r/SquaredCircle Jan 22 '22

Lio Rush announces he’s a free agent

https://twitter.com/iamliorush/status/1484908157428113408?s=21
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u/billb33 Jan 22 '22

Blink and you missed it. Jeez

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u/jarkofploiesti Jan 22 '22 Silver Helpful

Pretty much the Lio Rush story: has a cup of tea as CZW world champion, hangs around ROH for a while too, wrestles a bit on NXT, moves to 205, casually becomes Lashley's manager on RAW, disappears, becomes NXT Cruiserweight champion outta nowhere, gets realeased, retires, unretires, retires for 2 more minutes, unretires again, appears on AEW, retires again, unretires & has a feud in AEW, gets released & possibly will retire again in the next 7 days.

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u/detourne Jan 22 '22 Silver

Man of the Hour isn't just a catchphrase for him.

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u/Mjh1021 Jan 22 '22

He also went on The Challenge and voluntarily left after about 2 weeks.

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u/jarkofploiesti Jan 22 '22

Lmao

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u/Mjh1021 Jan 22 '22

In fairness the reason they gave on tv was valid

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u/jarkofploiesti Jan 22 '22

What was it?

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u/AnthonyCumiaPedo Jan 22 '22

IIRC, the whole "living togeter with a bunch of strangers, all of whom are secretly plotting to get you out" concept reminded him of his youth being in group homes.

https://people.com/tv/lio-rush-addresses-his-surprising-exit-from-the-challenge/

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u/Third_Eye_Thumper Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Sounds like he has some trauma that’s preventing him from committing to anything 100%

I’m not a therapist tho

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u/crystalizemecapn Jan 22 '22

He’s acting a lot like I acted before I went to treatment for a lot of trauma work. Hope he’s able to heal peacefully

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u/Johnnyboy10000 Jan 22 '22

As someone that has similar issues, but for different reasons, I can relate and see that being an issue.

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u/jarkofploiesti Jan 22 '22

I kinda get his point but it sadly makes it seem like he jumps into a lot of things without actually thinking about it, and then quits. I would definetly not want to do business would Lio Rush.

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u/TheOneTrueChuck Jan 22 '22

Exactly. If I'm a booker for a fed, he's a transitional champion at best, because he's proven that he literally can't be counted on to avoid flaking out.

I mean it was literally three weeks ago he announced he was going to be working with Tony Khan on representation issues and "black perspective" stuff.

I genuinely don't know if there's some legit trauma issues with him, or if it's literally "If everything doesn't go exactly how I want it to, I quit."

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u/Adminscantkeepmedown Mark Jindrak Stan Jan 22 '22

It doesn’t just make it seem like that’s what he does since that’s exactly what he does

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u/EJohns1004 Jan 22 '22

He was also in New Japan for a bit before AEW

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u/Blueskyways Jan 22 '22

Lio Rush is his own best friend, and his worst enemy.

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u/AaronRedwoods The Great Malenko Jan 22 '22 Silver

Turns out Lio Rush is a mog.

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u/Dnayew Jan 22 '22

Half man, half dog. I’m my own best friend.

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u/UncreativeTeam Say something stupid! Jan 22 '22

Terry Funk Career Speedrun Any%

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u/dearrichard Jan 22 '22

and he’s only 27. so many more years of disappointment ahead.

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u/FranksFandoms Jan 22 '22

I want a documentary on his career so bad

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u/Accomplished_Hold326 Jan 22 '22

He needs a 10 episode miniseries that ends abruptly halfway through the second episode

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u/mooncakeandgary Jan 22 '22

But the rest of the episodes can bounce around lower tier cable channels, popping up every two or three month unannounced, each hiatus followed by some vague tweets about future air dates.

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u/Clarityman Jan 22 '22

rereads jarkofploeisti's post.

I think you just got one.

