Lio Rush Says He Was More Excited To Be A Part Of NJPW Than Signing With WWE

MLW star Lio Rush recently spoke with Alicia Atout. Here are some highlights….

On being excited to be able to work with NJPW:

“[I was] probably more excited to be a part of New Japan than I was to be signed to WWE, to be honest. I love the culture, I love the fans, they respect the art of wrestling so much.”

“Even the wrestlers themselves, I feel like they take their craft a lot more seriously when it comes to the sport and art of professional wrestling and combat. I’m super excited to be a part of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and I’m excited to show the fans that already know me a more aggressive side to Lio Rush, a more technical side of Lio Rush, and I’m excited to wrestle in front of an entirely new fan base with the Japanese audience.”

On his decision to sign with MLW:

“MLW’s a place where I wanted to work for quite some time now. I’m a good, mutual friend of Court Bauer, I know that we have a mutual friend with Wale, and ever since WaleMania, Court’s always been wanting me to be a part of MLW. As soon as the release [from WWE] happened, he had reached out to me. He made it known that he wanted to work with me in the future, even if it wasn’t right away. And it’s been one hell of an experience.”

On the professionalism of MLW:

“You don’t find too many places out there outside of WWE that are as professional as MLW is. The amount of talent there is absolutely unreal.”

Click here to watch the full interview.

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard is the owner and editor-in-chief of He is a long time contributor to, where he is known for his extensive coverage of Ohio pro wrestling and interviews with the stars of the Ohio pro wrestling scene.

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