Lio Rush has removed all references to WWE from his Twitter profile except for a pinned tweet featuring Triple H touting his NXT signing. Rush has also changed his hometown from Orlando, Florida to District of Columbia, which is where he resided before signing with NXT.

He also posted these tweets.

In addition to this, he wasn’t used at last night’s NXT tapings in Orlando, Florida. So this has people wondering if WWE released Rush after all the heat he got for making light of Emma’s release from the company last month. After put up an article today speculating on Rush’s status with, they confirmed with WWE that he has not been released. has also independently confirmed that Rush is still with WWE and has not been released.

It’s notable that ever since Lio Rush made an ill-advised joke on Twitter when Emma was released by WWE on October 29, he hasn’t appeared on any NXT shows. In a report on Monday, cited this as the reason he hasn’t been used.

Rush wrote, “I guess these are the things that happen when you’re not TRULY ready for @WWEAsuka.”

The tweet received criticism pretty quickly, including Peyton Royce pointing out that Rush just got to NXT and telling him that professionalism goes a long way. Bray Wyatt was one of the wrestlers from the main roster to respond, saying that Rush “ain’t gonna make it here with the wolves.”

Rush deleted the tweet and quickly issued an apology, but the damage had been done. According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the heat was so bad that there was talk of cutting him. While some people in WWE see Rush as a future WWE star, the heat still lingers and “he’s been on ice every since.”

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