In the episode of 205 Live on January 24, Lio Rush was defeated by Tony Nese by count-out. In the episode of 205 Live on February 7, Rush participated in an untitled Triple Threat match that also included NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin and Tony Nese but the match was won by the champion.
On the February 12 episode of NXT, Rush defeated Angel Garza, becoming the new No. 1 contender at Jordan Devlin's NXT Cruiserweight Championship. On the February 19 episode of NXT, Rush faced Jordan Devlin for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship but was defeated.
In the episode of 205 Live on February 28, Rush defeated Tony Nese by disqualification due to the intervention of Mike Kanellis. On April 15, 2020, WWE officially announced Rush's firing. In a recent interview on The Wrestling Inc.
Daily, Lio Rush discussed his WWE release, the disconnect between him and WWE management, and much more.
Lio Rush on his WWE release
“I’m not gonna say that there weren’t mistakes made by me. I’m sure that even if I was right or wrong, I feel like on my part maybe, it could have been handled a little bit differently.
I think my feelings with certain situations were right, and I had a right to feel that way, but I’m not going to just put the blame completely on one person on one side of the story. There’s a difference between somebody who’s been doing this for years and for a long time and somebody in my position that started out when I was 18 years old and accomplished so many things in the time span that I accomplished them.
I hate bringing this up, and I never want this to be a topic of discussion, but in my world, it plays a part. It plays a part in being young. It plays a part being a young African-American, and it plays a part with me being confident in myself.
And I feel like a lot of the confusion with everybody–there’s a very fine line between cockiness and confidence, and I feel like a lot of people think that I’m more on the cocky side because I am so young, but I just believe in myself.
I held myself to a certain point where I put my all into whatever I’m doing, and I push myself. And a lot of people don’t like that I guess. I’m not sure, but if I wasn’t that way, I wouldn’t be in the position that I’m in today.
I wouldn’t have accomplished the things that I’ve accomplished, so I’m not ashamed of being who I am because it has made me successful" - Lio Rush said.