Speaking to Lilian Garcia on Chasing Glory, Lio Rush opened up about the infamous incident where he tweeted about Emma being released from the WWE after having two matches with current WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka.
Lio Rush tweeted, “I guess these are the things that happen when you’re not TRULY ready for Asuka.” Here is what he had to say:
“It hit me so fast and hard. I was sitting in a Waffle House when I (tweeted it). I didn’t mean it in the slightest way to be hurtful. I remember being so entertained with what Asuka was doing,” recalled Rush. “Her saying, ‘Nobody is ready.’ Honestly, it was so stupid. At the time, people tried to tell me, as soon as it went up, ‘Hey, I think you should take that down.’ I didn’t really see the negative in it. I left it up when somebody told me to take it down. ‘It’s fine, I didn’t mean it in a negative way. It’s not like I’m bashing her.’ I started seeing hundreds and thousands of comments, people just raining down on me. I messed up. I messed up really bad. I felt bad and I reached out to Emma. At first, I had mixed feelings about it. Ultimately, I realized I messed up. It was new to me because I had never seen WWE tweet out anything about a release. I wasn’t aware of how real the situation was.”
“I tried to reach out to Emma. I didn’t get a response. She tweeted a heartbreak emoji and then it really blew up. ‘Oh, this is so bad.’ I remember getting really depressed. I was thinking about disappearing,” said Lio. “I remember reaching out to Paige because of the situation she went through and everybody saying negative comments to her. I saw her at the Performance Center and she was talking about the things she went through and how she dealt with it. I asked her if she could reach out to Emma for me and tell her that I didn’t mean anything hurtful. I don’t know (if she got any message).”
H/T to Fightful for the transcription