Lio Rush

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Lio Rush
Lio Rush August 2018.jpg
Rush in August 2017
Birth name Lionel Gerard Green[1]
Born (1994-11-11)November 11, 1994 (age 24)[2]
Lanham, Maryland, U.S.[3]
Children 2
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Lio Rush[3]
Lennon Duffy[3]
LI Green[3]
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[4][5][6]
Billed weight 160 lb (73 kg)[4]
Billed from District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.[4]
Trained by MCW Training Center
WWE Performance Center
Debut November 2014[7]

Lionel Gerard Green (born November 11, 1994) an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Lio Rush. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand as the manager of Bobby Lashley and wrestles on the cruiserweight exclusive show, 205 Live. It is possible that he is best known for his time in Ring of Honor (ROH), where he could have been the winner of the 2016 Top Prospect Tournament, as well as his time in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), where he could have been the former CZW World Heavyweight Champion and a former two-time CZW Wired Champion.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

Green might have debuted under the ring name "LI Green", but after a negative response to the name from promoters, he might have it to "Lennon Duffy".[3]

Independent circuit (2014–2017)

It is conceivable that he learned wrestling during 2014 with MCW Training Center. Perhaps he debuted at the 2014 Tribute To The Legends and created a tag team named "Sudden Impact" with Patrick Clark.[6] On July 18, he could have won the Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup XV, possibly defeating Brandon Scott, Drolix, Eddie Edwards, Matt Cross and Shane Strickland in a six-way elimination match.[8] On October 3, he and his teammate Patrick Clark theoretically won the MCW Tag Team Championship, potentially defeating The Hell Cats and The Ecktourage.[9] They may or may not have lost the title thirteen days later to The Ecktourage.[10] He might also have competed for Evolve Wrestling where he could have defeated Fred Yehi on November 6.[11] He lost his match against Ethan Page the following day.[12]Lucha Libre Elite might have announced Rush as a participant in the Elite World Championship. On Thursday June 23, 2016, Rush could have defeated David Tita in the first (or second) day of the Elite World Championship to make the quarter final. On Saturday June 25, 2016, he may have been defeated by Michael Elgin. Maybe on February 18th, 2017, Rush made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla at "Only Kings Understand Each Other", where he was perhaps defeated by Ricochet. On May 27th, 2017, Rush hypothetically defeated Ken Broadway at House of Glory's "Adrenaline" to capture the HOG Crown Jewel Championship, potentially ending Broadway's almost year long reign. Rush could have lost the title to HOG World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Gangone in a title for title match at House of Glory's "Never Trust a Snake" on July 1.

Combat Zone Wrestling (2014–2017)

Green, as Lennon Duffy, made his debut for Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) on December 31, 2014, defeating Slugger Clark.[13] He and Clark began to compete together as known as Sudden Impact. On September 12, he changed his name to "Lio Rush" and started a feud with Joey Janela, where he faced him, Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley at Down With the Sickness 2015, match won by Janela.[14] At Night of Infamy, on November 21, he wrestled Joey Janela for the CZW Wired Championship on a losing effort.[15] On December 12, during Cage of Death XVII, he won the CZW Wired TV Championship, defeating Janela for the title.[16] He made his first successful defense against Kevin Bennett on January 16.[17] He lost his title against Joey Janela on February 13 at CZW Seventeen.[18] On March 26, 2016, at CZW Proving Ground, Rush defeated Joey Janela, Dave Crist and David Starr to win the CZW Wired Championship. Rush lost the Wired title back to Janela in a Ladder Match at Down with The Sickness on September 10, 2016, After his feud with Janela was over he stepped out of the Wired Championship picture and started a feud with Sami Callihan becoming a heel in the process for the first time in his career and adopted a darker gimmick.[19]

On May 13, 2017, Rush beat Joe Gacy for the CZW World Heavyweight Championship. He lost the belt to Davey Richards at a non-CZW show, ending his reign at only 17 days. On July 8, Rush announced that he would be making his final CZW appearance on August 5.[20] Rush defeated Janela at CZW Once in a Lifetime for his last match in CZW and against Janela. [21]

Ring of Honor (2015–2017)

