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Lio Rush continued to respond this week to some of the reports on his backstage heat and issues with WWE.

Rush said in an interview with Fightful that his issues are not with Bobby Lashley or working with him, but with not being paid for merchandise that uses his catchphrase, and not being paid what he feels he's worth.

"My issue has never been with Bobby Lashley. Being with Bobby has helped the both of us out tremendously," Rush said. "It's given me speaking confidence I didn't know i had. I never was a promo guy on the indies. But being with Bobby made me a promo guy. My issue isn't with my on screen role. My issue is the fact that I haven't been on meet and greets with Bobby, haven't been getting paid for merchandise for us that has my catchphrases on them. (I) have been sent to live shows and TVs and forced to pay for my own rental for 5 days as well as hotel while not making enough money to do so. Walking around broke in the biggest sports entertainment industry that there is while having two kids and a wife to support."

Rush also said he believes someone in WWE is leaking false information to get him released.

WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry appeared on Busted Open Radio earlier today and spoke on the Rush situation. Henry noted that he started with WWE in 1996 and helping WWE Hall of Famer Yokozuna was one of his responsibilities.

"It's not a race issue, it's an ego issue," Henry said. "Who are you? Nobody is exempt from being respectful to the business and paying homage to the guys drawing money. We all have done it. Steve Austin did it, The Rock did it. You're better than The Rock? Get the hell out of here."

Henry also said he recently approached Rush to ask him about some of the issues. He said, "I pulled him aside the last time I saw him and told him, 'I'm hearing stuff in the locker room, what's wrong?' He said nothing's wrong, but it was a blatant lie to my face. I let him know that if he has a question, right now is the time to do that."

Regarding Rush's issues on pay, Henry said he needs to change the way he spends. Henry said, "If you can't pay for a rental car and you can't pay for a hotel with the money that you're making every week, you need to change the way you're spending. You can't blame that on the office. If you spent everything before you got it, that's your problem."

Henry is said to be a huge supporter of Rush behind-the-scenes, according to PWInsider. PWInsider also reported on the issues, noting that there has been a lot of talk about Rush's future within WWE, and there were rumors of Rush being moved back to WWE NXT in the near future.

PWInsider also reported that Rush has been a polarizing figure backstage for some time among the other wrestlers, going back to the November 2018 tour where he blew off what has been considered standard backstage etiquette for junior members of the roster on overseas tours, including being at the Gorilla position backstage to provide water to talents as they returned after their matches, and carrying coolers and drinks into the hotels where talents were staying, to set up a common area where everyone could privately socialize together. These tasks are often done to show respect to the locker room and the business as a whole. Several veterans reportedly tried to explain to Rush that he was making a mistake then, but he blew off the advice and complained to WWE officials, which didn't do him any favors. Things with Rush have calmed down in recent months, but there have been other issues. Rush allegedly has brought his friends and relatives backstage without the proper credentials, and there have been other moments where he has blown off counsel from senior members of the RAW roster.

As we've noted, Rush has been off WWE TV for a few weeks now due to the heat he has. Rush previously addressed the reports on Twitter after it was reported that he has heat due to how he makes it very clear that he should be the top guy on the RAW brand, and he's not shy about sharing these thoughts, as seen below:

In an update, PWInsider reports that there were multiple complaints made about Rush bringing his wife backstage and allowing her to change clothes in the women's locker room, dating back to the 2018 European tour. There was another incident where Rush brought a group of people backstage at a 2018 TV taping. The group allegedly were stopped for not all having proper credentials and they loudly began yelling at a female member of WWE's security crew, which obviously didn't sit well with others backstage. A veteran talent, not Balor, reportedly tried to talk to Rush about the issues but he was told by Rush that he "works for Vince, not you." WWE officials later approached that veteran talent as Rush complained about getting spoke to by the talent, because he was not an executive in the company and was "Rush's equal, not his boss." Word of this made the rounds and that led to Rush being removed from the locker room for a period of time after the tour and that's when his issues became less of a regular occurrence backstage. That has changed in recent weeks.

Despite the problems, Rush was reportedly recently offered a new five-year contract, said to be in the range of $300,000. Rush reportedly turned that offer down and asked for double the pay. His current contract expires in 2020 some time. Regarding the rumors of sending Rush back to NXT, the idea would be to build him a new character and present him as something more than just a mouthpiece. Rush reportedly suggested, at least once, that WWE should release him so he can "show them" what he can accomplish outside of the company. There's no word yet on when Rush will return to WWE TV, but he has reportedly been pulled from the upcoming European tour, a decision made a week ago. Rush has been backstage for RAW, but obviously not used.
Source: https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2019/05/lio-rush-talks-wwe-pay-issues-653699/
 

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So there is something I am wondering. Is that $300,000 over 5 years, or $300,000 per year (for 5 years)? Because if its per year, then Lio Rush is a huge fucking dumbass for trying to get his offer doubled despite the fact that A) He has massive heat backstage, and B) He's massively overvaluing himself.
 

