Former WWE star Lio Rush made his debut with All Elite Wrestling on Sunday night by working the Casino Battle Royale at the AEW Double or Nothing pay-per-view event.
Rush was revealed as the mystery participant in the contest that also featured Griff Garrison, Brian Pillman, 10, Stu Grayson, Nick Comoroto, Serpentico, Lee Johnson, Dustin Rhodes, Anthony Bowens, Max Caster, Penta El Zero Miedo, Isiah Kassidy, Marq Quen, Matt Sydal, Christian Cage, Matt Hardy, Powerhouse Hobbs, Evil Uno, Colt Cabana, Jungle Boy, and Aaron Solow.
While Rush made the surprise appearance, it was Jungle Boy who ended up winning it. Rush was let go by WWE last April along with several other wrestlers due to budget cuts. He pushed forward with his career and started working for MLW and NJPW.
After his appearance at Double or Nothing, it was believed he had signed a contract with AEW. That’s not the case as AEW President Tony Khan mentioned in a media scrum that he has a handshake deal with Rush.
“I haven’t got pen to paper, but Lio and I have a handshake where he can work here and New Japan [Pro Wrestling]. He wanted to keep working here and I think we’ve worked something good out on a handshake. I think he has a handshake with New Japan too and that’s what we’ve been doing and it’s been pretty good. I think it’s a good way to work, so far, so good.”
You can watch the entire media scrum by clicking on the player below (quotes can be found at the 23:56 mark):