From September 2018 until April 15, 2019, Lio Rush accompanied Bobby Lashley to the ring as his Hype Man. The pair were suddenly broken up after WrestleMania 35 amidst rumours that Rush had heat backstage in WWE, and the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion revealed why they were separated during a recent interview with Kenny McIntosh at Inside The Ropes.
Rush explained he was earning the same money while on Raw as he was in NXT but that his expenses had increased considerably because of the main roster schedule. He ultimately decided to ask WWE for a pay increase, but the company instead ended the partnership and placed him on sabbatical.
The Man Of The Hour said: "As far as the split with me and Bobby, I know that there was some miscommunication as well as some frustration and just me butting heads with the powers at be financially. That was my biggest thing at the time, just because I was still making the money that I was making while I was in NXT at the time. And then merchandise was getting put out and I just felt like I contributed so much to that as far as like the sayings, and the mottos, and the catchphrases and stuff like that, and I just wasn't getting compensated for that stuff.
"I wasn't on the meet and greets with Bobby which didn't make sense to me… Everywhere Bobby went, I had to go because I was his manager. But, you know, Bobby was so busy. He was Intercontinental Champion and he was on every show. He was at every live show, travelling, had to get hotels and, yeah, all that is great to be used but I'm not making enough money to cover all of these expenses because I have to do everything that Bobby's doing… So, it was like, 'If I'm going to be doing this I basically need more money. I need more money to survive.' It's not just me out here, I have a wife, I've got two kids, I have other responsibilities I have to take care of. So, I just felt that it was unfair in that sense and I guess that they didn't like a 25-year-old or a 24-year-old, however old I was at the time, they didn't like me being so outspoken about that so I think they just cut it."