Lio Rush has announced his retirement from pro wrestling on a couple of occasions. He recently ended another retirement stint as he appeared on AEW television. Now the Man of the Hour is with All Elite Wrestling, and there’s a reason why that retirement didn’t stick.

While speaking to Vickie Guerrero’s Excuse Me podcast, Rush explained why he decided to cut his retirement short once again. He debuted for AEW and then he thought his time was up after another injury. Following that setback, Lio Rush was able to analyze the situation and see that he has plenty more gas in the tank for pro wrestling.

“During that time of me debuting in AEW, my wrestling career, viewed by the casual fan, it was on the up. I was going all over the country with Independent promotions, New Japan, MLW, and Triple A. It was a lot. I was also going through a lot of personal things during that time too and a big part of that was me…part of it was financial because of the huge hit that me and my family took with being released from WWE and trying to find consistent work without being under contract. It was a lot of things going through my mind. I was also doing music and me taking back and moving in a direction I thought I was capable of moving in the music industry and letting that be a source of income while also allowing me the time to be with my family and wife. I never really got the opportunity to be the dad I wanted to be because I got pushed in the wrestling world pretty quickly and that was when I had my first son. Then my second son, I was with WWE, so I definitely wasn’t as home as I wanted to be. Then, with being released and having to work during the pandemic, I had to work twice as hard and twice as much to make up the money and I definitely wasn’t home.”

Lio Rush is now with AEW and it appears that he might have a bright future in the company. We will pay close attention to his character as it continues to grow, because Tony Khan might just wrap a stable of clients around Rush as a mouthpiece if the right circumstances allow for it.


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