WWE has signed a top prospect that has made a name for himself on the independent scene.
It was an expected signing, to say the least. WWE has officially confirmed that Lio Rush has signed with the company. WWE announced the news via an article on their website on Monday afternoon. He is slated to start training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida this week and will be featured on the NXT brand.
He wrestled for Ring of Honor in April and had spent his time wrestling on the independent scene since then. He also finished up his commitments with CZW, EVOLVE, and MCW Pro Wrestling earlier this month.
Rush started with MCW in Maryland in 2014. WWE has signed a ton of former Ring of Honor stars as of late including Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, and Bobby Fish, who have all made their WWE television debuts.
Also, Donovan Dijak is expected to be the next ROH talent that WWE announces has officially signed with them. WWE issued the following statement by announcing the signing:
“WWE has announced a blockbuster signing in the form of 22-year-old prodigy Lio Rush.
Internationally recognized as one of the ring’s top high-flyers, Rush officially joined the WWE Performance Center today in Orlando, Fla.
Born Lionel Gerard Green, of Lanham, Md., Rush wrestled in high school, becoming a two-time All-American and three-time state qualifier. He began training for sports-entertainment in 2014 and, in less than three years, has competed in 43 states, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland. In 2016, he won Ring of Honor’s Top Prospect Tournament, and earlier this year, he held the Combat Zone Wrestling Heavyweight Championship.
The 160-pounder quickly became a fan favorite on the independent scene for his daredevil creativity and unbelievable resiliency, as well as his “Dragon’s Call” finisher, a devastating frog splash that recalls D’Lo Brown’s split-leg variation. In joining the WWE PC, Rush reunites with a former tag team partner, current NXT Superstar The Velveteen Dream, with whom Rush co-held the Maryland Championship Wrestling Tag Team Titles in 2015.”
It will be interesting to see when Rush starts on the NXT brand. WWE is holding NXT TV tapings in Orlando, Florida at Full Sail University later this week, which might be the perfect time to introduce him to the WWE Universe.
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