ALEXANDER RUSEV BACKSTAGE POLITICS
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
Adam Pearce
Rumors were floating around that Nick Dinsmore was given a release by WWE because of backstage politics as opposed to budget cost. Those rumors are gaining steam right now because the company is reportedly interested in hiring Adam Pearce as his replacement. The former NWA champion has been spotted at the performance center a couple of times already this month.
October 21, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
When reports surfaced that Nick Dinsmore was being released by WWE as a trainer, the belief was that it was for budgetary reasons. However, there are now rumors floating around that Dinsmore might have been the victim of backstage politics. No confirmation on the two different factions at odds, but word is that Dinsmore was on the wrong side of that battle.
October 10, 2014
JoJo Offerman
In WWE, sometimes a good personality can help to combat backstage politics. JoJo Offerman appears to be doing that right now, as it has been rumored that management has been praising her for maintaining a good attitude and continuing to work hard down in developmental. Some felt that she would be resentful towards WWE for removing her from the main roster and from the Total Divas cast.
May 26, 2014
Bob Holly
"They try to make that hall of fame leigtimate, but if you'll notice, to me, it's politically driven. A dead giveaway is Hunter wanting all of his little buddies, his little circle first. He's taken care of all of them." - Bob Holly suggesting that backstage politics plays a big part in the WWE Hall of Fame
May 19, 2014
Brock Lesnar
"Here's a guy that has a huge ego. He has a hard time with putting anybody over and let alone outside the business when someone like Brock Lesnar would have to hurt him. His ego wouldn't let him walk around in a sling. He wants people to know it's entertainment unless he's the one doing it then he wants you to walk around in a leg cast. This is what I see the problem is and I've been pretty critical about it. You've got somebody in that position that's got too big of an ego to run a company like that. Triple H goes to extreme lengths to look good, to be big and cut and make sure he's on the cover of the muscle magazine and make sure he's in fitness things. He's the guy who's putting himself in the forefront. For anybody to run a company like the WWE, you can't be that guy. You've got too much talent out there for you to put yourself out there in front of them." - Ken Shamrock bashing HHH for backstage politics
April 28, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
JBL
"There is a lot of truth to that, absolutely. There were guys that came there from other organizations that perhaps they thought they should just skip everybody else and skip right to the top and have things right away the way they wanted. I mean, hey, there are rules and things that you have to abide by as far as this business goes. and you have to respect those. But, when you don't respect those, then hey, we have got a problem. So, yes, we had a lot of guys who came in with that attitude, and John and I would have to be called upon to let them know 'hey, that is not how it works here'." - Ron Simmons on how he and JBL handled backstage politics in WWE
April 1, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"People always say, 'Oh, there haven't been many black champions,' but on the other hand, there are a whole lot of white people that never won a belt either. These days, I think it's less of a racial thing. I honestly believe that if you are able to entertain and interact with the crowd, it doesn't matter what ethnicity you may be. WWE will reward you." - Kofi Kingston discusses racism and backstage politics
March 26, 2014
Davey Richards
"We're not talking. We're not on good terms. I have no respect for them whatsoever. I strongly dislike management there like with the exception of Jeff Jones who is a great guy. But the booker (Hunter Johnson) is completely inadequate at his job and he got his job more for being spineless than being talented. And the owner (Joe Koff) is even worse, he could care less about wrestling. He just wants to do television. To me, it's just not something I agree with but I'm not there anymore and they do their own thing. And for the talent and the fans I wish them nothing but the best of luck. That company is in business not because of stellar booking and stellar management. They're in business still because they'they're spineless. The talent there is phenomenal. They're top notch and great. But the management from the booker to the owner it's definitely shut up and do what you're told and drink the Kool-aid. I made a joke when I was there I called it Jim Jones wrestling. Just shut up and drink the Kool-aid and do your job. In private, people are going this sucks this sucks this sucks and I'm the one who came out and said this is terrible. I worked for that company and gave them everything I had for seven years. I think I earned my right to an opinion. Once that got out, it was like you're going against the stream? You're not here to have an opinion, just shut up and do your job and get your paycheck. I'm sure you can find someone else to do that for a lot less money than what you're paying me so I'm just going to go about my way. Best decision I ever made and I have no desire to go back, ever." - Davey Richards talks about the backstage politics in ROH
March 8, 2014
John Cena
"He's a workhorse. He does incredible things for the company and he busts his butt. Outside the ring, I can't stand the guy. He's not a nice guy, he holds talent down. He steals ideas. He's a prick." - Tyler Reks discusses backstage politics with John Cena when he was in WWE
February 26, 2014
Kamala
"Vince McMahon has certain people that he will pay. If you get along with Vince, do him sexual favors, you'll get along good with him. But if you just (do your job and) mind your own business, then he doesn't like you for some reason. There was a lot of men with men in those days and even men with boys. I know a lot of guys that (failed drug tests) and it was documented that they passed, and I know what they did." - Kamala on backstage politics in WWE
February 23, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
"It was strictly politics. Dusty Rhodes was the booker and he was against it. You know, what are you going to do. He didn't book me anywhere during the whole time I had the belt until the rematch because Dusty Rhodes was a very, very jealous guy when it came to guys getting over. He was the wrong guy to be a booker. He is the one who put Jim Crockett out of business. He is the reason Jim Crockett had to sell and was losing his butt. It was the same thing with the Rock and Roll Express. He couldn't stand the Rock and Roll Express getting over like rock stars. I mean, girls would go crazy. They had to have some protection for the Rock and Roll Express, the girls would attack them, just like rock stars, it was unbelievable." - Ronnie Garvin discusses backstage politics and Dusty Rhodes
February 12, 2014
Carlito
Those hoping to see Carlito making his return to the company some day are going to be quite disappointed, as it seems like he has very little interest in returning to WWE. The former US champion has been booked rather frequently on the independent wrestling circuit, and he reportedly is not interested in returning to the backstage politics that takes place in WWE.
February 8, 2014
Daniel Bryan

