Former WWE Superstar and NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Lio Rush, took to social media yesterday to reveal an email he had sent to WWE management regarding “hazing” practices, where he was asked to buy drinks and carry luggage for tenured wrestlers within the company.

This email would seem to shed some light on reports and stories that leaked last year regarding Rush’s status in the locker room and with uneven standing with WWE in general. Rush states that:

For too long now I’ve dealt with a lot of bad publicity, rumours and stories on the internet that attack, not just me as a wrestler, but attack my integrity. The attacks on my character have gone on too long without my side being heard. – Lio Rush, IG

The full email and Instagram post can be found here:

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For too long now I’ve dealt with a lot of bad publicity, rumours and stories on the internet that attack, not just me as a wrestler, but attack my integrity. The attacks on my character have gone on too long without my side being heard. With everything going on in the world and a lot of social issues being brought to the forefront, I have to empower others by empowering myself. How can we expect change without sharing the experiences that illustrate the insensitivities that divide us? Please be clear, I am in no way insinuating that the WWE is a racist company, nor am I commenting on the racial attitudes of any of the companies individuals. However, this email shows that I expressed concerns of racial insensitivity and my feelings as a young African American male to the WWE office during the incidents that have brought so much negativity to my name. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter – Martin Luther King #SpeakingOut

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As noted in the email above, Rush felt that it was this unwillingness to perform these demands that directly lead to his backstage heat within the company. Stating that negative talks, along with “false” accusations (citing a rumor that his wife had entered the women’s locker room in 2019 during a European Tour), were being done with the sole purpose of “damaging [his] professional reputation”.

Rush ends his post by saying he in no way considers WWE to be a racist company, nor its employees/wrestlers. Simply the post was to: “[S]how that I expressed concerns of racial insensitivity and my feelings as a young African American male to the WWE office during the incidents that have brought so much negativity to my name” – Lio Rush, IG

Lio Rush was released from his WWE contract on April 15, 2020, as part of budget cuts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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