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Lio Rush's AEW contract expiring next month, will become free agent

Rush posted a statement on Saturday announcing that he will become a free agent next month.

Lio Rush is departing AEW and entering free agency next month.

Rush posted a statement on Saturday announcing that he'll become a free agent when his AEW contract expires on Monday, February 14. The full statement said:

On February 14th, 2022 My contract will expire with AEW and I will become a free agent.

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Rush made his AEW debut at Double or Nothing last May, but he announced in June that he was retiring from pro wrestling due to a separated AC joint injury that gave him time to think about what he wanted in life.

In September, Rush came back to AEW after having discussions with Tony Khan about a return. Rush has been involved in a storyline with Dante Martin and Team Taz but was off television in recent weeks.

On New Year's Eve, Rush called on Khan to apologize for the tweet he sent out criticizing Big Swole's wrestling ability after Swole spoke about her AEW departure and the representation issues she felt the company had.

Rush issued a statement the next day saying that he had spoken to AEW executives Khan and Megha Parekh. Rush said he didn't consider the issue to be a diversity issue but a racial insensitivity issue. Rush said he was proud to work for a boss and company that tries to make strides in social equality, and he looked forward to working with Khan to keep making steps toward positive change.

Rush was in action at NJPW's New Japan Strong tapings in Seattle earlier this month. He'll be part of the "Grab the Brass Ring Ladder Match" at The Wrld on GCW this Sunday and has also been announced as an entrant for this month's PWG Battle of Los Angeles tournament.