In the words of my friend Joe Brown when he gets exciting news, OH BOY! In a move that can at worst be described as blockbuster and at best possibly landscape changing, Ring of Honor has announced on Twitter that they have signed CMLL/MLW luchador Rush to an exclusive contract. Whether that means exclusive everywhere or simply exclusive in the US is unknown.
Rush recently debuted for ROH in December of 2018, defeating TK O’Ryan in a match to seemingly launch a feud with O’Ryan’s stablemate Matt Taven. At the same time Rush also debuted for Court Bauer’s Major League Wrestling, where it was immediately announced that Rush would fight longtime rival LA Park at MLW’s Wrestlemania weekend show. It was reported at the time that both ROH and CMLL (who have a working arrangement) had asked Rush not to work MLW only for him to do so anyway. It’s unknown what this will do for Rush’s MLW status but after both Brody King and PCO were pulled from MLW after signing with ROH, it can be assumed Rush will be leaving MLW and the highly anticipated match between him and Park will be off. It’s also possible Rush will be leaving CMLL if ROH’s deal means complete exclusivity, though that remains to be seen.
Update: MLW has announced that Rush is off the Wrestlemania weekend show (Battle Riot II), explaining he was pulled by a “third party promoter.” They have also announced the match will be replaced by LA Park vs. Pentagon Jr., a rematch of one of MLW’s best matches from 2018.
Update #2: PWInsider is reporting that Rush’s contract with ROH is exclusive to the US only. He will still be allowed to work CMLL in Mexico and will split time between the two promotions.
Lucha Central will keep you updated on this developing story.