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Kylie Rae addresses departure from AEW


For the first time since leaving AEW, Kylie Rae has addressed her departure from the promotion.

Rae posted a statement on Instagram today about why she left AEW. She wrote that no one made her leave the promotion and that she "needed to get [her] mind, body, and soul right with God." She noted that AEW took her career to new levels, that she's beyond grateful for every opportunity and experience that has come along the way, and that she wishes AEW nothing but the best.

Rae's full statement is available below:

I don’t know how to start this and I can’t speak on other’s behalves. I can only speak for myself and what’s in my heart. I don’t know many rumors and honestly try to stay away from everything, obviously. But here: nobody made me leave. AEW took my career to new levels and I’m beyond grateful for every opportunity and experience that has come along the way and wish nothing but the best. It’s a great group of people who truly love wrestling and just want everyone to succeed. I’ve always tried to be a good person but I make many mistakes along the way. I needed to get my mind, body, and soul right with God. I wish I had the answers but the truth is I don’t. We all go through obstacles in life and we may want all the answers but we don’t need them. It’s God’s plan and he has shown me what’s truly important in life and to find a blessing in every moment because in the blink of an eye, everything can be gone. So instead of bashing, let’s just love one another and appreciate what we have, or something like that lol sorry I’m awkward.

Rae was officially introduced as a member of the AEW roster at February's Double or Nothing ticket announcement party. Her only in-ring appearance for the promotion was a four-way match against Britt Baker, Nyla Rose, and Awesome Kong at Double or Nothing.

Rae was advertised for a match against Leva Bates at June's AEW Fyter Fest event at one point, but Allie faced Bates instead. Rae also stopped being active on social media around that time.

During his post-All Out media scrum, AEW president and CEO Tony Khan was asked about Rae's status. He said that Rae had asked for her release and it had been granted. Khan said her departure was "super amicable."

Rae returned to the ring starting with a match at a Freelance Wrestling/Freelance Underground show in September. She made an appearance at Impact's Bound for Glory pay-per-view in October and was an entrant in the Call Your Shot gauntlet match.