“An Attack On My Integrity”- Former WWE Superstar Opens Up About Racial Insensitivity At WWE

Published 06/06/2020, 1:46 PM EDT

Lio Rush has up and done it again! In a post on Instagram, he replied to a ‘hostile work environment’ themed post by another Instagrammer.

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Rush objected to one of the tasks that WWE asked him to do. WWE expects new superstars on the roaster to do chores and other work of long-term superstars once in a while.

He found this in bad taste and that as an African-American he thought it to be insulting and racially insensitive.

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Rush wasted no time putting up his views on Instagram but doesn’t tag WWE as a racist company. He just wanted to share an incident he thought needed attention now that the issue of racial insensitivity is being brought to light.

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For too long now I’ve dealt with a lot of bad publicity, rumours and stories on the internet that attack, not just me as a wrestler, but attack my integrity. The attacks on my character have gone on too long without my side being heard. With everything going on in the world and a lot of social issues being brought to the forefront, I have to empower others by empowering myself. How can we expect change without sharing the experiences that illustrate the insensitivities that divide us? Please be clear, I am in no way insinuating that the WWE is a racist company, nor am I commenting on the racial attitudes of any of the companies individuals. However, this email shows that I expressed concerns of racial insensitivity and my feelings as a young African American male to the WWE office during the incidents that have brought so much negativity to my name. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter – Martin Luther King #SpeakingOut

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Lio Rush has had a very controversial career so far in the short time he’s been in the WWE universe. He came under a lot of fire when he ignored the advice of Finn Bálor and Mark Henry.

His attitude and lack of respect for superiors are often brought into questioning as an issue that can ruin his career. It would mean a lot of potential going to waste.

Rush recently turned down a contract of $ 300,00 offered to him by WWE and asked corporate to double that amount.

He even took to social media to criticize WWE’s recent decision to re-sign laid-off employees and superstars on lower-wage contracts, saying it was like “a slap in the face.”

Lio Rush blasts WWE on social media more times than they can handle

He claims that he has been the target of a lot of hate on social media for a long time and is sick of it. Rush may be opinionated but we must consider the fact that he’s a bit of a loose cannon as well.

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Lio Rush takes to social media every time something displeases him in his working environment and most of the time it involves WWE. Rush is also very explicit in his posts and spares no details.

The damage to the image and awkward position he puts WWE in may not be appreciated by corporate. They might seriously be considering letting him go after all.

However, that won’t be a lesson enough for Rush. He even issued a statement in which he encouraged WWE to let him go to show then what he can do!

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Lio Rush may be seeking a change, but he may be taking it too far, blasting WWE twice in a week. He must tread lightly from now.

Is he right in what he says? Do we need someone like Rush highlighting the shortcomings of WWE? We can’t judge. Any way you look at it, it’s Lio Rush in the spotlight.

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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