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Why People In WWE Aren’t Happy With Lio Rush Saying He’s Broke

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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (May 11, 1991) – WCW Power Hour

On this day in 1991, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Power Hour’.

This episode featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW SuperBrawl I’ PPV.

The card can be found below:

– El Gigante vs. Joe Cruz

– Big Van Vader vs. Rick Hardrock

– Terry Taylor vs. Greg Sawyer

– The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Terry Bronson & Tim Parker

– Danger Zone: Sting

– Ron Simmons vs. Mike Samples

– Nikita Koloff vs. Tommy Angel

– Missy Hyatt attacks Paul E.

– Barry Windham & Arn Anderson vs. Mr. Saito & Masahiro Chono (from NJPW)

– TV Title Match: Arn Anderson vs. Brian Pillman

• Why People In WWE Aren’t Happy With Lio Rush Saying He’s Broke

There are a lot of rumors going on regarding why Lio Rush has backstage heat in WWE.

Fightful recently reached out to Rush and Rush cleared everything up. Below are the highlights:

On being broke while working for WWE:

“My issue has never been with Bobby (Lashley). Being with Bobby has helped the both of us out tremendously. It’s given me speaking confidence I didn’t know i had. I never was a promo guy on the indies. But being with Bobby made me a promo guy. My issue isn’t with my on screen role.

My issue is the fact that I haven’t been on meet & greets with Bobby, haven’t been getting paid for merchandise for us that has my catchphrases on them. (I) have been sent to live shows and TVs and forced to pay for my own rental for 5 days as well as hotel while not making enough money to do so.

Walking around broke in the biggest sports entertainment industry that there is while having two kids and a wife to support.”

On rumors of him getting heat for not ‘paying his dues’ backstage:

“It’s not about race and it has never been, but public perception is important to me and when we have fans that travel all over the globe and watch us get off of buses and into hotels, the LOOK of a black kid carrying waters and bags for other wrestlers is just not a good look, especially when I’m trying to portray myself as a superstar as well.”

On rumors of having an issue with Finn Balor after Balor told him that Vince McMahon might not like Rush’s wife attending rehearsals:

“Me and Finn are cool, and my wife has never been an issue. There is someone who works for WWE who has hated me since the day I’ve worked for ROH and now that they work for WWE they’re leaking false information to get me released.

At a certain point, I have to defend myself so that’s what I decided to do. We’re all human, and we’re all grown a$$ adults. The kind of sh*t that flies backstage is ridiculous and I’m surprised more people aren’t speaking up.”

Mike Johnson of PWInsider recently had the following to say about the backstage reaction to Rush saying he’s broke:

“There’s a lot of people in the company who are very upset with him about the claim that he wasn’t making a liveable wage and we’ve heard from a number of wrestlers that if he wasn’t making a liveable wage, why was he able to bring his wife with him on the road every weekend and why was he flying in first class with his wife as often as he was?

There were a number of times wrestlers saw him or passed him in first class or sat with him in first class or passed by him to go to coach so there were some people who were not happy with him.”

        
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