ALEXANDER RUSEV BACKSTAGE
Name
Alexander Rusev
Real Name
Miroslav Barnyashev
Date of Birth
December 25, 1985
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2008
Alexander Rusev
During Monday Night Raw, Alexander Rusev was backstage and was awaiting instructions from the officials. However, management was unable to come up with anything creative for him, so plans on featuring him on television were scrapped for the evening. WWE did not want to do the same segment that they have been doing each week again.
March 19, 2014
Brutus Magnus
"I'm as grateful to Sting as anybody in the wrestling business for the benefit he has had in my career. Steve is a great guy and very very smart and just a model citizen as far as the way he conducts himself and how much respect he commands. There are some people who seem to be obsessed with respect and seem to be obsessed with guys not showing them enough respect but Sting is a guy who has never had to pull any stunts, never had to bully anyone, never had to throw his weight around or pull rank; he commands respect. The same could be said about Kurt Angle." - Brutus Magnus discusses how Sting is backstage
April 15, 2014
Bruiser Brody
Older wrestling fans took quite an interest in WWE inducting Carlos Colon into the hall of fame this year. Many were expecting to see some backstage heat incident taking place because there are still many people in the industry who blame Colon for his involvement in the murder of Bruiser Brody. Cooler heads prevailed, and the situation went pretty smoothly for WWE.
April 15, 2014
Triple H
There has been a bit of a shift in philosophy backstage with Triple H taking over more of the power from Vince McMahon, as the former world heavyweight champion is more inclined to respond to internet wrestling fans by taking jabs through the story lines. For years, McMahon has long avoided any connection with fans online, but HHH likes sending messages to people who complain.
April 14, 2014
Ian Rotten
A very ugly incident took place over the weekend between Ian Rotten and Jeff Jarrett. According to Rotten, Jeff and Karen Jarrett were intoxicated at his show. A dispute over money came up, which Rotten admits was his fault. Jeff was said to have gone ballistic backstage, threatening Rotten, and even going as far as knocking off the glasses from the face of Rotten's 17 year old son. Jarrett has yet to tell his side of the story.
April 14, 2014
Michael Hayes
In a sign of just how valued he is within the company, Michael Hayes is still with WWE. He remains a fairly high ranking official for the company and has a big role backstage, even though he has had so many incidents and suspensions. WWE is even tossing around the idea of inducting the Freebirds into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 32, which is rumored to be held in Texas.
April 14, 2014
Bobby Roode
If TNA decides to keep the belt on Eric Young for the long term, an idea which is being tossed around backstage because of his marketing value at the moment, then management is going to push Bobby Roode up as a challenger for the world heavyweight championship. There are still talks of Brutus Magnus recapturing the belt at TNA Sacrifice 2014.
April 14, 2014
Heath Slater
Since the company needs room for all the new stars that they are bringing up from the developmental program, WWE is expected to allow several of the veteran performers to leave the company soon. The belief is that Heath Slater will be allowed to walk once his contract expires. The 3MB member has expressed frustration backstage over not receiving a push.
April 14, 2014
Darren Young
At a live event in Texas over the weekend, Darren Young might have suffered some sort of injury. His match with Fandango was extremely short, and the ending was awkward, as Young was counted out after delivering a flying ax handle. Agents came out to the ringside area to check on Young and helped him limp backstage.
April 13, 2014
Xavier Woods
Even though the company does not have any plans on pushing him in the near future, Xavier Woods is well liked backstage by many in WWE. He has a genuine enthusiasm for being on the main roster and traveling around the world. Woods is viewed as an asset right now because he is willing to do whatever WWE asks of him.
April 13, 2014
Aksana
Another name that is rumored to be released by WWE soon is Aksana. While she is on good terms with management now, the backstage relationship has always been up and down. The belief is that the company views her as being expendable and will more than likely allow her to walk once her contract expires. WWE needs room for newer stars.
April 13, 2014
Brock Lesnar
There was actually a push backstage in WWE to have Jim Ross doing commentary at Wrestlemania 30. The legendary performer was penciled in to call the match between Brock Lesnar and Undertaker. WWE opted against the idea because they were concerned that fans might be able to figure out that Undertaker was going to be losing the match since Ross was brought back for the occasion.
