Lio Rush Reveals How Bobby Lashley 'Hype-Man' Role In WWE Happened
Rush worked with Bobby Lashley on WWE Raw
Lio Rush has opened up on how his 'hype-man' managerial position with Bobby Lashley on WWE Raw came about.
Initially working on WWE 205 Live, Rush used to record himself doing promos, with Vince McMahon eventually being shown one on Rush's social media platforms. This led to the WWE Chairman calling Rush up to Raw to work with Lashley.
Speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Rush said: "I got a call when I flew back home from 205 saying that I was needed for Monday Night RAW and to send my flight details. I was like, ‘What? I’m needed for RAW?’ and they wouldn’t tell me what I was doing. So of course, I’m backstage, when I get there, I’m panicking. I don’t know what’s going on.
"Paul Heyman had walked up to me and said, ‘Vince had saw one of your promos that one of the writers had shown them from your social media and he thought you were great and he wanted to pair you up with Bobby.’ I [thought] that’s so cool and I couldn’t believe that me taking the initiative to put out promos essentially landed me a job on RAW, and it was seen by Vince.
"Vince had pulled me into his office and said that I was going to be working with Bobby, and I didn’t know what it was going to be. He kept saying [the role was] like a hype man. That was the first time I — and I’m a WWE fan so, I’d never heard of a hype man. I said, ‘What is a hype man?’ He said, ‘Paul will talk to you about it.’
"We went into the weight room of the stadium, and he was saying that I was essentially going to be Bobby’s manager, but in a way of kinda like Jimmy Hart. And it was going to be loud, wear obnoxious suits, and I was going to be that mouthpiece for Bobby. That was the most surreal day of my life.
"That original promo, that was Paul’s voice. Trying to like [get the right delivery and dialogue], that was all Paul. Him saying that ‘low rates, high reps’ thing, it just stuck out to me and I just kept using that."