Mere days after making his AEW debut, Lio Rush has announced on Twitter that he’s retiring from wrestling.
He later took to his Instagram page to elaborate on the reasons. Seemingly an injury he sustained previously had started to affect his every day life, both physically and mentally.
“I have written and erased this post so many times purely out of not being able to wrap my head around this. The moment I went home in a sling, I kept saying to myself ‘this was like any other time I got a bruise or strain and I will shrug it off and continue on my new journey.’ Once the pain subsided and I started to feel just how uncomfortable it was to feel my arm hanging from my body, I sunk into an immediate and rapidly growing depression because I knew something was wrong. It became more and more frustrating everyday finding little things I could no longer do. Like simply putting on a shirt and a much harder fact to deal with, not being able to pick up my newborn son.”
The former WWE NXT Cruiserweight Champion is currently signed with NJPW and says he will fulfil his contractual obligations before his retirement once he’s healed from his injury, but then will spend his time concentrating on his family and his own wellbeing.
“Since the injury, it’s given me some time to think. Think about what I want in life. What I want for my wife and kids, and what’s going to make me happy as far as my mental health is concerned. The timing of this injury has forced me to stop and re-evaluate and ultimately its resulted in making the decision to retire from professional wrestling. Thank you to all the fans who have fought it out with me for the past 7 years and the people in my corner. Thank you to all the promoters and friends that I’ve met along the way who believe in me and my vision. This has been a great ride, but it’s time to get off and do what truly makes me happy.”
Since being released by the WWE in April 2020, Rush has worked for various companies around the world and in that time has won both the MLW World Middleweight Championship and the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship. He’s also brought out two rap albums, ‘Ever After’ was released on On May 11th 2020 followed by his second album titled ‘The Final Match’ two months later.
He previously announced his retirement following his WWE release but returned to the ring very shortly thereafter. It remains to be seen whether this retirement is any more concrete.
All of us at Hooked On Wrestling wish Lio the best!