Lio Rush debuted for AEW at the promotion’s Double Or Nothing PPV in 2021. Despite a solid showing, Rush couldn’t keep up with the momentum due to an injury he suffered at the Casino Battle Royale the very same night.

Fortunately, Rush made a complete recovery and returned to wrestling full time, but his return was short-lived. Earlier today, Rush tweeted that he’d be leaving AEW after his contract expires on February 14.

According to Fighftul Select, many within the company learned of his imminent exit at last night’s Rampage show. The outlet reached out to Rush for comments but he hasn’t responded as of this writing.

“From AEW’s side, we’re told that the contract expiration is one of many that is running out over the next month or so, and there’s a possibility that some of those expirations will be used moving forward. We’re told they won’t be publicly announced by the company.

“We reached out to Lio Rush for comment or clarity but haven’t heard back. Those in AEW we spoke to say they haven’t seen him at AEW since early December. One source says they believe he was scheduled for an appearance after that in December, but it didn’t happen.”

Several other names including Marko Stunt and Brian Cage are expected to exit the company following the expiration of their contracts. The belief is that AEW would let their contracts run out instead of resigning these performers.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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