Earlier this year, Lio Rush appeared at AEW’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view as a mystery entrant in the Casino Battle Royale. Afterwards, AEW President Tony Khan talked about having a handshake deal with Rush where he could wrestle for both AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).
Less than two weeks later, Lio Rush abruptly announced his retirement from pro wrestling, while vowing to finish his contractual obligations with NJPW. Lio expressed gratitude to Tony Khan for his interest in signing him to a deal; Khan made it clear that both parties were on good terms with each other.
After recovering from the injury he suffered at Double or Nothing, Rush has indeed been wrestling for NJPW Strong this summer.
Could a return to AEW be possible? Earlier today, Khan indicated that something might be happening between Lio Rush and AEW in the near future:
I see a lot of tweets talking about Lio Rush today. Coincidentally, I’ve been talking to @TheLionelGreen a lot recently about returning to @AEW, and it feels like something that could happen in the near future.— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) September 9, 2021
Do you hope to see Lio Rush return to AEW soon, Cagesiders?