Lio Rush achieved some success over the years in WWE as he had a solid fanbase in the company. His time in AEW wasn’t memorable and it ended long before it could even begin. Rush spent his time in NJPW in recent months and truly honed his craft in a big way there. Now Rush has revealed that a deal with NJPW fell through despite active negotiations.

Lio Rush was a mainstay in NJPW and fans are truly behind him now. He even cut a passionate promo a while ago, making it clear that he left it all behind in order to conquer Japan.

However, Lio Rush was subsequently pulled from several NJPW events back in October due to sickness, even missing out on title match. Lio Rush would then speak out on what happened afterwards.

While speaking to WrestlePurists, the former WWE Superstar revealed that he wasn’t signed to NJPW and worked on a tour-by-tour basis. He added that a deal with NJPW fell through despite active negotiations.


No, it was no type of deal (with NJPW). It was no deal. I was going out there tour by tour. We were working towards a deal. I feel like that was talked about and in the works for quite some time. That never really came to fruition but, yeah, no deal on the table. Just me going out there, putting everything on the line, sacrificing, hustling, doing what I can to try to provide for my family the best way that I could so, yeah.

Lio Rush also recently announced that he will become free agent soon and is open to taking up bookings. We will have to wait and see what’s next in store for the former WWE Superstar.

What’s your view on this Lio Rush story? Are you happy he will be wrestling again eventually? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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