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u/aerojovi83 Jan 22 '22

I'm sure he does too

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u/MakeYourself85 I am dripping in sweat. Jan 22 '22

Shoots the documentary, but gets incomplete. Then reshoots, but is paused. And so it goes until one day it is officially released, complete or not. /s

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u/mrandre3000 Jan 22 '22

, appears on AEW, retires again,

Important context — in his first AEW appearance, he blew out a muscle in how /leg, was in tremendous pain and couldn’t hold his daughter. He knew he was getting to a point where retirement needed to get in consideration, because he needed to prep for life after wrestling. I think he went public sooner than some people would’ve liked to because he was in legitimate fear.

I imagine not being able to hold your new born child would be a devastating event for a first time father.

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u/puttinonthefoil Jan 22 '22

You’re definitely right, but minor pedantic correction: Lio has 3 kids.

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u/StopLookingBuy Jan 22 '22

I would think it's difficult to take care of them always being between jobs

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u/emceelokey Jan 22 '22

Well, he hasn't had an MLW run yet has he?

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u/crucifiedraven I demand a statue! Jan 22 '22

Sounds like there's a pattern here and maybe he's the problem.

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u/jarkofploiesti Jan 22 '22

Just maybe...

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u/wearethat Wrrrrrestling! Jan 22 '22

I love Lio, but he can be exhausting.

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u/Nodqfan Your Text Here Jan 22 '22

At least this explains why Dante Martin has allied with Jay Lethal

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u/sBucks24 Jan 23 '22

Fuck I was pumped for Dante long term heel run before going back face.. sucks they could have pulled that off if this was known 2 months ago

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u/Shenanigans80h Jan 22 '22

Man that story flew off the rails quick. I’ve never seen a program where I genuinely like everyone involved, be so chaotically boring. It could be righted but they need to focus it quick.

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u/davidisallright Jan 23 '22

I knew something was up with Lio when the change happened.

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u/I_Get_Paid_to_Shill Jan 22 '22

That's such a Vince move.

"Trust me pal, nobody will notice the difference."

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u/JoeyKookamanga Jan 22 '22

Excellent point, Shelton.

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u/FIJIBOYFIJI Jan 22 '22

He really needs some new ring gear,in this picture especially his current one makes him look like a toddler

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u/unlizenedrave Yes! I am a model. Jan 22 '22

I’ve been getting Max Mini vibes ever since he switched to the new tights.

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u/JohnMercon Jan 22 '22

Big Mascarita Sagrada vibes

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u/LoneStarRKO Jan 22 '22

Can’t unsee this now 😂

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u/Drummk Jan 22 '22

Between Lio, Marko, and Adam Cole AEW actually has the makings of an amazing minis division.

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u/Old_Echidna3720 And his scumbag sons! Jan 22 '22

Adam Cole is a Super Heavyweight

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u/Invisible-Pancreas Jan 22 '22

I miss Crash Holly.

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u/JARAXXUS_EREDAR_LORD Jan 22 '22

John silver as the monster heel.

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u/rynasty107 Jan 22 '22

He looks like a contestant in a Little Buff Boys competition… they goosed him up a little

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u/goodkid_sAAdcity the REAL king of pro wrestling Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

It’s a goose suit. Old circus term.

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u/DaveColeDojo Jan 22 '22

THATS why we say it

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u/moviescriptlife Rock N Sock Connection's #1 Fan Jan 22 '22

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u/Fabulous_Diamond_656 Jan 22 '22 Helpful

Dude looks like Judomaster

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u/mwc_1742 Jan 22 '22

There are no chips so no he does not

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u/Fabulous_Diamond_656 Jan 22 '22

I'd pop for him kicking flaming hot cheetos at his opponent as a finisher

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u/kcMasterpiece GIVE ME WHAT I WANT! Jan 22 '22

He hasn't been wearing those in Defy in the past 2 months.

He's using his NJPW gear I think.