April 13, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
As of right now, there are plans backstage to give Antonio Cesaro a huge push. Pairing him with a great talker like Paul Heyman was the start of that. There are even those in WWE that are pushing for Cesaro to be pushed high enough over the next year, so that he can be thrown into a match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31, where Heyman would play a pivotal role in the story.
April 12, 2014
Scott Hall
A picture of Scott Hall and Ultimate Warrior backstage at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony that took place during Wrestlemania 30 weekend.
April 12, 2014
Damien Sandow
There are people backstage in WWE that are questioning the Rob Van Dam return, as it almost feels like an afterthought. Aside from taking place on the same episode of Monday Night Raw where so many new stars were introduced, he also worked a match against Damien Sandow, a performer that has rarely been in a featured role in WWE.
April 11, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
While he does not receive a ton of praise form his employers, Zack Ryder revealed to WWE fans through this Twitter post that the Ultimate Warrior praised him when they met backstage this past week. Warrior told Ryder that his impersonation is actually better than the real gimmick.
April 11, 2014
Christy Hemme
While she has been working backstage in a variety of roles over the past year, Christy Hemme has now been officially added to the creative department in TNA. The belief is that she will be specializing in the Knockouts division, where it will be her job to come up with stories for the girls. She might also have a hand in the ongoing story with Sam Shaw as well.
April 10, 2014
AJ Lee
Now that Paige is on the main roster and has won the WWE Divas Championship from AJ Lee, people backstage are trying to decide who to put the WWE NXT Women's Championship on. Ashley Flair has been receiving a bit of push as of late, and the belief is that she is the top candidate to carry the strap. Ric Flair could become more involved in the product at this point.
April 10, 2014
CM Punk
Since he walked away from the company, CM Punk has now been removed from the upcoming Flintstones movie. To make it easier on the script writers, WWE has decided to replace him with Rey Mysterio, which should make it fairly easy for them to adapt the story line. The belief backstage is that Punk is going to just wait until his contract expires this summer.
April 10, 2014
Sting
Even though he did not show up at Wrestlemania 30 or the following Monday Night Raw, things between Sting and WWE are not over and done with. There are many backstage that believe that management will still continue to negotiate with Sting, as they feel that he can be a valuable marketing asset for the WCW library that they currently air on the WWE Network.
April 9, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Much was made about the longstanding backstage heat between Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior over this past week, but according to Hogan, the two of them finally got a chance to make up. The WWE legends reportedly met, talked, shook hands and even hugged one another. Hogan was sitting in the front row when Warrior was inducted into the hall of fame on Saturday night.
April 9, 2014
Zack Ryder
In a rather interesting move, Alexander Rusev has been removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw for the second week in a row. His debut match against Zack Ryder was omitted the previous week. He defeated Xavier Woods this week and assaulted R Truth afterwards. Apparently, WWE did not feel that was important enough to include on the Hulu version.
April 15, 2014
Alexander Rusev
A picture of Lana, who manages WWE newcomer Alexander Rusev, in a bikini. This picture was taken well before she joined the main roster.
April 14, 2014
Alexander Rusev
A picture of Lana, who manages Alexander Rusev in WWE, wearing a gold bikini back when she was a model and before she decided to join the world of professional wrestling.
April 12, 2014
Zack Ryder
A video from WWE Main Event of a match between Alexander Rusev, who made his in ring debut on Monday Night Raw this week against Zack Ryder, and Sin Cara. This segment was designed to give even further credibility to Rusev, who is expected to be booked in victories on television over the next couple of weeks.
April 11, 2014
Bo Dallas
Even though WWE is bringing up Bo Dallas, Alexander Rusev, Adam Rose and Paige, there are still plans from management to move Sami Zayn from the WWE NXT roster to the main one. There were talks that he was going to be kept in developmental, so that the program can have some depth and star power, but it looks like WWE is going all in now.
April 11, 2014
Zack Ryder
