Tully Blanchard Discusses “Complex” Exit From AEW

Tully Blanchard & FTR

Tully Blanchard has admitted that he doesn’t see himself returning to wrestling, noting that his exit from AEW wasn’t as simple as his contract expiring.

A legend in the wrestling industry, former Four Horsemen member Tully Blanchard joined AEW in July 2019, and went on to manage the likes of FTR and The Pinnacle.

However, in a new interview on The Two Man Power Trip, Tully Blanchard has confirmed that he is no longer a part of the company or any of its subsidiaries, and that it likely marks the last time he’ll be linked to a wrestling promotion.

I’m no longer with AEW or Ring of Honor or any subsidiaries thereof. That sounded pretty legal, didn’t it? I would imagine that my wrestling career is probably over other than doing autograph shows and things like we did in Nashville. I don’t know how many retirement matches, last matches, (Ric) Flair can have.

When asked if he left because his contract had expired, Blanchard answered: “No, it was a little more complex than that, but my contract is up and I’m gone”.

Tully Blanchard went on to discuss the reasons why he wouldn’t look to have one more match.

I personally, would prefer my last match, unfortunately AEW talked me into one, but before that, most of my matches, I think I only wrestled six or seven times after my full-time career, and people’s memories are of me, me and Arn, me and the Horsemen and back in those days when I could actually do it. I can’t do it anymore. I was asked to do a last match with Ricky Steamboat and said, ‘I’m not going to embarrass myself and go out there and not be able to do what I used to do.’ Just watch the videos.

Tully Blanchard returned to the ring for the first time since 2007 when he teamed with FTR to take on Jurassic Express on the 3rd March 2021 edition of AEW Dynamite.

With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.