By Kevin Eck
Rush has the in-ring talent, the look, the charisma and the swagger of a superstar. And now the international sensation is exclusive to Ring of Honor.
Rush sent the wrestling world abuzz yesterday when he broke the news via video on social media that he has signed with ROH.
“For all the fans of ROH, I’m returning one more time, but not just for one date,” said Rush, who made his ROH debut last month in a match that will air on “Ring of Honor Wrestling” this weekend. “I’m returning to stay. I’m returning to be the biggest star in ROH. … My new home is called Ring of Honor.”
Rush is the latest highly acclaimed star to sign with ROH, which recently acquired the services of Bandido, PCO, Brody King and Mark Haskins among others.
Rush, who comes from a wrestling family and has been competing for more than a decade despite being just 30, brings an impressive resume with him to ROH. One of the biggest names in Mexico and the founder of the influential Los Ingobernables faction, the man known as El Toro Blanco (The White Bull) is a former CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion, two-time CMLL World Tag Team Champion and CMLL World Trios Champion.
Rush also has made an impact in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. He has competed in the G1 Climax and World Tag League tournaments and scored victories over stars such as Tetsuya Naito and Shinsuke Nakamura.
In 2014, Rush formed Los Ingobernables. A year later, the faction expanded into NJPW, where Naito headed Los Ingobernables de Japon. Rush and Naito teamed together in the 2016 World Tag League tournament, scoring victories over teams such as War Machine and Hiroshi Tanahashi and Juice Robinson.
Rush has specialized in hair vs. hair matches in CMLL, as he has put his long, flowing locks on the line more than a half-dozen times over the years and never lost. In the main event of CMLL’s 85th Anniversary show this past September, Rush and tag partner Barbaro Cavernario defeated ROH star Matt Taven and Volador Jr. in a hair vs. hair match.
Based on what transpired between Taven and Rush when Rush made his highly anticipated ROH debut at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, it obvious The Kingdom leader hasn’t gotten over Rush costing him his hair.
Will Taven and fellow Kingdom members TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia be Rush’s first targets when he returns to ROH? Or will Rush put all of his focus on winning championship gold? Time will tell, but this much is certain: Now that Rush has officially joined ROH’s deep and talented roster, there is no shortage of potential dream matches for him.