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So there is something I am wondering. Is that $300,000 over 5 years, or $300,000 per year (for 5 years)? Because if its per year, then Lio Rush is a huge fucking dumbass for trying to get his offer doubled despite the fact that A) He has massive heat backstage, and B) He's massively overvaluing himself.
its per year.
 

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Re: Lio Rush Reportedly Turns Down New WWE Offer But Says He's "Broke", Mark Henry Responds

Both sides have merit, Lio should absolutely be getting some cut of the merch sales and he should be at those M&G's with Bobby. On the other hand Henry may have a point that Lio isn't using his money well, I follow him on IG and Lio is copping 3,000 & 4,000 dollar chains kind of on the regular. Double-edged sword here.

Unless he's truly unhappy in WWE though, he should definitely take that 300,000 per year.
 

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Already a giant thread on this.

New deal though? He should already have one foot out the door. He's a big fucking baby. At least when Enzo got kicked off that bus and hated on by some of the boys after he acted out, he didn't play the victim and act like he was in the right.
 

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Lio Rush sounds like the new Enzo. You never go full Enzo :p

I do agree that the man should get a cut on merch sales though but this is an area I am not entirely entitled to really have an opinion on, I am not sure how WWE's marketing works and how it;s financial distribution is planned.
 

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Can't count someone else's pockets, but if he is indeed buying new jewelry on the regular he can't really complain about feeding his kids.

I'm totally on his side on this one though. It sounds like he is a bit of a douche, but he has every right not to play water boy to Bobby fucking lashly... ! And I like Bobby a great deal. As a man though, lio has the right to demand to be treated as one.

Wwe is not a sports team ( their hazing practices are bullshit as well though) . If every performer is an "independent contractor" they should have no obligation to "pay dues" to some other performer. They need to get over themselves and with the times. You're a publicly traded company, not a damn carnival.

It's time for them to stop treating their employees like pledges, and start giving people the respect they deserve. Not respect their forced to jump through hoops to earn.

I know it's the cool thing to do to shit on wwe, and I'm definitely no bandwagon jumper, but these reports are disgusting.

Mark Henry, and Booker t for that matter.... we's is free now. You can stop tap dancing! They make me sick...
 

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. There was also an incident where Rush brought a group backstage at a TV taping last year and when the group were stopped for not all having proper credentials, the group loudly began yelling at a female member of WWE's security team, which did not ingratiate Rush to certain members of the locker room.
Lio Is lucky he didn't get fired after this shit
 

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I'd fire his ass and unleash his attitude problems on AEW. Dude is tiny and won't draw a dime in North America because of it.
 

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There is no hero in this.

As archaic and carny as the "rookie/vet" system is, that is the culture there and if you are going to sign with the company and look to be a star, you're going to have to assimilate to it. You're on their terms, not yours. Everyone had to go through, Rush is no different or special.

That said, Rush also brings up a point that he ultimately works for Vince and not the wrestlers. They do not sign his checks at the end of the day. As immature and young as he is, he shouldn't have to be subjected to something he doesn't have to do but ultimately will need to do if he wants to reach a certain level.

Carny shit is carny, what can I tell you? Rush will be gone soon, though.
 

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Here's the mentioned PWInsider article https://www.pwinsider.com/article/126136/lio-rushwwe-updates-including-the-latest-on-his-status-lio-on-his-heat-mark-henry-comments-on-lios-issues-and-more.html?p=1

They say at least they have multiple sources about it. Sapp also said regarding Lio's claim that the rumours just come down to one person hating him, he spoke with multiple people about Lio's problems.
In his Fightful interview I think Lio brought inadvertently up an important topic, it is known talents have even to pay for rentals and hotels. But it will probably be easy to ignore that point for the company, since Lio seems by all indications to be rather notoriously making stuff up and digging his own hole.
 

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I'd like to know who the veterans were that he supposedly disrespected.
That makes two of us. What defines a veteran? Number of years in WWE? Years in wrestling in general? placement on the card? likeability?
I remember a certain someone who claimed he was the lockerroom leader, which is bs. You´re not a leader just because you´re booked at the top spot.
 

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Another thing I forgot to mention. Its total bullshit they have to come out of their own pocket for travel expenses if they can't work other promotions. Wwe needs to decide if these guys are independent contractors or not.

One thing that's always pissed me off about the work force is a job expected you to cash your check and give it right back to them.

I used to work at a grocery store and they would try and pressure us into doing our grocery shopping with them. My response "fuck you". If you work somewhere to earn a check, you shouldn't have to spend money to keep working there. How is that not free labor?
 

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There is no hero in this.