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u/FIJIBOYFIJI Jan 22 '22

Damn thats so much better

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u/moviescriptlife Rock N Sock Connection's #1 Fan Jan 22 '22

“Hey! Whose kid is this?” - Elias

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

I want to recruit that little kid that works for Dante.

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u/T3Sh3 Jan 22 '22

Big fan of Tommy as the White Power Ranger.

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u/ArnAndersonsGlock Jan 22 '22

And also as the Green Power Ranger.

... and the Black Power Ranger.

Tommy really was a man of many hats.

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u/T3Sh3 Jan 22 '22

And Red Zeo/Red Turbo.

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u/GrapesHatePeople BRET NOT BRETT Jan 22 '22

Just needs one more color to be able to form a traditional 5-person team of nothing but Tommys without any color overlaps.

It would be the dream team of 8 year old me.

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u/KingOfElysium Ace Austin = Future World Champ Jan 22 '22

there's always the third evolved form of lord drakkon from the comics,sure he's an evil version of tommy but he's not restricted to one color

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

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u/AeonLibertas Jan 22 '22

I miss (walking with) Elias

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u/Epic_erka Jan 22 '22

Man, dude was great on the mic. You cannot tell me that he wasn't decent enough in the ring to give you a 5-10 minute match every now and then.

They really dropped the ball with this character.

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u/PayneTrain181999 It's for damn sure that CM Punk won't be interrupting me! Jan 22 '22

Rumble return plz

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u/vortex_00 Jan 22 '22

But then again, he sometimes acts like a toddler.

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u/Lincolnruin Jan 22 '22

It looks like those baby bodysuits.

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u/D1NK4Life Jan 22 '22

Who wears full body gear? It’s an odd look unless you are Dustin

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u/def_of-insanity Jan 22 '22

Is it just because of decades of Goldust exposure or is there something about Dustin that pulls off the full body look? Discuss.

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u/12postsandImout Jan 22 '22

I think being lanky helps.

Nakamura has also wrestled in full body gear and while not his best look, it didn't look bad.

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u/BloodTypeBourbonRye Jan 22 '22

His body is actually just a giant splotch like the one his dad had on his stomach.

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u/jeremyfunktrain Jan 22 '22

He did look like a power ranger

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u/Pylons #TeamHangman Jan 22 '22

Wonder if it's actually an expiration or if he asked for his release/got released.

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u/Ramos1990 Jan 22 '22

I think he was going to be in AEW for awhile since he got a “ _ is all elite” graphic. It seems like people who get those stay for longer than people who actually don’t get them.

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u/The_Dark_Vampire Jan 22 '22

I think if he asked TK would just give it to him immediately

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u/Pleasant_Happy_Boy Jan 22 '22

yeah there's all kinds of ways to actually get out of the contract. if he actually requested release, they could restructure his contract to only be 6 months rather than a year. or maybe since he was so wishy washy he only signed for 6 months in the first place.

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u/ackinsocraycray HEY GO FUCK YOURSELF. GET THAT GUY OUTTA HERE. PIECE OF SHIT. Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

That sounds new to me. Because he got the "____ is All Elite" graphic, which usually means it's a full time deal. The other short term contract is getting paid by a number of appearances, like Matt Cardona (I think he only had 5).

Either way, wish Rush the best of luck by then.

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u/tylerjehenna The Era of Rain Jan 22 '22

Yeah, i could imagine him randomly retiring after debuting and reportedly signing last year at double or nothing would change tony's mind about offering him a long term deal

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u/ChejovAlacan This business watches FXXX Jan 22 '22

If he's working on the AEW music project for black history month, it's likely he wanted to finish his part in that before leaving the company

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u/Lolrog sit down marks Jan 22 '22

I feel like publicly chastising your boss on Twitter doesn't help with your career trajectory.

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u/alwaysmyfault Jan 22 '22

Damn, what a Rollercoaster for this guy.

