High-flyer Lio Rush is coming to the WWE. The company officially announced on their website today that they made a blockbuster signing in the form of 22-year-old prodigy and independent scene favorite Rush — an internationally recognized creative darling. As one of the ring’s top high-flyers, Rush and the WWE didn't waste any time introducing him to the team as Rush officially joined the WWE Performance Center today in Orlando, Fla.
For those that don't know Lio Rush, his real name is Lionel Gerard Green, and he's a two-time All-American and three-time state qualified wrestler. He began his professional wrestling career in 2014 and, in less than three years, has become one of the independent wrestling scenes hottest stars.
He debuted in 2014 at the Tribute To The Legends show and created a tag-team named "Sudden Impact" with Patrick Clark (also known as The Velveteen Dream in NXT). In 2016, he won Ring of Honor’s Top Prospect Tournament, and earlier this year, he held the Combat Zone Wrestling Heavyweight Championship.
At 160 pounds, he's definitely not big by WWE standards, but he'll make a perfect fit for a show like 205 Live and he's known for his creativity in the ring. Despite the success of monsters like Braun Strowman, today's WWE is no longer the land of the giant and there is plenty of room in the company for a "little guy".
Rush quickly became a fan favorite on the independent scene for his daredevil creativity, and the hope must be that his unique skillset will help the WWE Universe forget he's small. A wrestler like Johnny Gargano proved it's possible at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III when he and Andrade "Cien" Almas had a five-star match. Gargano is listed at 199 pounds, but in reality is far less than that.
Rush should make for an outstanding addition to either NXT or 205 Live and the WWE Universe is in for quite a treat. The only real challenge for Rush is how to pick which of his many moves to use, since some of his arsenal is a major part of some of the WWE's biggest stars repertoire.