Anybody who’s followed Lio Rush’s career in WWE from a backstage perspective has seen countless reports of backstage heat surrounding the 24-year-old. The biggest evidence of this being somewhat true came when Rush made a joke through Twitter surrounding Emma (Tenille Dashwood’s) release from the company.
This seemingly harmless joke received a plethora of backlash from wrestlers and referees in the industry, including Rosa Mendes, Sean Waltman (X-Pac), Bray Wyatt, Peyton Royce, Tessa Blanchard, Buddy Murphy, Dash Wilder, Jack Gallagher, Scott Armstrong and others. This was just one very evident case of Rush perhaps not being the most popular guy behind the scenes.
With Rush believing he should be a big-time player on Monday Night Raw, he reportedly drew even more ire from his colleagues backstage. He’d take to Twitter Thursday, releasing a statement discussing the rumors of that heat and going into details about his own personal dreams, obstacles he had to overcome and more.
“The fact of the matter is no matter what you do you do in life, no matter what route you take, you’ll always have people out there that’ll try to tear you down. Tell you that you can’t be or do something. Try to stomp on your name and [halt] your success. The fact of the matter is that I love what I do and have been in love with the dreams of being in the current position that I’m in now since I was 5 years old.
The fact of the matter is that I am a young, hungry, and humble husband and father of two boys who believes in himself more than anybody will ever believe in me. The fact of the matter is that I am a passionate African American male in America who takes my passion seriously and will do whatever it takes to change me and my family’s situation. The fact of the matter is that I’ve overcome neglect, suicide, anxiety, depression, and everything else at a very young age that a human of my current age should never have to go through.
The fact of the matter is that you can beat these demons, achieve what you’ve sought out to achieve. The fact of the matter is that I do what I do for the people like me. For the people who struggle, for the people who fight, for the kids who dream and for the men and woman with hope. The fact of the matter is that you don’t always know the facts and that’s ok.”Lio Rush, Twitter
Nobody truly knows what goes on behind closed doors. Still, Rush is allowed to feel as confident in his abilities as anybody else. Whether or not he’s made mistakes along the way, he’d be far from the first and certainly not the last to do so. At the same time, sometimes saying less is more.