Dude re debuted a few months ago with some kind of stock market investment gimmick, then dropped it two weeks later, only to recruit Dante Martin in a semi interesting story w Team Taz.

Now he's gone.

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u/ffx2982 jamdatjam Jan 22 '22

his gimmick really went by the rule "yourself turned up to 11"

so little bit of everything in particular and chaos overall

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u/AlmightyBracket Jan 22 '22

Bruh

They're just never going to get this Dante story going

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u/party_daz Jan 22 '22

They really should've just kept him on Team Taz. That was a good idea, I'm not sure why they reversed it.

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u/CoherentPanda Jan 22 '22

Thankfully Darius is coming back very soon.

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u/ClintGreasewood Fuck Money Jan 22 '22

Didn't they shoehorn Jay Lethal in the role?

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u/Dick_Handsome Jan 22 '22

I was giving AEW some shit for this angle veering all over the place, but when one of the key players changes his career goals every ten seconds, it makes a lot more sense. It’s a shame because Lio and Dante had instant chemistry and the fans loved it, but Rush just can’t be counted on for any long-term plans.

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u/NotYujiroTakahashi 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 Jan 22 '22

Yes

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u/DrDevice81 FUCK Jan 22 '22

Sucks cause I was enjoying him in AEW and he said him and TK talked and worked it out. But I guess this is what they worked out.

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u/NewRoryAndMalDrop Jan 22 '22

Thank you for putting the words together I couldn’t get out my head. This probably is what made sense for both parties.

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u/SaiyanOfDarkness "Holy Shit" Jan 22 '22

The storyline with him promoting Bobby Lashley's butt lasted longer.....

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u/ILikeYourPoetry Jan 22 '22

Well explains why the Dante Martin storyline is so fucking convoluted.

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u/hellyeahbud Jan 22 '22

Bro is all over the place. The joining of Team Taz was a cool swerve but betraying them gave me whiplash and was poorly handled.

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u/BigbySamMelody Pizza Cat Jan 23 '22

I didn’t hate the betrayal. Dante felt like he could take on MJF. He was new to TT, so he had no loyalty and probably expected they would want him to just lay down for Ricky Starks.

I like that Dante has his own agency.

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u/brieg4l Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Regardless of what he said. I’m more interested in how long his contract was. He signed in august(?) I believe.

Edit: me thinking lio would flip and join team taz 🤡🤡🤡

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u/The_Dark_Vampire Jan 22 '22

According to Wikipedia he signed on September 29th

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u/thorpie88 Your Text Here Jan 22 '22

Makes me wonder if some folks have rolling contracts that can be terminated with X amount of notice.

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u/brieg4l Jan 22 '22

Oh wow

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u/Lewy74 Jan 22 '22

I really like Lio but it feels like he doesn't know what he wants to do and changes his mind every few months.

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u/dynamicpenguin55 Jan 22 '22

It doesn't just feel like, that's exactly what he does. I'm not blaming the guy or anything but he debuted at DoN, retired, came back for a couple months and now he's leaving

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u/The_Dark_Vampire Jan 22 '22

He actually retired 3 times in around 1 and a half years

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u/__Hello_my_name_is__ Jan 22 '22

Maybe he's trying to out-retire Terry Funk.

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u/jarkofploiesti Jan 22 '22

He's only 27 so he'll probably do it by the time he's 30

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u/TheMoonDays Jan 22 '22

If lio is in a remake of Roadhouse, then we know it’s real and he’s going straight after the Funkman.

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

Why does he keep retiring? Does he have some sort of chronic bodily injury or condition that's causing him to retire?

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u/clnsdabst Jan 22 '22

He was on The Challenge (reality show) and quit due to mental health. He said living in the house gave him ptsd of his rough childhood.

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

Did he find out what it was?

And what were the other retirements?

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u/nodescription Jan 22 '22

He also went on The Challenge and quit to be home with his family.

