As we saw last night at the Elimination Chamber PPV, Finn Balor defeated Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a handicap match for the Intercontinental Title. Balor won the title when he successfully pinned Lio Rush after hitting the coup de grâce.
This of course didn’t sit well with former champion Bobby Lashley, who took his frustration out on Rush seemingly ending their partnership.
On a recent audio update via PWInsider Elite, Mike Johnson reported that there is a fair amount of heat backstage on Lio Rush currently. While it isn’t known if that played into the finish of last night’s Intercontinental Championship Match or not, however it wouldn’t be far-fetched if that in fact was the case.
Regarding backstage heat on Lio Rush, Johnson said:
“It appears as if Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin.”
“There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people — including other workers the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”
In addition to Johnson’s report, I can confirm that when speaking to my sources inside WWE that I have heard similar things about Lio Rush not being a favorite backstage. When I asked a source about Rush, I was told:
“He’s not somebody I plan on or would want to be associated with at all.”
We will keep you updated if we hear anything else regarding heat on Lio Rush backstage in WWE.
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