AEW President Tony Khan has posted a statement via AEW social media accounts addressing the wrestling retirement of Lio Rush.
Following Rush’s appearance at Double or Nothing, Tony Khan stated that he and the NJPW star had made a “handshake deal“, allowing Rush to compete for AEW. Khan has now revealed that Rush reached out to him before announcing his retirement.
A statement was posted from AEW’s official Twitter account on behalf of Khan. The AEW President admitted the news was unexpected, but wished Rush the best for his future.
Addressing the situation, Khan wrote:
“Lio Rush reached out to me today, and he shared that he’d planned to announce his retirement from pro wrestling tonight. While this news was unexpected, I’m glad that he’s made a choice that he’s confident will make him and his family happy. Lio is a great talent, and I enjoyed briefly working with him, and I absolutely wish him the best. Tony Khan, President & CEO, All Elite Wrestling”
Rush made his AEW debut as the Joker entrant of the Double or Nothing Casino Battle Royale. He has since revealed that he separated his AC joint during the match, discussing the injury during his recent announcement.
Rush is currently signed to NJPW and frequently appeared on NJPW Strong. He previously wrestled for WWE, notably winning the Cruiserweight Championship in late 2019.