As archaic and carny as the "rookie/vet" system is, that is the culture there and if you are going to sign with the company and look to be a star, you're going to have to assimilate to it. You're on their terms, not yours. Everyone had to go through, Rush is no different or special.

That said, Rush also brings up a point that he ultimately works for Vince and not the wrestlers. They do not sign his checks at the end of the day. As immature and young as he is, he shouldn't have to be subjected to something he doesn't have to do but ultimately will need to do if he wants to reach a certain level.

Carny shit is carny, what can I tell you? Rush will be gone soon, though.
You gotta respect the value that he sees in himself but you gotta carry yourself in a manner in which can succeed in that environment. It definitely seems like a case of a hardheaded youngster.
 

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I've already said what I wanted to say on the topic of Rush's ongoing situation with the company, so I'm not going to beat a dead horse. Moreover, everyone wants to argue against Rush, but it takes two to tango and I don't think that this is entirely on Rush. Again, if you've worked hard to reach this point in your career, I fail to see how being another person's flunky is good for your self-esteem. And you couldn't have made it this far without having a true appreciation and respect for the wrestling business.

There's always two sides to the story but no one wants to dig deeper. No, they're convinced that Rush is the one who's in the wrong and end of story. How can we speculate on information that we aren't privy to? That is to say, we're never going to get the whole story except for the opinions from people working behind the scenes. Perhaps, this is an example of a person is too smart for your own good. Or, he's too proud to admit to himself that he could've handled a situation differently. I don't know. However, I believe that we all can agree on one thing, his days with the company are numbered.

:damn

Most importantly, Rush should know that positivity doesn't sell newspapers. That is, most people in life are only conerned with reading about the dirt on other people to make themselves feel better.



A story from PWInsider had also been published this week, stating that Rush refused to "pay his dues" so to speak by providing water to veterans on a European tour, as is the case with many main roster rookies. Rush would address that as well.

"It's not about race and it has never been, but public perception is important to me and when we have fans that travel all over the globe and watch us get off of buses and into hotels, the LOOK of a black kid carrying waters and bags for other wrestlers is just not a good look, especially when I'm trying to portray myself as a superstar as well," Rush told us.

On Saturday, Fightful revealed that there was a situation that garnered heat on Rush involving Finn Balor. Several Fightful sources stated that Balor let Lio Rush know that Vince McMahon and other management would probably look down on Rush's wife sitting in on rehearsals. Rush would somewhat deny that story, and instead blame someone else.

"Me and Finn are cool, and my wife has never been an issue. There is someone who works for WWE who has hated me since the day I've worked for ROH and now that they work for WWE they're leaking false information to get me released. At a certain point, I have to defend myself so that's what I decided to do. We're all human, and we're all grown ass adults. The kind of shit the flies backstage is ridiculous and I'm surprised more people aren't speaking up," Rush said.

As far as Lio's disappointment with how wrestling media covered the story, he opened up about that, and the way that he'd like to see things handled.

"These sheets should spread positive messages to the world but they only want to spread false, negative reports to damage someone else's career. What's wrong with spreading truth? Thank you for reaching out to me, and I appreciate you for doing that. I honestly do. I've never been about the BS or politics or anything else rather than showing up to work, doing my job and providing for my family. I grew up in the worst parts of DC, and certain things that I was taught will always stick with me and why I've gotten to where I am now in life. I realize that people will talk regardless of how much positivity you try and push out into the world," Rush closed.


Furthermore, Rush has opened a can of worms. If true, I want to acknowledge it and I don't want to gloss over this like others will. In my opinion, it must have something to do with the language in his contract. If so, that's on him and/or his lawyer. Not to mention, this might shed some light on why he has turned down a new contract offer from the WWE.

The problem I've with Henry is, he's for the company first and I don't think Rush needs a company man in his ear. On the other hand, Rush must speak one-on-one with somebody and hash out his conerns and discrepancies or grievances against the working conditions. Unfortunately, that person won't be Mr. MaMahon. So, I don't know whose responsibility it is to speak to the talent and deal with the negotiation of new contracts. That sucks if the person is Hunter.



My issue isn't with my on screen role. My issue is the fact that I haven't been on meet & greets with Bobby, haven't been getting paid for merchandise for us that has my catchphrases on them.
https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/exclusive-lio-rush-gives-fightful-his-side-wwe-heat-rumors
 

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I hope Lio Rush next week calls management and tells them he is ready to sign if they now triple the money. Also the wanted reality TV series about him and his wife should now also include extra episodes about his parents. And his wife shall not be present at his rehearsals, she shall also be present on all meetings of Vince McMahon.

Its obvious with the current discussions they don't want to fire him (I think Meltzer is right when he said that in the past he would have been fired for way less things happening), may as well have some fun doubling down on any refused wish.
 
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