Wrestling / Lio Rush

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Lionell Green is an American professional wrestler, initially just known as Li Green, better known by the ring name Lio Rush. He is one of the first graduates of the Maryland Championship Wrestling school, alongside Tag Team partner Patrick Clark. He has wrestled in Canadian Wrestling's Elite, IPW UK, Rev Pro and Fight Club Pro in Britain, Over The Top Wrestling in Ireland, Lucha Liga Elite, The Crash and Chilanga Mask in Mexico, westside Xtreme wrestling Germany, most notably in CZW for his runs as Wired Champion, House Of Glory for winning the Elite Title belt and Ring of Honor where he won the 2016 Top Prospect Tournament, before leaving for WWE NXT


Tropes applying to Lio Rush:

  • Action Dad: He has a son, who doesn't like the Lio Rush action figure.
  • Arch-Enemy: Joey Janela. Rush once said he held no personal grudge against Janela but Rush hated the CZW fans and chose Janela as his outlet for that hatred because they loved him unconditionally while hating Lio no matter what he did.
  • Ascended Fanboy: An amateur All American wrestler who turned pro? Two of his inspirations are Shelton Benjamin and Kurt Angle.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Dragon's Call might be his most reliable finisher if not for the fact he tends to bounce off his opponent, giving them a second before he can cover them.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to Moose when they formed a tag team. Their first match had a dragon's call off Moose's shoulders.
  • Dance Party Ending: One of the "backup dancers" after match between Will Ospreay and Ricochet at Wrestle-Con, along with After they both dropped into their Three-Point Landing in the centre of the ring, Marty Scurll, Jason Cade, Sami Callahan, Dezmond Xavier, Ryan Smile... and Drew Galloway.
  • Finger Wag: Did this to Jay Lethal in their ROH World Title match.
  • Finishing Move: A one man Spanish Fly he calls "Rush Hour".
  • Hope Spot: His best chance to finally win an ROH title was dashed away before he even got to take it when Alex Shelley booted him from the world six man tag team tournament, but Shelley did say it was for Rush's own good and Rush did end up making his way back into the running after his return from Germany, alongside the man Shelley had replaced him with, no less. In the end The Kingdom still proved victorious.
  • I Have Many Names: He was also Lennon Duffy.
  • Metaphorgotten: During the "Top Prospect" Tournament he talked about a tree he was going to chop down before he removed its head. Basically, he wasn't intimidated by Punisher Martinez.
  • Multicolored Hair: He has a 1990s all top no sides, with the top being lighter than the bottom.
  • No-Sell: Infamously no sold a pile driver through a table from a ladder.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He was briefly the CZW World Heavyweight Champion, despite being even smaller than Shane Strickland. He frequently wrestled above his weight class as an amateur.
  • Power Stable: Search & Destroy in ROH
  • Put on a Bus: Shane Taylor took credit for putting Lio Rush(and Donovan Dijak) out of ROH, leading a to vengeful Search & Destroy attempting to put the entire Rebellion out of ROH.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Though as a baby face they will instead be rapid fire slaps followed by an elbow or forearm.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: His theme, "Not Dead Yet", was first used in ROH by TJ Perkins. He quickly got a more distinctive theme, "Feel The Rush".
  • Tag Team: Sudden Impact with Patrick Clark
  • This Loser Is You: He told the CZW crowd that Joey Janela was this to them.
  • Tournament Arc: Besides being "Top Prospect", he also won the Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup in 2015, Eddie Edwards being one of his fellow finalists getting the attention of ROH, and again in 2016.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: When Marvelous Puroresu came to The United States Chigusa Nagayo chose Renee Michelle, Davienne and Lio Rush as the three wrestlers from the country she was taking back to Japan with her. However, Marvelous's men's division was behind schedule, so Rush ended up being left behind.
  • Underdogs Never Lose
    • During the Top Prospect Tournament breakdown it was mentioned he was a foot shorter than the tallest semifinalist, 160 pounds lighter than the heaviest and 15 years less experienced in the sport than the most accomplished pro of the final four, yet it was obvious he was a favorite to win.
    • Averted when Tomohiro Ishii took the television title to NJPW to defend it against EVIL and Rush's first match under a Ring Of Honor contract was changed to a title shot against the most dominant champion in professional wrestling, Jay Lethal.
  • You Are Not Ready Jay Lethal told him this when he defended the ROH World title against Lio. Jay won, but he said after the match that maybe one day Lio would be good enough to become ROH world champion.
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