Lio Rush

Sep 15, 2017 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Lionel Gerard Green
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 161 lbs.
Date of birth: November 11, 1994
From: Lanham, Maryland
Pro debut: November 2014
Trained at: MCW Training Center
Finishing move: The Final Hour


– Green began his career as ‘Li Green’, but soon changed to ‘Lennon Duffy’
– In mid-2015, Green became known as ‘Lio Rush’, he would garner the nickname Man of the Hour (MOTH).
– On July 18, 2015, Rush won the Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup XV, defeating Brandon Scott, Drolix, Eddie Edwards, Matt Cross and Shane Strickland in a six-way elimination match.
– On December 12, Rush defeated Joey Janela to win the CZW Wired TV Title
– A week later, Rush made his debut in Ring of Honor, beating Vinny Marseglia in a dark match.
– On January 16, 2016, Rush defeated Kevin Bennett to retain the CZW Wired TV Title
– On February 6, Rush won the ROH Top Prospect Tournament, defeating Brian Fury & Punisher Martinez
– On February 27, Rush fought MCW Heavyweight Champion Ryan McBride to a no-contest
– On March 26, Rush defeated Joey Janela, Dave Crist & David Starr to win the CZW Wired TV Title
– On May 29, Rush defeated CWE Television Champion Tyler Colton by DQ
– On July 9, Rush defeated AR Fox to retain the CZW Wired TV Title
– On July 16, Rush won his second Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup in a row, defeating Sonjay Dutt, Jason Kincaid, Tommaso Ciampa, Joe Keys & Travis Gordon
– On August 13, Rush defeated John Silver to retain the CZW Wired TV Title
– On February 18, 2017, Rush made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla at “Only Kings Understand Each Other”, where he was defeated by Ricochet.
– On May 13, Rush defeated Joe Gacy in a CZW Rules Match to win the CZW World Title
– On May 27, Rush defeated Ken Broadway to win the HOG Crown Jewel Title
– In the summer of 2017, Rush signed a WWE developmental contract.
– Rush debuted in NXT at the September 14, 2017 tapings, where he was attacked by the Velveteen Dream (his former tag team partner Patrick Clark)
– In June 2018, Rush was moved to the 205 Live roster
– In September 2018, Rush began appearing on Raw as Bobby Lashley’s manager
– On January 14, 2019, Rush caused a distraction, allowing Lashley to win his first WWE Intercontinental Title
– In mid-2019, Rush returned to NXT
– On October 9, 2019, Rush defeated Drew Gulak to win the NXT Cruiserweight Title
– On November 13, Rush defeated Angel Garza to retain the NXT Cruiserweight Title
– On the Survivor Series 2019 pre-show, Rush defeated Akira Tozawa & Kalisto to retain the NXT Cruiserweight Title
– On November 27, Rush defeated Akira Tozawa to retain the NXT Cruiserweight Title
– Lio Rush was released by WWE on April 20, 2020
– Rush made his return to the indies on July 26 at a GCW event, losing to Joey Janela
– On November 21, Rush defeated Joe Keys & Ken Dixon to win the MCW Rage TV Title
– On January 6, 2021, Rush defeated Myron Reed to win the MLW Middleweight Title
– On January 29, Rush debuted for NJPW’s STRONG project
– On February 10, Rush defeated Laredo Kid to retain the MLW Middleweight Title and win the AAA Cruiserweight Title
– On March 17, Rush defeated Brian Pillman Jr to retain the MLW Middleweight Title
– Rush debuted for AEW in the Casino Battle Royal at Double Or Nothing 2021
– On June 9, Rush defeated Action Andretti by DQ to retain the MCW Rage TV Title
– Rush announced that he would be leaving AEW upon the expiration of his contract in February 2022
– Rush debuted for New Japan at the NJPW/Stardom X-Over event, teaming with Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & YOH to defeat House of Torture (Yujiro Takahashi, Dick Togo, EVIL & SHO)
– Rush teamed with YOH to win the 2022 Super Junior Tag League, defeating Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) in the final
– At MLW SuperFight 2023, Rush defeated Davey Richards

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