Since Lio Rush was released from his WWE contract in April 2020, he has been busy on the independent wrestling scene and signed with Major League Wrestling late last year. However, he has also been working on other projects, releasing an album shortly after leaving WWE, and being cast in an upcoming Power Rangers inspired movie, ‘Legend of the White Dragon’. In November 2020, it was announced that he would be a competitor in the latest season of MTV’s ‘The Challenge: Double Agents’, a reality TV show where participants compete in various challenges for a $1 Million prize.
In the latest episode, Rush decide to leave the show. The MLW Middleweight Champion explained on ‘The Challenge Aftermath‘ that he felt he didn’t have it in him to “screw people over” since he liked a lot of the people in the house. He also said that he was uncomfortable being so far away from his pregnant wife during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I didn’t have it in me to continue to screw people over. A lot of these people, in this house, I liked it a lot, and I felt like I want it to continue, that relationship, outside of the game. And on top of my wife being pregnant, especially in the situation that the world is in right now, you know, it was scary. We just moved to LA, she’s pregnant, with two dogs, with two other boys back at home. So, I was just thinking about my wife the whole time and wishing that she didn’t get sick. And if she did get sick, I’m all the way across the world. So I don’t know, I let the game get to me.”
He went on to say that he hopes to return to the show in the future to prove to the world why he’s the ‘Man of the Hour’.
“100% the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to do was make that decision. And once the baby’s here, once the pandemic is cleared up, just a little bit, (or a lot a bit, hopefully!), I’ll have that opportunity to come back and prove to the world why I’m the Man of the Hour”.
Rush has also released a statement on Twitter, explaining his decision further, and saying that he has “experienced so much growth” on the show. He finished by thanking his fans and the people involved in ‘The Challenge’.
“To my ‘The Challenge’ fans and to all of the dope people in the house. Thank you for helping me grow. I didn’t walk away with a million dollars, but I walked away with something far much greater that I wasn’t expecting. I love you and good luck with the rest of the season. Thank you for all of the incredible memories.”
— Lio Rush (@TheLionelGreen) January 21, 2021
Lio Rush will make his debut on NJPW Strong as part of their Lion’s Break Contender event on January 29th.
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