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u/TheTwitteringMachine Jan 22 '22

Remember him saying how much he wanted to be world champion in AEW just after he signed. What a curveball this is.

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u/free-fall1982 Jan 22 '22

Yes. I do remember. I think it points out that the current date of him becoming a free agent is a recent development.

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u/Bosscharacter Jan 22 '22

I honestly couldn't see it. Issue Lio has in the current AEW is that everything he is good at and heralded for is actually covered pretty well by others who are as talented or more talented than him with less baggage(nothing wrong with speaking your mind, but you also have to consider what happens when you do.) World is not fair.

AEW is far too stacked(and projected to be stacked) with potential champs that I just don't see Lio as being one of them.

Nothing against dude, but he wouldn't be in the list of who i'd been the title on any time soon.

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u/AsamiTatsuya Jan 22 '22

My speculation is the public demand of an apology from his boss has lead to his boss now chosing to go in another direction. Not sure this was him changing his mind.

I'm just guessing tho

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u/clarkie13 Very Nice, Very Regal Jan 22 '22

I’m assuming the talks they had cleared the air and Lio is ones of those people where one bad experience ruins the entire job for him.

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u/JuliButt 100 mph is 160.93 km/h Jan 22 '22

This could be a very real possibility. I as a person have to work endlessly to not let 1 bad experience ruin a lot of things for me. It's tough, my brains wired in a stupid way.

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u/Ritual_Owl Jan 22 '22

You are not alone, one bad experience can fuck up my entire day and nights sleep. I'm working on it!

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u/djtodd242 Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex Jan 22 '22

None of us are alone. One small disagreement at work and my anxiety goes into overdrive.

Maybe we should start a club? :)

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

Yeah from his Oral Sessions interview I got the sense that he's a very sensitive guy (don't mean it in a bad way) in that he takes things to heart often and so perhaps his negative experiences with the company have been amplified. Can't help that his grandmother passed away at the end of last year too. It's a shame because the one match he had he was awesome. Wish he'd been able to get a proper resolution to his storyline.

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u/free-fall1982 Jan 22 '22

As a guy, who is very much on the sensitive side of things, I picked up that as well.

And yes, it is a bloody shame, because he is so damn good.

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u/Xex_ut Jan 22 '22

very sensitive guy

I think the better phrasing for it is an emotional guy. When he gets down he gets really down. Upset? Well he’s going to speak out about it. He constantly struggles to control them and we have proof of that because he leaks it onto Twitter.

Not uncommon for a 20 some year old to struggle with controlling their emotions, but it’s created problems for him in the 2 biggest companies in the industry.

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u/AsamiTatsuya Jan 22 '22

Probably had a good talk about it, that doesn't erase it tho. When jay came out instead of him to help Dante I knew the writing was on the wall.

Only speculation from me, but he either lost favour/his push and they dont want him or he doesn't like that he lost his spot and wants to leave.

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u/Xex_ut Jan 22 '22

He tweeted out something snarky about others in the Dante storyline not having anything to do after the battle royal. The Swole stuff might’ve been the final nail.

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u/McAllisterFawkes has been drinking Jan 22 '22

I think there's another option, where he decided he was out before they slotted in Jay Lethal.

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u/downey_jayr Jan 22 '22

This is the most likely scenario.

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u/stonecutter7 Jan 22 '22

I noticed during that segment they completely avoided mentioning Lio at all, even though they talked about Dante and Team Tazs history. I figured even if it was an injury or covid or something, they'd have at least kept his name involved.

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u/Crowbar_Faith Jan 22 '22

I think it was likely Tony’s decision. I think they did have a talk & cleared the air, but Tony decided “I can’t have my employees talking to me this way on social media” and later informed Lio that his contract won’t be picked up. And I don’t blame him. Who needs an employee getting on social media bashing you everytime he gets sideways about something?

