Lio Rush announced today that his AEW contract is expiring on Valentine’s Day and that he will be a free agent. Rush signed with Tony Khan’s company in September. A controversy over comments made by former AEW star Big Swole about problems with diversity led Lio to demand an apology when Tony Khan was dismissive in his response. Rush has apparently not been able to mend fences and will now move on.

Big Swole was disappointed by Khan’s reaction. Lio Rush demanded an apology. After that, Lio disappeared from AEW TV.

Fans took to Twitter to discuss Lio’s decision to leave AEW behind. Swole was mentioned so many times that her name started trending.

“Been saying this dude is in some kind of cult. Bet you @TonyKhan is a kkk member But I hope lio rush the best. Since lio was the only person who stood up for Swole”

“LIO RUSH GOT KICKED OUT BECAUSE HE DEFENDED BIG SWOLE TONY KHAN STRIKES AGAIN WHEN IT COMES TO BLACK PEOPLE.”

“AEW catastrophically fucked up bad by pushing Lio Rush out the door, especially since it came right after doing the same to Big Swole. The questions of there being racism at the company must continue to be asked, and louder than ever.”

Twitter seems to stand with Big Swole. Lio Rush is on his way out the door. There’s no confirmation that any of it is related. All we can do is read the writing left on the wall. You can check out even more Twitter reactions below!

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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