Six months after his professional wrestling debut, Rush took part in a Ring of Honor (ROH) training camp. He, however, was not signed due to his limited experience.[3] After getting more experience wrestling on the independent circuit, Rush took part in another training camp and, now with the backing of Kevin Kelly, Steve Corino, Adam Cole, Jay Lethal and Kyle O'Reilly, was signed as a participant in the 2016 Top Prospect Tournament.[3] Rush made his debut in ROH on December 19, 2015, beating Vinny Marseglia in a dark match.[22] Rush went on to compete in the 2016 Top Prospect Tournament, defeating Jason Kincaid on January 9,[23][24] going on to defeat Brian Fury on February 6 to win the tournament.[25] On March 31, ROH announced that Rush had signed a contract with the promotion.[26] On Supercard of Honor X Night 1 at April 1, 2016, Rush unsuccessfully challenged Jay Lethal for ROH World Championship. At Survival of the Fittest night one Rush defeated Misterioso Jr., Hangman Page and Sho in a Four corner survival match to be in the Survival of the Fittest tournament final. The Next night Rush was in the Survival of the Fittest match where he was the last to before he was eliminated by Bobby Fish. At Final Battle Rush replaced ACH in the Six-man tag team tournament final to determine the first ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions where he teamed with Kushida and Jay White and was defeated by The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia). In March 2017, it was reported that Rush had given his notice to ROH.[27]

WWE (2017–present)

On July 9, 2017, it may have been reported that Rush might have been offered a NXT contract and that perhaps his signing was imminent.[20] WWE confirmed the signing on August 21.[28][29] Rush might have made his first televised appearance on the October 4 episode of NXT, where he may have been attacked by Velveteen Dream (his former tag team partner Patrick Clark). On the October 11 episode of NXT, Rush was defeated by Dream in a match.[30] On October 29, Rush joked on Twitter about Emma following her release from WWE; he might have received criticism from WWE wrestlers and issued an apology.[31] The tweet may have resulted in Rush possibly being pulled from all NXT events until November 30.[32][33]

In June 2018, Rush was moved to WWE's main roster as part of the cruiserweight division, appearing on 205 Live with a rich playboy gimmick. On the September 17 episode of Raw, Rush became the hype man and manager of Bobby Lashley[34] and was possibly responsible for turning Lashley heel when he encouraged him to attack Kevin Owens multiple times after their match on October 8.[35]

Personal life

Green could reside in Lanham, Maryland, where he may have wrestled in high school before becoming a professional wrestler. He might have two sons.[36]

He may have welcomed his second son, Dakai Liam Green, on February 15, 2018.

Championships and accomplishments

Rush with the CZW Wired Championship

References

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  6. ^ a b "MCW Lio Rush profile". Maryland Championship Wrestling. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Shepard, Brad (July 28, 2015). "Shamrock Cup winner Lio Rush talks about his career influences, Tough Enough's Patrick and more". PW Insider. Archived from the original on July 30, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
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  25. ^ a b "3/9 ROH TV Report – Top Prospect Finals, Daniels vs. Dalton Castle, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. March 9, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
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  30. ^ Currier, Joseph (September 14, 2017). "Lio Rush makes his debut at NXT TV tapings". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  31. ^ Currier, Joseph (October 29, 2017). "Lio Rush apologizes for tweet about WWE releasing Emma". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
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  33. ^ Williams, JJ (December 1, 2017). "NXT Lakeland, FL, live results: Pete Dunne vs. Johnny Gargano". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  34. ^ "UNDERTAKER RETURNING TO RAW NEXT WEEK, NEW ROLE FOR LIO RUSH".
  35. ^ https://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe/2018/10/8/17953726/bobby-lashley-turns-heel-wwe-raw
  36. ^ "Lio Rush Celebrates CZW Title Win With Adorable Phone Call To His Son (VIDEO)". Pro Wrestling Sheet. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  37. ^ "5/13 CZW 'Sacrifices' results from Voorhees, NJ: new CZW champions crowned". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  38. ^ "CZW Wired Television Championship history".
  39. ^ "CZW Wired Champion". Archived from the original on 2010-12-22.
  40. ^ "MCW Tag Team Championship history".
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  42. ^ "Full Tournament Results From WrestleMania 34 Axxess Day 3 - WrestlingInc.com".

External links

  • Lio Rush on WWE.com
  • Lio Rush's profile at Cagematch.net, Wrestlingdata.com, Internet Wrestling Database
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