ALEXANDER RUSEV CREATIVE DEPARTMENT TRIVIA
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
Alexander Rusev is posing a considerable problem for the WWE creative department nowadays. The staff was instructed to push him up the ladder, but they are now running out of options. His program with Jack Swagger has either ended or will end soon. Rusev cannot be placed into a program with someone lower on the card, and it's too soon for him to work against John Cena. Sheamus has been named as a possible opponent to help Rusev kill time.
July 27, 2014
Alexander Rusev
In what appears to the creative department amusing themselves and Vince McMahon, Xavier Woods will be changing up his gimmick for the next episode of Smackdown. He will be donning the red, white and blue ring gear, similar to what he wore in TNA as Consequences Creed, when he faces Alexander Rusev. WWE is doing a Russia vs United States theme.
June 5, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
Since she has been around WWE for a very long time, wrestling fans have been wondering how old Stephanie McMahon is. She was born on September 24, 1976, which makes her 37 right now. Due to her age and the fact that the kids are getting a little older, Stephanie recently decided to scale back on her responsibilities within WWE. She is no longer in charge of the creative department.
April 22, 2014
Damien Sandow
Rumors going around right now is that the impersonation gimmick that Damien Sandow has been doing is basically a way for the creative department to appease Vince McMahon, who has been known to find humor in stuff like this. To his credit, Sandow has embraced the role, in hopes that it will convince WWE to finally give him the push that he deserves.
July 7, 2014
Paige
Rumors leaked recently about Vince McMahon not being a big fan of Paige, which would explain why the creative department has not given her much to work with since she captured the WWE Divas Championship. That riled up her mother, who happens to be a professional wrestler in England. She replied on social media by denying the rumors and mocking wrestling sites for their accuracy. However, she later deleted the messages, perhaps realizing that she was adding fuel to the fire and hurting her daughter by addressing the rumors.
June 17, 2014
Bo Dallas
It looks like the Bo Dallas push in WWE could be coming to an end soon. While he still has some supporters in the creative department, especially those who are amused by the gimmick, it is being said that Vince McMahon himself is not a fan. Rumors have it that McMahon was the one that quickly pulled the plug on his first stint on the main roster, so it would not come as a surprise if he decided to halt the push soon.
June 12, 2014
Paige
While a lot of fans are high on the newcomer, Vince McMahon is said to not be a fan of Paige, even though she currently wears his WWE Divas Championship. Rumors have it that she has not been given much of a story line to work with because McMahon is not backing her. It is probably the reason why the creative department has done little character development for her.
June 12, 2014
Daniel Bryan
With Daniel Bryan injured, things are a bit hectic backstage in WWE, as he was the centerpiece story line. The situation backstage is made even worse by the fact that the company has seen its stock plummet. It has now gotten to the point where Vince McMahon himself is taking over more control of the creative department than usual. He has been making decisions on how to work around the Bryan injury.
June 8, 2014
El Torito
Over the last decade, it has been repeatedly stated that the creative department likes to do segments that amuse Vince McMahon, and it appears that they have done that once again by pairing Hornswoggle and El Torito together in a WeeLC match at Extreme Rules 2014, where the performers will most likely work with small ladders, tables and chairs.
April 29, 2014
Vince Russo
Rumors are still going around that Vince Russo is involved with TNA, even though a lot of people within the company have denied that being the case. There are new reports that Russo actually is under a consultant contract that expires in a few months. The belief is that he is helping TNA with the story lines, even though he is not officially a part of the creative department.
April 19, 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
Ric Flair
While the legendary Nature Boy is expected to be at the event, Ric Flair is not expected to be utilized on camera at Wrestlemania 30. WWE still has plans on making him into a manager for at least one of the performers, but the creative department has been much too busy over the last couple of months to come up with a story line for that.
April 4, 2014
CM Punk
A widespread belief in the industry is that if CM Punk were to return to WWE, it would have taken place at Monday Night Raw this week since it took place in his hometown of Chicago. The timing would have been great, and it would have enabled the creative department enough time to set him up for a big spot at Wrestlemania 30.
March 4, 2014
Big E Langston
Thought it would be heavily rushed into play, there are still those backstage in WWE that are pushing for Dean Ambrose to receive a singles match at Wrestlemania 30 against Big E Langston. It would be the match where the United States and Intercontinental Championship would be combined, so that the creative department no longer has to write for both belts.
March 1, 2014
Big Show
Even though he was not booked for Elimination Chamber 2014, Big Show is still very much in contention for a coveted match at Wrestlemania 30. Right now, WWE simply had nothing for him from the creative department. Plus, he replaced the Great Khali on an overseas promotional tour of India. He should be back on television soon.
February 24, 2014
Billy Gunn
Even though they lost at Elimination Chamber 2014, there are talks that Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso could be given a rematch tonight on Monday Night Raw. Since WWE wants it to be a special episode, they're wanting at least one title change to take place. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn could be the casualties of the creative department tonight.
