Sonny Kiss became the latest AEW original to part ways with the company recently, with owner/president/booker Tony Khan pointing to the loss of AEW’s YouTube shows as a factor in his decision to not renew Kiss’ contract.
Sonny recently reflected on her* run with the company and looked forward to what’s next in a message posted on X:
4 years of living my dream, traveling, making everlasting friendships, working with my childhood heroes, growing into the human I’ve become right before everyone’s eyes, and of course, being part of some historical events with groundbreaking wrestling promotion: All Elite Wrestling (AEW). I have made quite a few mistakes along the way. But I also have learned some valuable lessons, too. I am incredibly grateful for it all. In December, I’ll be 30 years old with 10 years of wrestling under my belt. The fun part is: I haven’t nearly touched the surface of what I am capable of.
I knew my journey in pro wrestling would not be an easy one, regardless of my talents. The best part of it all is that I showed people like me that anything is possible when you’re working your ass off for it. It may not come easy, but it WILL come. Sometimes you have to fall all the way down to reignite that fiery passion again. So, now what? I’m the Concrete Rose, Sonny Kiss and I am a free agent. I am SO ready for this next chapter. Let’s continue to break those barriers down, shatter those glass ceilings, and make $h!t happen! Where to next?
Khan did leave the door open to a possible future reunion between Kiss & AEW. Sonny, who took independent bookings fairly regularly while under contract to AEW, last wrestled at GCW’s Effy’s Big Gay Brunch 7 during All Out weekend in Chicagoland.
* Kiss is genderfluid. In the past, she indicated she had no preference between he/him and she/her pronouns, but now uses the latter exclusively online.