Lio Rush has said he and Mark Henry shared a conversation as both men made their All Elite Wrestling debuts at Double Or Nothing after being involved in a public spat with one another.
Rush made his AEW debut as the surprise Joker in the Casino Battle Royal match. With a shot against AEW Champion Kenny Omega on the line in the bout Rush made a lasting first impression in front of a packed Daily’s Place. Although he didn’t win the match, AEW fans are excited to see Rush in the company, especially as he has recently been working with New Japan Pro Wrestling. The forbidden door creaks ever more open it would seem.
That was not the only surprise revealed at Double Or Nothing. Tony Schiavone took to the ring to introduce the company’s new analyst for their upcoming Rampage show on TBS. The man in question was WWE Hall Of Famer and World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry.
Rush and Henry have had somewhat of a tempestuous relationship dating back to Rush’s time in WWE. Following his departure from the company in April 2020, Henry had commented on Busted Open Radio about a situation where he claimed he had tried to help Rush navigate the political waters of the WWE locker room.
Henry had said:
“It’s not a race issue, it’s an ego issue. Who are you? Nobody is exempt from being respectful to the business and paying homage to the guys drawing money. We all have done it. Steve Austin did it, The Rock did it. You’re better than The Rock? Get the hell out of here. […] I pulled him aside the last time I saw him and told him, ‘I’m hearing stuff in the locker room, what’s wrong?’ He said nothing’s wrong, but it was a blatant lie to my face. I let him know that if he has a question, right now is the time to do that.”
Lio Rush responded to the statement by Henry with several tweets appearing to question Henry’s commitment to helping fellow African-American talent. This did not sit well with Mark Henry and threats of legal action followed with Henry claiming Rush had committed slander against him.
With both men now in the same company, although with different agreements in place. Many wondered how the two men might co-exist in another locker room environment following their falling out. Lio Rush took to social media to confirm that he and Henry had talked and noted that he was feeling positive about the future.
“For those of you wondering….Yes me and Mark Henry had a long in depth conversation last night. Looking forward to the future.”
Lio Rush debuted on NXT in October 2017. His life in WWE got off to a rocky start after Rush put out an ill-advised tweet following Emma’s release from the company. He resurfaced months later as part of the 205 Live roster before going on to act as the hype man for Bobby Lashley. That lasted until WrestleMania 35 in 2019 where Rush again spent time away from the company as rumours of ‘locker room heat’ ran rampant. He returned once again to NXT where he would win the only gold of his WWE career, the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.