Former WWE star Lio Rush recently spoke with Fightful where The Man of the Hour revealed a storyline angle that had him winning the Intercontinental championship at WrestleMania 35. Rush states that while partnered with Bobby Lashley, creative was set to do a handicap match against Finn Balor at the Show of Shows, a gimmick they ended up doing at the Elimination Chamber pay per view instead.
People are gonna like this, but at the same time, they’re not, because I remember a lot of people were saying it. At the time, they were going to have me win the Intercontinental Championship while I was with Bobby and the whole storyline with Finn [Balor],” Rush said. “They were gonna have me win the title. But I forgot what happened. I forgot what happened and why that wasn’t the case. I think the idea came from Elimination Chamber, where it was me and Bobby versus Finn in like a handicap match and I think they were going to do it again at WrestleMania but I was gonna be the one to win the title and it was just gonna throw everybody off. But yeah, for whatever reason, that got scratched.
Rush would go on hiatus for a short period after his pairing with Lashley. He would return to become NXT cruiserweight champion, but lost the belt soon after to Angel Garza. Rush was then released by WWE after major cuts from COVID-19. Check out the full interview here.