor leads to a 2-on-1 handicap match at Elimination Chamber for Lashley’s title, where Lio was ultimately pinned by Bálor, resulting in Lashley losing the Intercontinental Championship.
After the match Lashley attacked Rush, leaving him lying in the ring. The next day, he and Lashley were defeated by Finn Balor and debuting Ricochet. He unsuccessfully challenged Balor in the Intercontinental Championship. However, on March 11 the episode of Raw, Rush helped Lashley to regain the Intercontinental Championship from Balor.
Braun Strowman and Balor defeated Lashley and Rush in a tag team match. Lashley fled the ring near the end of the match, leaving Lio to be pinned by Strowman. After following that, he did not wrestle for the company and he stopped appearing with Lashley after WrestleMania 35 in April. Rush started an imposed sabbatical away from WWE following the April 15 Raw.
According to Amidst reports in May that Lio backstaged the “heat” over issues regarding his attitude, including the reports that he was disrespecting the veterans, He removed all mentions of WWE on his social media and replaced it with an email for booking inquiries on May 15.
The problem has been chalked up to be a possible misunderstanding, due to Rush not adhering to the unwritten rules of the professional wrestling industry. In June, Rush started posting vignettes on Twitter in promoting a return, which PWInsider reported that he was heading back to NXT. However, in August, there was no timetable for his return to the ring.
NXT Cruiserweight Champion (2019–present)
He made his return to NXT on the September 18th episode as babyface defeated Oney Lorcan to become No. 1 Contender for Drew Gulak’s Cruiserweight Championship. He successfully captured the title (which was now renamed to NXT Cruiserweight Championship) on October 9 episode of NXT. On the December 11 episode of NXT, Lio lost to Angel Garza, ending his reign at 63 days.
Professional wrestling style and persona Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated praised Rush’s ring work saying, he was “highly talented in the ring” and delivered with “a combination of athleticism and flexibility and the few others possess.” During his early days in WWE, Lio became a heel manager for Bobby Lashley, a role that was praised for due to his promos.
Lio Rush Age
Lio Rush was born on November 11, 1994, in Lanham, Maryland, U.S. He is age 24 years old as per 2018.
Lio Rush Body Measurements
- Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
- Weight: 160 lb (73 kg)
- Shoe Size: Not available
- Body Shape: Not available
- Hair Colour: Black
- Eye Colour: Not available
Lio Rush Family
After doing our research, details about Lio Rush parents are not available and it is also not known if he/she has any siblings.
Lio Rush Wife
Lio Rush is married to Sarah Wah on December 21, 2018. The couples reside in Lanham, Maryland U.S.AA
Lio Rush Other media
Rush made his video game debut as part of the Rising Stars Pack of downloadable content created for WWE 2K19. In July 2019, Rush released his debut single as a rapper titled, “Scenic Lullaby”. According to Rush, the song is a “first-person account of [his] darkest days and the pain he continues to carry.” Rush released his second single titled, “I Wonder” on August 19. On his 25th birthday, Rush released his debut extended play titled, 11:11.
Lio Rush Professional wrestling style and persona
Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated Rush’s ring work as a “highly talented man in the ring” and delivered “a combination of athleticism and flexibility on a few possess.” During his early days in WWE, he became the heel manager for Bobby Lashley, a role that he was praised for due to his promos. In May 2017, he resided in Lanham, Maryland, where he wrestled in high school before becoming a professional wrestler.
Lio Rush Championships and Accomplishments
- Combat Zone Wrestling
- CZW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- CZW Wired Championship (2 times)
- DDT Pro-Wrestling
- Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (1 time)
- House of Glory
- HOG Crown Jewel Championship (1 time)
- Maryland Championship Wrestling / MCW Pro Wrestling
- MCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Patrick Clark
- Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup (2015, 2016)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 120 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017
- Ring of Honor
- Top Prospect Tournament (2016)
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- WWE United Kingdom Championship Invitational (2018
Frequently Asked Questions About Lio Rush
Who is Lio Rush?
He is an American professional wrestler and musician.
How old is Lio Rush?
He is 25 years old.
How tall is Lio Rush?
He stands at a height of 5′ 6″
Is Lio Rush married?
Yes, he is married and he is married to Sarah Lai Wah Green in 2018.
How much is Lio Rush worth?
He has an estimated net worth of $800,000 dollars.
How much does Lio Rush make?
The amount of salary that he earns has not yet been revealed. However, the information will be updated as soon as it is available.
Where does Lio Rush live?
He lives in Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A
Is Lio Rush dead or alive?
He is still alive and in good health.
Lio Rush Social Media
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