Lio Rush has his sights set on the very top of AEW and says he wants to become the company’s first African-American AEW World Champion.
Rush recently signed on with AEW in a full-time role after a previous cameo in a Casino Battle Royale earlier this year. ‘LBO Lio’ has wasted no time in making his presence felt in the company as he has taken the impressive rookie Dante Martin under his wing, saying he’ll be Martin’s tag team partner for the time being.
But as Lio Rush explained to Forbes’ Alfred Konuwa, his sights are on the biggest prize in AEW and says that representation is crucial to allowing people to see what they can achieve:
“Representation, it changes lives. I didn’t have too many good examples of someone who can set the blueprint for somebody like me. At the time, when I was a wrestling fan, there wasn’t a short, Black, tattooed, dread-head guy who likes music from D.C. So the path that I was going, I was creating. I think that has opened up doors for a lot of people, but I want to be a world champion. I think I’m more than capable.”
“If I’m not ready for something, I’ll say I’m not ready for something. But I’m ready. I’ve been ready, I want to take that step. I want to be that guy that everybody is looking at and say ‘Man, he did it. and he did it through the face of adversity.’”
“I’ve had some ups and downs in my career, and I’ve shown time and time again that I’m not someone who’s going to just lay down and give up on my passion and my dreams. I think that’s a good role model, just in life. Wrestling aside, to see someone like myself move the way that I move in life and inspire the people who look like me is a beautiful thing.”
“I want to be that. I want to be that for everybody, and I think that I can be that. I think I have the mic skills, I think that I have the in-ring capability, I think that I’m a pretty personable and likable person. I think I’m real. I think I’m honest. This is a glass panel right here, I don’t hold anything back and I think that’s what a champion is, and I want to be the first African-American world champion in AEW.”
Scorpio Sky is the only African-American male wrestler to have held gold of any kind in AEW with he and Frankie Kazarian being the promotion’s first AEW Tag Team Champions.