AEW has been relatively drama free, and I’m sure Tony wants to keep it that way. It’s why he didn’t pick up Tessa Blanchard.

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u/mysteriousbaba Jan 22 '22

And why he let Ivelisse go early.

I do think if Lio had been just as vocal, but in private/phone first instead of going on social media, he'd likely have been fine.

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u/The_Match_Maker Jan 22 '22

I do think if Lio had been just as vocal, but in private/phone first instead of going on social media, he'd likely have been fine.

To quote the excellent HBO miniseries, John Adams:

"Perfectly acceptable to insult someone in private. Sometimes, they might even thank you for it afterwards. But when you do it in public, they tend to think you are serious."

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u/Kaprak I AM VANDAMABLE! Jan 22 '22

It's Lio. We'll 100% hear the truth sooner or later.

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u/Ramos1990 Jan 22 '22

Not only has he retired from wrestling and came back but he was also on The Challenge and quit.

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u/dynamicpenguin55 Jan 22 '22

Jesus, that didn't last long

Sucks because I thought he was a great fit for AEW, but oh well

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u/hatsimee Jan 22 '22

Yeah agree. I really like Lio as a wrestler but the guy seems to be really hard to work with.

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u/TheNextBlGThing Jan 22 '22 Silver

TK: I let Lio’s contract expire as I felt his wrestling wasn’t good enough. #AEWDynamite this coming Wednesday. Ladder Match to unify the TNT Titles between Cody and Sammy!

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u/professorspookypop Jan 22 '22

APOLOGIZE.

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u/pmIfNeedOrWantToTalk Jan 22 '22 Silver

FORGIVEN!

(a Jericho tweet re: Dreamer, for those unaware...)

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u/theblackyeti Waiting for Riho heel turn... Jan 22 '22

Jesus i forgot about that.

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u/Greyclocks BONESAW IS READY Jan 22 '22

So Jericho pretty much forgave Dreamer for his stupid comments on Dark Side of the Ring, but went all fuck Kalisto for spelling Brodie's name wrong?

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u/dpi784 Jan 22 '22

i love this copypasta

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u/Jedi_Master_Cena King Corbin's bitch Jan 22 '22

I can't believe you've done this

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u/bad_key_machine Jan 22 '22

Lio's loss is Sydal and Lethal's gain I guess.

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u/Lunchbox-of-Bees Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Honestly Moriarty’s as well. Because it looks like he will be involved in that Team Taz fued.

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u/moderndukes 69 me, Don Jan 22 '22

Yup, the Flippy Technical Quasi-Stable is a lot of fun to watch. Disappointed that Lio won’t be apart of it going forward, but looking forward to what they do and Darius returning.

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u/StephenReis "Scooby-Dooby-Doo" Jan 22 '22

Thank fuck! Lee Moriarty is my boy and I’m so happy he got TV time and even better, mic time. Kid has limitless potential. I really hope he continues his greatness and they push him to the moon.

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u/QuiGonJinnNJuice Jan 22 '22

AEW is my introduction to Lee Moriarty and he's so fun to watch. Really great in the ring and seems to be pretty thoughtful about his presentation, so I'm excited if he can get some more TV time and platform to flesh out his character and get over

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u/mrandre3000 Jan 22 '22

Shows how much faith they have in Dante too.

There are dozens of wrestling stories over the years of people falling to the wayside when their partners act up. They continue to pair Dante with top talent, keep him on TV and put him in matches.

The long term story for the Dante/Team Taz story must winning the FTW belt or something along those lines. It’s been start and stop, but hopefully they move forward with whatever is planned.

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u/Advanced_Summer_5033 Jan 22 '22

Matt Sydal when he sees he gets to be Dante's manager on TV again

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u/el_sh33p Jan 22 '22

Matt, toking up with Dante backstage: hey remember that time you betrayed me to get an unfair win and ran off with some guy who quit

Dante: lol, lmao

Matt: happy mad sad murder love stoner eyes me too, bro. me too.