"Hey WWE I’m not trying to be rude but the crowd seems to really want Daniel Bryan. Juuuuuuust MAFAKIN Saying!! Geez. Sadly WWE is still run by 'Muscle Marks.' It is what it is folks."

- Shane Helms on backstage politics in WWE

January 27, 2014
Armando Estrada

"You're not allowed to get over in WWE unless they want you to. If you do, you can and will be punished. Has happened to many over the years."

- Armando Estrada on backstage politics in WWE

January 26, 2014
Zack Ryder

There are many people within WWE that are impressed with Zack Ryder for how he has handled himself as a professional, despite being essentially buried by the company. He still shows up to work with enthusiasm, and he genuinely seems to enjoy his job.

January 1, 2014
Big E Langston

The belief is that Big E Langston has a really safe position within WWE because of his real life relationship with John Cena. Many feel that management will give him a decent push in order to appease the World Heavyweight Champion.

December 9, 2013
Daniel Bryan

There are those within WWE that feel that Daniel Bryan should be demoted back down to the mid card division.

November 8, 2013
Road Dogg

As his powers within WWE grow, Road Dogg has now been backstage at both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis.

November 4, 2013
Jeff Jarrett
There are talks within TNA that Jeff Jarrett regaining power within the company could force Eric Bischoff out.
October 27, 2013
Sheamus
After Monday Night Raw went off the air, WWE Network subscribers were treated to a bonus match. Alexander Rusev challenged Sheamus for the United States Heavyweight Championship, a match which was originally planned for Survivor Series 2014. The Russian heel ended up winning the title after Sheamus passed out from the Camel Clutch submission. No word yet on why WWE opted to do the match earlier than scheduled.
November 4, 2014
Mark Henry
One of the ideas being floated around right now has Mark Henry doing his rumored heel turn at Hell in a Cell 2014. WWE has planted the seeds by having Henry helping Big Show out in his feud against Alexander Rusev and Lana. The belief is that management wants to use the feud to put Rusev closer to the main event scene, while protecting Big Show, which can be done if Henry turns and costs him the match at the pay per view.
October 15, 2014
John Cena
A lot of speculation has arisen ever since Rock made a surprise appearance on Monday Night Raw and worked a segment with Alexander Rusev and Lana. Many are under the impression that a match between the two could take place at Wrestlemania 31. However, WWE does not appear to be heading in that direction. Rusev is still penciled in for a high profile match against John Cena at the pay per view.
October 12, 2014
Big Show
While he does not have a story line or a feud on Monday Night Raw, Bray Wyatt has been working against Big Show, most recently during the brief tour of Malaysia. That has led to speculations that the two of them could be bringing that feud to television soon. However, Big Show is expected to put over Alexander Rusev, which would bring him down a notch. Management is concerned about putting Wyatt against mid card performers after moving him all the way up to John Cena.
October 11, 2014
Sheamus
With only two matches confirmed for Hell in a Cell 2014, WWE is looking at building the under card with some filler matches. One of the top candidates is a bout between Sheamus and Miz. Management is leaning towards definitely doing that match because they need to build up Sheamus, so that he can be placed into a feud with Alexander Rusev next month.
October 11, 2014
Alexander Rusev
One of the reasons why WWE issued an apology in regards to the recent segment featuring Big Show and Alexander Rusev is because they have television shows in that country. The flag incident did make the news, but it was not considered a big deal over there because many are aware that it was simply an act. It also helps that there is a Russian loyalist character being booked strong.
October 9, 2014
Big Show
In a sign of how rapidly Alexander Rusev is rising through the ranks, management now has him penciled in a high profile match at Wrestlemania 31 against John Cena. The Russian loyalist is expected to be built up in upcoming matches against Big Show and possibly Sheamus before starting his feud with Cena. The early bet is that Cena will be the one to end the reign of terror by Rusev.
October 9, 2014
Brock Lesnar
At one point in time, WWE wanted to rebuild Big Show into a main event performer, so that he can be fed to Brock Lesnar on a pay per view. There was talk of them working a title match at Royal Rumble 2015. However, it now appears that management is shying away from that idea. Instead, Show will more than likely put over Alexander Rusev, who is rapidly rising into the main event scene.
