AEW has brought in a lot of people since they opened their doors, but some stars have already departed. Lio Rush went to AEW bit after his time in WWE ended, but he didn’t last long, but that isn’t the only deal of his to fall through.

Despite his surprise debut as the Joker in the Casino Battle Royale at Double or Nothing 2021, Lio Rush’s stint in AEW didn’t unfold as expected. As he looks back on that period, Rush acknowledged it was a challenging time marked by miscommunication, injuries, and the overall complexity of a new company finding its footing.

In a conversation on the Unscriptify Podcast, Rush shared that he is actually okay with how his time in AEW ended.

“I think there was just a lot going on, a lot of miscommunication, a lot of injuries, just a lot. I think the timing was wrong. I think tensions were high; tensions were rising. It’s a new company, and a lot of things were getting figured out. So, I think ultimately it was just bad timing and miscommunication, and things like that, and it happens, things happen, things don’t always work out as planned.”


“My run got cut short, but I’m glad I had the one that I did because people still talk about it which means it was impactful,” Rush said. “I’m super happy with what I was able to accomplish while I was there.”

While Rush did publicly address Tony Khan regarding comments on Big Swole’s release, he has expressed openness to returning to AEW if the right opportunity arises. There may have been some bad blood at first, but it seems to be water under the bridge.

Lio Rush’s tenure with the company saw him participate in only five matches. That lack of ring time was largely influenced by his injuries. That also lead him to a brief retirement from wrestling during that period.

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Felix Upton

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