WWE's Mark Henry Wants to Avoid Lawsuit vs. Lio Rush After Defaming Allegations

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: WWE Superstar Mark Henry attends the WWE Superstars For Hope Reception on April 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for WWE)
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WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry threatened recently released WWE Superstar Lio Rush with a lawsuit Saturday amid their ongoing war of words on Twitter.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, Henry said he was considering a lawsuit due to "slanderous" remarks made by Rush:

The issues between Henry and Rush date back to last year when Rush spoke to Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp about issues he was having in WWE, including not having enough money to pay for his rental cars and hotel rooms.

Henry addressed the situation on Busted Open Radio and claimed that Rush "lied to [his] face" when he pulled him aside and asked him if there were any issues. Henry also expressed his belief that Rush wasn't being financially responsible:

SiriusXM Busted Open @BustedOpenRadio

"It's not a race issue. It's an ego issue." @TheMarkHenry reveals exclusively on @BustedOpenRadio that he tried to help Lio Rush diffuse backstage issues at WWE and that rookie responsibilities are about respecting the business. https://t.co/PRYW9PjuO0

Just one year after that issue occurred, Rush brought it up in a tweet on Thursday. Rush also accused Henry of tearing down African American wrestlers:

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Woke up remembering the time Mark Henry said I lied to him to his face & then continued to bury me on his podcast while telling me i need to learn how to spend my money better. Shit was crazy. Sorry man, i didn’t mean to have a wife and two kids on top of other responsibilities.

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And this is why African American talent on the biggest platform will continue to not have equal opportunity because people like you constantly tear your own people down. A damn shame honestly.

Rush also posted several other tweets regarding his issues with Henry, while The World's Strongest Man offered a simple response:

TheMarkHenry @TheMarkHenry

I don’t have to answer to anyone. I said what I said, I’ve tried to help an mentor many. I can’t make people do what I know to work. https://t.co/LfheihsWJy

During the interview with TMZ Sports on Saturday, Henry expressed his belief that Rush went after him on Twitter as a means of drumming up interest in his album: "He knew that I get a lot of attention. I have a lot of followers and he released the album, or song, or something, and he wanted to use that to get some attention. Get some buzz."

Henry said that if Rush simply would have reached out to him he would have worked an angle with him and helped generate buzz that way rather than getting personal.

The 48-year-old veteran especially took issue with Rush's claims that he holds down black wrestlers. Henry pointed to the fact that he is responsible for getting many people of color hired by WWE: "If you go down to the performance center at NXT, probably 25 I think, people of color in the facility, probably about 80-plus percent of them I helped get them there. I mean, it's completely opposite."

Henry added: "And, you can't question my blackness. Like nobody can question my blackness, pull my black card. No, not allowed. Nobody."

Rush also took another shot at Henry on Sunday:

🥀 Ever After OUT NOW! @itsLioRush

And by the way @TheMarkHenry , if you saved my job back then, THANKS. You were my first wrestling toy back in the day. Luckily it didn’t talk.

While Henry acknowledged that he doesn't necessarily want to sue Rush, he said Rush has to apologize to him in order to stop him from taking legal action.

The 25-year-old Rush is currently in limbo as far as his wrestling career is concerned, as the former NXT cruiserweight champion was released from his WWE contract last month as part of wide-ranging budget cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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