October 9, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Since he made an appearance on Monday Night Raw and worked a segment with Alexander Rusev, speculation has run wild that the Rock will be wrestling a match at Wrestlemania 31. As of right now, that seems highly unlikely, as the former world heavyweight championship has signed on for several movies over the next year. The studios are also said to be against the idea of him risking injuries in a wrestling ring again.
October 9, 2014
Rock
As most people, even those who do not watch on a weekly basis, already know, the Rock made a surprise return to Monday Night Raw this week. He verbally berated Lana and Alexander Rusev before engaging in a physical confrontation with the latter. Reports have surfaced that WWE officials instructed the Rock to only utilize punches, so that the Rusev character can be protected.
October 7, 2014
Sheamus
After winning his war against Mark Henry, Alexander Rusev was transitioned over into a feud with Big Show. The two of them are expected to finish off their program at Hell in a Cell 2014. Rusev is expected to come out on top and move further up the ladder. Reports have surfaced that WWE is going to pair him up with Sheamus and have him take the United States Heavyweight Championship off of him.
October 2, 2014
Mark Henry
Alexander Rusev is rapidly moving up the ladder in WWE. There are those backstage that are already pushing for him to be groomed for a feud against John Cena in the very near future. The belief is that Mark Henry, a former world heavyweight champion with some credibility with the fans, will be putting over Rusev at Night of Champions 2014.
September 17, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Rumors are floating around right now that there is a good amount of backstage heat from management towards Zack Ryder. Some are even pointing to the fact that he was squashed by Alexander Rusev recently as evidence that WWE is upset with him for comments that he has made on social media. The belief is that Ryder is on thin ice nowadays, as his name value has been reduced greatly by being utilized sparsely over the last couple of years.
September 2, 2014
Jack Swagger
There are rumors floating around right now that Zeb Colter is going to be dropped from television and removed as the manager of Jack Swagger. Many are assuming that since WWE kept him off of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Colter is said to be making a return soon and is only selling the kick from Alexander Rusev. Management still views him as an asset.
August 22, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE officials were not too pleased with the performance that Alexander Rusev put on at Summerslam 2014 in his flag match against Jack Swagger. His selling of an ankle injury was sub par, and the manner in which he sold it was not very fitting of his character. WWE really wants him in the main event scene, so they're paying much more attention to his matches than usual.
August 21, 2014
Mark Henry
There was a little bit of confusion on Monday Night Raw. Fans were led to believe that Big Show and Mark Henry were forming a team, especially after they were given a victory over Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Later on in the evening, Henry came out and started what looked like a feud with Alexander Rusev. The reason for all this is because WWE was not sure what they wanted to do, and the scripts overlapped. The decision to do a feud between Henry and Rusev was a last minute thing.
August 20, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Rumors are floating around that WWE officials have yet to finalize the rules for the flag match between Alexander Rusev and Jack Swagger at Summerslam 2014. The issue right now is that the creative department wants to make both guys look strong in the match. There is also a belief that they want Swagger to get the victory without taking too much heat away from Rusev.
August 16, 2014
Jack Swagger
There is some confusion within WWE right now in regards to the upcoming flag match between Alexander Rusev and Jack Swagger at Summerslam 2014. Since the heel foreigner utilizes a submission maneuver, there are talks that officials could allow that rule to be added. There are also talks that it could just simply be a thing where the winner gets to wave his flag and have his national anthem played after the match.
August 12, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE has already dropped the new stable of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. Speculations rose even further when Langston worked a singles match on Smackdown, losing decidedly to Alexander Rusev. Kingston has also been working solo while doing live events in Australia these past couple of days.
August 9, 2014
Jack Swagger
On Monday Night Raw this week, fans witnessed Mark Henry making his return and attacking Damien Sandow. The belief is that he will be given a slight push from WWE, so that he can be utilized in an upcoming feud with Alexander Rusev, who desperately needs people to work against after he is done with Jack Swagger. Beating a performer as big as Henry should help further establish Rusev as a top level heel.
August 5, 2014