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Lio Rush retires from professional wrestling

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Lio Rush is a man of surprises. He recently surprised the wrestling world by making his AEW debut at Double or Nothing. Now, Rush surprised the wrestling world again by announcing his retirement.

Rush posted the following message via Instagram:

I have written and erased this post so many times purely out of not being able to wrap my head around this. The moment I went home in a sling, I kept saying to myself, “This was like any other time I got a little bruise or strain and I will shrug it off and continue on my new journey.” Once the pain subsided and I started to feel just how uncomfortable it was to feel my arm hanging from my body, I sunk into an immediate and rapidly growing depression because I knew something was wrong...

Got the news that I’d be taking some time off due to this injury. Me thinking it would only affect my wrestling obligations, I still tried to go on about my days as I knew them. I realized just how much this would affect my everyday life. For anyone that knows me, you know that I work endlessly for me and my family. It became more and more frustrating everyday finding little things I could no longer do. Like simply putting on a shirt and a much harder fact to deal with, not being able to pick up my newborn son...

Now here comes the part that kept me up every night since #DoubleOrNothing... Knowing that I just made my surprise debut in one of the most exciting times in my career. That part sucked. But I’m grateful. Grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had this past year after my WWE release. So cool of #AEW still wanting to sign me despite separating my AC in the Casino Battle Royale. Which would have lead to me being the first person in history to be signed to two major wrestling organizations simultaneously. This is an unexpected turn down a road I would have and could have never saw coming...

But I’m looking at this as a blessing in disguise. Since the injury, it’s given me some time to think. Think about what I want in life. What I want for my wife and my kids, and what’s going to make me happy as far as my mental health is concerned. The timing of this injury has forced me to stop and re-evaluate and ultimately it’s resulted in making the decision to retire from professional wrestling...

Thank you to the fans who have fought it out with me the past 7 years and the people in my corner. Thank you to all the promoters and friends that I’ve met along the way who believe in me and my vision. This has been a great ride, but it’s time to get off and do what truly makes me happy. Due to contractual obligations with NJPW, I will be making final appearances once I am healed. But for now, thank you all from the bottom of my heart and I’ll see you all soon.

If this truly is the end of the road for the Rush and wrestling connection, then he went out on a high note. Rush competed in NJPW, AAA, MLW, and AEW in the past eight months. He wrestled in the Super J-Cup tournament for NJPW. He went under the mask as the Spider-man inspired Aracno at Triplemania XXVIII in AAA’s partnership with Marvel. Rush also became a double champ by winning the MLW World Middleweight Championship and the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship. He capped that off by debuting in AEW.

Good luck to Lio with the next chapter in his life. Stay up to date with his music career through his YouTube channel.

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