Lio Rush On If Pro Wrestling Embraces African American Culture


From Mark Henry to Booker T to Bobby Lashley to African-American-only factions like “Hit Row Records” and “The New Day,” the wrestling industry, in general, has made a huge progress with all ethnicities as top talent.

Currently, WWE and All Elite Wrestling have African American talent holding championship gold and it has been that way for several years, with stars like Bobby Lashley, Big E and Scorpio Sky recently holding major championships.

During an exclusive Wrestling Inc. interview with Editor Nick Hausman, Rush offered his thoughts on how the wrestling industry is currently embracing the culture of African Americans.

“I think the business is moving forward, it’s not moving as fast as a lot of people would like, but I definitely think it’s moving forward,” Rush said. “A step forward is a step forward, you know what I mean? So I like where he’s at right now, where he’s heading, you can see where he’s heading and where progress is being made.

Rush thinks we’re starting to see more African American talent being showcased “in every promotion,” not just AEW, WWE, and Impact.

“You start to see how talented we are, you start to see how marketable we can be and that’s a beautiful thing,” Rush said. “You see so many different characters and so many different layers of what an African American talent is. We’re not just a musical artist or we’re not just a hoodlum. I love seeing the direction in the development of the character of black professional wrestlers in wrestling right now.”

As for the rest of his career, the 27-year-old has a new EP [extended play] album titled “Not Found 2″mout now. Rush last wrestled in January for PWG at the Battle of Los Angeles pay-per-view against AEW Superstar Buddy Matthews. His contract expired with AEW expired earlier this year and the star has yet to make an appearance for any other company since, although he is currently signed to New Japan Pro Wrestling.


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