In a recent interview with Josh Martinez as part of the Superstar Crossover podcast, All Elite Wrestling President Tony Khan discussed several topics, including the appearances of Rey Fenix and RUSH not being advertised ahead of the recent AEW Collision episode.

“RUSH, I wanted to bring back as a surprise to the fans in Jacksonville. We had done some cool things on Wednesday, some fun surprises, in terms of that casino gauntlet match, and some really cool unexpected match-ups that nobody saw coming, and we had given the fans a really fun show, there was so much great stuff on Wednesday’s show in Jacksonville, including that casino gauntlet match.

I wanted to give the fans a nice surprise on Saturday, and I thought that it would be great to have RUSH come back, I thought this was a really cool surprise for the fans in Jacksonville, just like we’ve given some fun surprises on Wednesday with the match-up in the casino gauntlet match.

I got a fun surprise, and it didn’t happen until after Dynamite, so I wasn’t able to get ahead on it on prior weeks of television, it was something that snuck up on me later, and we just cleared right before Collision. Rey Fenix, when he came in for the medical check, and he was cleared and he really wanted to wrestle for the fans in Jacksonville, I thought it was great, so we announced it during the NFL Draft and I had a block there, and it was something else that I moved around and made some changes to make sure we got this great match on the show for the fans.

I was pleasantly surprised when Rey Fenix came in and said he got cleared for this week, because it was not something I went in expecting, and it was a nice thing to get Rey Fenix back and a nice surprise for the fans.”

The full interview is available at this link.