Maybe this time? Retirements in wrestling are a weird situation, as you never can tell when someone is going to actually be gone. Terry Funk made a career out of retirements, with his first retirement taking place in the early 1980s and spanning into the 2000s. Some wrestlers just cannot get out, but another one seems to be ready to hang it up for good. Again.

Lio Rush has announced his retirement from wrestling via Twitter and Instagram. Rush said that it is time for him to move on, citing an injury that he suffered during an appearance at AEW’s Double Or Nothing last month. During the appearance, Rush suffered a separated AC joint in his shoulder, which will need time off to heal. As a result, Rush has decided to retire, while thanking everyone for giving him a chance. Once he is healed, he will make appearances for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is signed, to meet contractual obligations.

Rush, 26 years old, debuted in November 2014 and wrestled around the world, including in New Japan, AEW, WWE, Ring of Honor and around the independent circuit. During his career, Rush won the WWE Cruiserweight Title, the MLW Middleweight Title and the CZW World Title, among others. Rush teased retiring from wrestling in July 2020 but returned before the end of the year.


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Rush had quite a nice career. Check out some of his better moments:

Lio Rush vs. Angel Garza – NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match: WWE NXT, Nov. 13, 2019

*BREAKING* Lio Rush is THE JOKER at Double or Nothing’s Battle Royal! (AEW 2021)

Opinion: I’m really not sure how this is going to go, as a wrestler retiring at 26 years old is a bit of a surprise. I have no idea if he is going to be back in the ring one day, but it would not surprise me whatsoever. Rush is a very talented wrestler but if he wants to do something else, there is nothing wrong with that whatsoever. Maybe his mind will change when he is healed up, but if not, hopefully he gets to do whatever he wants.

What do you think of Rush? Will he wrestle again? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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