Despite the company being very high on the guy, Alexander Rusev had his debut match removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week. He defeated Zack Ryder in a squash match, but WWE officials deemed it not important enough to show their fans on Hulu. This leads to a lot of questions about how strong of a push Rusev will receive.
April 8, 2014
Andre the Giant
According to online betting websites, Alexander Rusev is the heavy favorite to win the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. WWE officials have been trying to think of a way to make his debut strong, and this could be how they kick start his push. Expect him to be featured on Monday Night Raw, where he might finally have a match.
April 6, 2014
Andre the Giant
Earlier this week, WWE announced the participants in the Andre the Giant battle royal that is taking place at Wrestlemania 30. The company left four open spots for surprise entrants and as a way to buy themselves time on making the decisions. A strong rumor is that Alexander Rusev will be taking one of those spots and be given a decent push in the match.
March 26, 2014
Xavier Woods
A video of the match between Alexander Rusev and Xavier Woods from the latest episode of WWE NXT.
March 15, 2014
Andre the Giant
With the announcement of the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30, WWE has now created an opportunity for them to give a big debut to Alexander Rusev, the latest developmental wrestler to make the jump to the main roster. His name has been mentioned as one of the top candidates to win the match at the pay per view.
March 12, 2014
Roman Reigns
While he has been eager to make his return to the company, Evan Bourne does not appear to be much of a priority for WWE at this point. After Wrestlemania 30, the focus will be on pushing guys like Roman Reigns and Antonio Cesaro. Alexander Rusev is set to make his debut, so management will be focusing on him as well. Not a lot of room for Bourne in this scenario.
March 7, 2014
Big Show
Since the former world heavyweight champion does not have a program to work with right now, there are talks within WWE of having Big Show being the one to elevate the debuting Alexander Rusev. Management wants to give the developmental wrestler a nice push after Wrestlemania 30, and Show would be able to provide him with some credibility right off the bat.
March 7, 2014
Alexander Rusev
While the company will continue to promote him in interview segments, WWE does not plan on doing the debut match for Alexander Rusev until after Wrestlemania 30. The belief is that management wants it to be a big deal, and right now, he would simply be overshadowed by the stories that they are building towards the big pay per view.
February 27, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Some further tweaks are being made to the Alexander Rusev character before he makes his big splash in WWE, as management has decided to switch up his finishing move. He had been using the camel clutch, which has been utilized by heel foreigners for years now, but will now be switching to the side slam when he returns to television.
February 21, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Observant fans have noticed that Dolph Ziggler has been in the dog house with WWE management over the last year, and it looks like an address change is not in the works any time soon. The former world heavyweight champion not only was forced to work a dark match at the Smackdown taping, he also put over newcomer Alexander Rusev.
February 14, 2014
Alexander Rusev
While he is going to be portraying a big monster in WWE, Alexander Rusev is actually a normal guy outside the ring. The developmental wrestler was spotted recently at a Los Angeles Clippers game. This picture of he and Lana, who is being called up to the main roster as well, showed up on Twitter.
February 11, 2014
Alexander Rusev

When Alexander Rusev made his debut at Royal Rumble 2014, many were under the impression that it was a permanent call up to the main roster. However, it appears that management wants the developmental wrestler to have a little more seasoning by working in WWE NXT for a few more weeks.

January 31, 2014
Rikishi

Alexander Rusev, the developmental wrestler who made his debut at Royal Rumble 2014, was trained by Rikishi. His relationship with the former WWE star helped help progress in the industry a lot quicker than a lot of other guys who have tried to make it to the main roster.

January 29, 2014
Alexander Rusev

Rumors had persisted for several months that Alexander Rusev was next in line to be called up from developmental to the main roster in WWE, and the move took place during Royal Rumble 2014, where the big man was involved in the annual battle royale.

January 27, 2014
Kofi Kingston

Batista won Royal Rumble 2014 by eliminating Roman Reigns in the end. Other contestants during the match were Alberto Del Rio, Alexander Rusev, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, JBL, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and the Miz.

January 26, 2014