AEW President Tony Khan issued a statement on Lio Rush’s shock retirement.
The message comes after Rush announced that he was stepping away from professional wrestling due to injury. Rush had recently made his AEW debut as the Joker in the Casino Battle Royal at Double or Nothing, having signed with NJPW just a matter of months before.
Here is Tony Khan’s statement on AEW’s official Twitter page.;
“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 absolutely with him the best.”
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) June 9, 2021
The former WWE Superstar, Rush had recently debuted for AEW at Double or Nothing, which is where he suffered the career-ending injury. In his retirement statement, Rush stated AEW still wanted to sign him despite the injury. Rush declined the offer opting to focus on his mental health and his family.
Rush is currently still under to NJPW and said he will fulfil his obligation once he is back to full health.
Everyone at Inside The Ropes wishes Lio Rush a speedy recovery, and all the best for his future – both personally and professionally.