Six months ago, Lio Rush probably wouldn't have predicted the position he would be in right in now with WWE.
Rush actually got off to a rocky start with the company after signing on the dotted line in 2017.
He impressed in the ring against The Velveteen Dream but it was his social media joke about former superstar Emma that got him in hot water and scorned by fellow superstars.
His short run on 205 Live in mid-2018 though revitalised him, and soon after his skills on the microphone were utilised as he was paired with Bobby Lashley, who was struggling to connect with fans following his return.
The pairing was successful for a while, with Lashley capturing the Intercontinental Championship twice and Rush being somewhat entertaining as his sidekick, and WrestleMania 35 was the last time we saw the two together.
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Rush then took time away from WWE, and in May removed all mentions of WWE off of his social media and added an email for 'booking enquiries' in his Twitter and Instagram bio, which looked like the heat surrounding him had gotten too much for the company to handle.
In a surprise twist though, Rush returned to action last month where it all began for him in WWE - NXT - and he was immediately thrust into the Cruiserweight Championship picture.
Rush defeated Oney Lorcan two weeks ago in a number-one contender match, and he challenged Drew Gulak at Full Sail last night for the title, which is now under the NXT banner for good.
He displayed all the technical abilities that could make him one of the biggest babyfaces on the brand - lightning quick, incredibly agile and pulls out all the high-flying moves - but Gulak almost had him with his Cyclone Crash finisher.
Rush got a foot to the rope though, and soon enough after an Eddie Guerrero-inspired Frog Splash and a beautiful springboard Stunner, Rush put away the champion with The Final Hour splash.
Full Sail went nuts as Rush became the new champion, proving that not only does the 205 Live brand belong on NXT, but that he's won the trust back of the locker room and the hearts of WWE fans.News Now - Sport News