When Lio Rush began as a student at the MCW Pro Wrestling Training Center in Joppa, Md., in the summer of 2014, professional wrestler and head trainer R.J. Meyer immediately knew the young man was destined for big things.
"I knew he wasn't going to be [a trainee] for long," said Meyer, who wrestles as Bruiser in MCW Pro Wrestling. "When somebody wants it and has the 'it' factor, you can see it in their eyes. You could tell that nothing was going to stop him. Nobody's going to tell him no or tell him he's too small."
Rush's first impression of Meyer was less flattering. "I was like, 'Man, who is this guy? He's kind of a [jerk],'" Rush recalled.