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u/axb2002 Basking in one's Glory Jan 22 '22

This month has been crazy for pro wrestling. Lots of shit has gone down.

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u/QuiGonJinnNJuice Jan 22 '22

I have no clue what to make of this or what Lio's contract length was originally or anything. Hope that Lio is well and is doing what he wants to do.

The Dante story just gets more and more convoluted. First it seemed like it was Lio trying to finesse and maneuver and freeze out Darius as Dante's tag partner to hitch his wagon to this young phenom who doesn't conform to laws of gravity. Then it's wholesome Lio and Dante vs team Taz? Now this?

IDK, I don't want to see team Taz made to look like a bunch of geeks. Hobbs and Starks are both awesome and guys who I think are ready to be built up to a more prominent role in the promotion

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u/kingajeezy Jan 22 '22

So was there fallout from the NYE’s tweets? They’ve completely taken him out of storylines.

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u/Thirdstar1 Jan 22 '22

Feel like at first they announced him to be with Dante against Hobbs, then he just wasn’t and that was after the NYE stuff.

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u/Ghostiet Cody is nice but I want boo Jan 22 '22

he was still promoted in the lead up to Dante/Hobbs, so I think something happened along the way. if they knew he was on the way out, they wouldn't promote him and the stuff with Lethal would have been a lot smoother.

judging by how he handled things previously when things got heated, I don't think he'd be posting a "we're cool" post about the situation. I think the likeliest thing is he signed a short contract in September and either AEW decided not to renew or Lio changed his mind.

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u/free-fall1982 Jan 22 '22

I think now it makes clear, that Lethal is a pivot from Lio who was supposed to be in those spots.

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u/Ghostiet Cody is nice but I want boo Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

which, jeebus, it seems there were so many pivots in that one storyline.

first it seemed Lio is gonna heel Dante up and have a blow off with Darius when he gets back. then it seemed that the crowds vibed with them way too much to make Lio the bad guy so they went into the feud with Team Taz. THEN it seemed they couldn't decide whether it's Dante kayfabe "going into business for himself" after getting misted and Lio with Darius will try and save him; or if it's Lio and Dante playing Team Taz for fools and THEN Darius comes for the save.

now I have no fucking idea what this feud even is, because even the Lethal stuff seems very disjointed.

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u/free-fall1982 Jan 22 '22

This is a discussion for another thread, but yes. I think there is only so much one man can book. Even with the best of intentions.

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u/has_a_cat Jan 22 '22

I'm apparently a bit OotL. What happened?

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u/JamieOD Jan 22 '22

Was Lio still on his original deal from last May? I don’t know if that was ever made clear when he came back.

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u/exitlevelposition Jan 22 '22

This could be likely. A month paid in May, put on hold for "retirement," reactivated in September, through to mid February can add up to a six month deal.

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u/tehfro El Jeffe de malo AEW gifs Jan 22 '22

That'd definitely make sense, and a shorter deal would make sense for both parties with Lio's history and him working with New Japan.

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u/MysteriousWrestler Jan 22 '22

They were amazing as a tag team and I was hoping when Darius is back they would become a trio. That would have been amazing.

Oh well.

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u/tehfro El Jeffe de malo AEW gifs Jan 22 '22

Yeah, I thought they would have been an awesome trio once Darius came back as well.

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u/RRR04_ Jan 22 '22

This guy confuses the shit out of me

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u/Farrell21 Jan 22 '22

That’s unfortunate, hopefully he continues to rock it on NJPW Strong and wherever else he decides to show up. Great talent.

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u/SaitoTwinsFan Jan 22 '22

Ah man him and Dante were the coolest duo around smh

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u/Chi-zuru Jan 22 '22

I loved their acrobatic chemistry. One insane move after another.

