Lio Rush likes to talk a lot and he’s very good at being a loud mouth. Sometimes he can get a little ahead of himself but when Emma was released by the WWE, he found himself in the middle of a media shit storm.
When Emma (now known as Tenille Dashwood) was released from WWE she had just come off of a two-match series against Asuka. She lost both matches, but did her job well. Then she was released and it was a pretty big surprise because being Asuka’s first opponent on the main roster was something that a lot of women were vying for.
While speaking to Chasing Glory, Lio Rush talked about what went through his mind when he tweeted out: “I guess these are the things that happen when you’re not TRULY ready for Asuka.”
Rush said that he didn’t think it was a big deal at the time and decided to leave the tweet up in spite of advise to take it down.
“It hit me so fast and hard I remember I was sitting at a Waffle House when I tweeted that out. I didn’t even mean it in the slightest way to be hurtful or anything.
I remember being so entertained with what Asuka was doing and her saying that nobody is ready for Asuka, and honestly, it was so stupid. People tried to tell me that they think I should take the tweet down and I didn’t really see the negative in it at all and I even left it up when somebody told me to take it down. I was like, no, it’s fine, I didn’t mean it in a negative way.”
The reaction to Lio Rush’s tweet was pretty scathing throughout the IWC. Tenille Dashwood has a large and passionate fan base who were not pleased. On top of that he was making a joke about someone losing their job.
“It isn’t like I am bashing her or anything like that. Then I started seeing hundreds of comments and then thousands of comments and people just raining down on me and I was thinking, man, I messed up really bad, really, really bad.
I felt so bad and reached out to Emma and at first I had mixed feelings about it and then ultimately I just realised I messed up and it was such a sensitive and real moment and it was new to me because I never really seen WWE tweet anything out like that where they were releasing a WWE Superstar. So, I thought, oh, this is different. I just wasn’t thinking and wasn’t aware of the situation and how real the situation was.”
So it sounds like everything was mended and there is no heat between the two. At the time of his tweet, Lio Rush was just starting his journey as a WWE Superstar in NXT and wasn’t even on their television show as of yet. He avoided a huge bullet for handling the situation appropriately.
Quotes are from Chasing Glory and Ringside News