Kylie Rae Announces She is 'No Longer a Professional Wrestler'

Impact Wrestling star Kylie Rae announced she will "no longer be a professional wrestler."

The announcement was made on Rae's Patreon page Monday where the 28-year-old wrote a message to her subscribers in a heartfelt message citing her health as a factor. She also announced she is taking a break from social media.

Here's Kylie Rae's Patreon note in its entirety:

"Good morning,

I'm truly sorry for the pain I've caused and miscommunication, I am currently unwell. I'm also sorry that I wasn't able to get this out before your monthly subscription charge.

I wanted to take this time to say I am no longer a professional wrestler and am currently taking a break from social media. It's been a very hard decision to make but please understand.

When I am well, I will try to fulfill any obligations that have missed. During this time, most tiers will not be able to be fulfilled, please feel free to unsubscribe from this membership/PatreonAccount.

Thank you for your understanding. <3"

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The news comes a little more than a week after her scheduled match at Impact Wrestling's Bound for Glory pay-per-view. Rae was scheduled to wrestle Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo for the title, but did not appear.

Following the show, Fightful reported that no official reason was given for Kylie Rae's absence and that those in the company thought that the match was still happening as of the day before Bound for Glory. The report also states that other wrestlers told Fightful that they drove to Nashville--the site of Bound for Glory--with Kylie Rae on Friday.

Impact Wrestling did not announce Kylie Rae was not making the show, and instead had Purrazzo defend her title against a returning Su Yung, who would go on to defeat the champ and become the new Knockouts Champion.

We have reached out to Impact Wrestling for a statement on Rae's announcement.

After three years on the independent circuit, Kylie Rae would get her big break competing in All Elite Wrestling's first show, Double or Nothing. She would later sign a full-time contract with the new promotion, but before her advertised match against Leva Bates at 2019's Fyter Fest, Rae was inexplicably replaced by Allie.

AEW President Tony Khan would confirm to media two months later, after that year's All Out pay-per-view, that Rae asked for her release from the company and it was granted, calling it "amicable."

Two months later, Rae would appear for Impact Wrestling at 2019's Bound for Glory show.

"We were happy and honored to have Kyle Rae be a part of our Bound for Glory weekend. Kylie's an amazing performer and has the charisma that very few do," Impact Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D'Amore told the media during a conference call days after the event. "The door is certainly open if Kylie chooses that she wants to be a part of Impact Wrestling and she will excel in our amazing Knockouts division. She's exactly what we like to feature, which is talented, world-class female athletes that have amazing personas and connect with an audience."

In March 2020, Impact Wrestling confirmed that Kylie Rae signed with the company.

Newsweek wishes Kylie Rae well and all the best in her future.

About the writer

Phillip Martinez is a game and culture reporter for Newsweek. Prior to joining Newsweek in 2018, he was a reporter and editor for iDigitalTimes and Player.One. A Bronx native, he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from St. John’s University in 2010. An avid Nintendo fan and wrestling mark, he’s always looking to become a Pokémon Master while fantasy booking this year’s WrestleMania. You can contact him at

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