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u/Glasband Jan 23 '22

This sucks. Whenever I get to watch a bit of Lio Rush, I'm astonished by how quick, athletic, and smooth he is in the ring. Then 2 months later, he's gone. Every. Single. Time.

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u/bunkmorelandsburner Jan 22 '22

Him and Dante had amazing chemistry.

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u/Djarum I am a F B I Agent Babeh! Jan 22 '22

I like Lio a lot and think he is a great talent but it is obvious that he is his own worst enemy.

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u/jackblady Your Text Here Jan 22 '22

TIL AEW offers 30 minute contracts.

Seriously didn't he just sign with them a few months ago?

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u/SamuraiSuplex Fight Raccoons Jan 22 '22

More like "Man of One Hour"

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u/King_Edge71 Jan 22 '22

Guy has a ton of talent but there just always seems to be something else going on. Would’ve been cool to see him and Dante continue their storyline but he will be somewhere soon.

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u/davesjustbored Jan 22 '22

Maybe... he's the problem?

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u/itsnotaboutthecell Jan 22 '22

No Seymour… it’s the bookers who are out of touch.

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u/Proxymophandlemama Jan 22 '22

Exactly what I was thinking. Seems to me he's got that "I'm the main character" syndrome.

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u/The_Dark_Vampire Jan 22 '22

Going by his own interviews and stuff he has said on social media he does come across as if he was given a Midcard Championship he would complain it wasn't the World Championship and if he won the World and held it for a full year he would complain it wasn't 2 years.

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u/cavalier_54 NXT Jan 22 '22

I was just starting to really dig Lio, what a shame. His stuff was Dante was top notch. He’s so young and talented, I really hope he figures this all out and stays long term somewhere.

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u/beanthebunny92 Jan 22 '22

Real talk, where does he go from here? I think he’s the first wrestler for it to not work out for both WWE and AEW. i feel like what he does next, he’ll most likely have to have a second job. I’m not sure how much wrestlers with IMPACT make though.

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u/ODBs_Scat_Plug Jan 22 '22

Tf is that ring gear. It looks like one of those fake muscle halloween costumes. Not that his muscles are fake or anything but that ring gear looks stupid on him

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u/Golod1289 The Cream Jan 22 '22

It's a goose suit

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u/successadult Let's Cheat! Jan 22 '22

We goosed em up a little. It’s an old circus term.

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u/dunkfest Jan 22 '22

Cut it HARD!

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u/ILikeYourPoetry Jan 22 '22 Narwhal Salute

Remember when people said that Lio was misunderstood and that his strong personality would be welcome in AEW?

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u/JackieD_RealHuman Jan 22 '22

I guess that explains why he just disappeared from the Dante storyline.

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u/HomieDontDeanThis_ Jan 22 '22

Man that sucks. Lio is truly unique in the ring.

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u/Packhammer24 Jan 22 '22

Lio seems to be all over the place. He wants to be a star but the second things aren’t going exactly how he wants it to be, he bails. He’s the guy that you work with that has a lot of talent but anything that is not going well is “never his fault”

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u/yoboylandosoda Jan 22 '22 Wholesome

People shit on Lio but I think he'll go down as one of the biggest wastes of talent in recent times. Him and Dante were really good together.

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u/LFCIcon Jan 23 '22

What a fucking Karen

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u/mwc_1742 Jan 22 '22

OH MY GOD, Taz's lawyers got Lio fired

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u/solelyginger Jan 22 '22

I’m actually really gutted by this news. He was great with Dante and was getting over. Whatever that happened behind the scenes, I hope they were amicable in their decision. It’s unfortunate.

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u/DTFlash Jan 22 '22

What kind of contract was he on?

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u/AlistarDark Jan 22 '22

With his track record, I don't think signing him to anything more than a year is a wise investment. Good luck.

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u/Ngilko Jan 22 '22

I love watching Lio Rush wrestle and I really hope he finds a company that is a good fit for him.