February 24, 2014
Christy Hemme
There are talks backstage in TNA that the story line featuring Sam Shaw and Christy Hemme will eventually involve Ethan Carter. Management wants to pair up the two of them together at some point, so the creative department has been trying to figure out how to blend the story stories and characters together.
February 23, 2014
Christy Hemme
It looks like Christy Hemme is growing in power backstage in TNA, as it has now been revealed that she is working closely with the Knockouts division. The belief is that she helping to set up the promos, matches and stories. While it is not certain if she is an official member of the creative department yet, it appears that she does have a lot of say.
February 22, 2014
Xavier Woods
While there looked to be some promise early on, it now appears that WWE is no longer pushing Xavier Woods. He has been largely neglected on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown over the last few weeks, and the belief is that the creative department has been inundated with things to do before Wrestlemania 30, so Woods will have to wait.
February 21, 2014
Kaitlyn
Through Twitter, Kaitlyn revealed that she had recorded a shoot video, and it has been gaining the interest of many backstage in WWE. There are rumors that she finally reveals what led her to request her release from the company. As many already know, Kaitlyn was a little bit unhappy towards the end of her stint there, as she felt that the creative department could have used her better.
February 15, 2014
Stephanie McMahon

When it was announced that she was changing her official title within the company, there were some speculations that Stephanie McMahon was still going to be heavily involved in the creative department in WWE, but it now appears that she truly has embraced her new role and is rarely involved with the writing for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown.

February 11, 2014
Chris Masters
During a recent interview, Chris Masters revealed that he was not going to be returning to WWE again. He stated that he was upset with the company because he felt that the creative department was not utilizing him properly. On the flip side, though, there does not appear to be a lot of interest from WWE in bringing him back, either.
February 11, 2014
Booker T
While he hasn't been a relevant part of Monday Night Raw or Smackdown in quite some time now, Theodore Long is still actually employed by WWE. The creative department simply does not have a story line for him to work with at the moment. The long rumored feud between he and Booker T has essentially been put to rest and will not be utilized.
February 8, 2014
Jack Swagger
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE has decided to drop the story line involving Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger, Alexander Rusev and Lana. The belief is that the company changed their minds after seeing the backlash from the media and the fans over the controversial promo that Lana cut at the pay per view. WWE did not let her do much talking on Monday Night Raw this week.
July 22, 2014
Lana
Vince McMahon decided to take a huge gamble at WWE Battleground 2014 when he had Lana and Alexander Rusev cutting a promo that hinted about the recent airplane disaster in the Ukraine. That received plenty of backlash from the media and from fans on social media websites. It got to the point where WWE even released a official statement with a veiled jab at those who are complaining.
July 21, 2014
Vince McMahon
With the real life incident of an airplane being shot down in war torn Ukraine, there are rumors going around that WWE may be forced to tone down the ongoing story line with Alexander Rusev and Lana. Since a lot of people died in the incident, the company may need to be sensitive to the public right now. Vince McMahon loves pushing the envelope, but with WWE struggling financially, now would not be the time for such a move.
July 20, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Since he is currently in the middle of a feud with Alexander Rusev, it was interesting to note that Jack Swagger was absent on Monday Night Raw. The belief is that the WWE star is still not allowed into Canada because of his prior legal issues in the United States. Swagger has been forced to miss shows in the past in that country for that very reason. Zeb Colter was in person at the show, though.
July 8, 2014
Alexander Rusev
In a rematch at Money in the Bank 2014, Alexander Rusev was successfully able to conquer Big E Langston again with his submission move. It was the typical match that you would expect from the two. There was a botched spot where Langston speared Rusev to the outside of the ring. However, the two of them more than made up for that by doing a great closing sequence.
June 29, 2014
Curtis Axel
In a rather interesting move, Curtis Axel worked as a baby face during a live event in Pennsylvania over the weekend. It was during a match against Alexander Rusev, where Axel explained to the audience that while they may not like him, they have something in common because they all love America. Rumors have it that this was simply a one time thing because they needed someone to work against Rusev that evening. Axel is not expected to do a full face turn anytime soon.
June 16, 2014
John Cena
One of the ideas being tossed around backstage in WWE is to utilize Rob Van Dam as an opponent for Alexander Rusev, who has been tearing through the lower card division. RVD still has some name value and a bit of a connection with the audience, so he can provide the newcomer with some much needed credibility before heading into a feud with John Cena down the line.
June 10, 2014
John Cena
Since WWE wants badly to push Alexander Rusev to the top of the card, there have always been discussions about putting him into a feud with John Cena, who still remains one of the top stars in the company. Rumors coming out of backstage right now is that WWE wants to rush their plans and move Rusev into a high profile program much sooner than expected.
June 7, 2014
Big E Langston
In a glorified squash match at Payback 2014, Alexander Rusev defeated Big E Langston via submission to continue his push up the ladder in WWE. He was able to slap on the camel clutch after delivering a big kick to Langston. Afterwards, he held the submission move on for a short period of time before Lana instructs him to let go. Rusev should be placed into a new feud this week.
June 1, 2014
Xavier Woods
WWE has now officially added a match between Big E Langston and Alexander Rusev to the Payback 2014 pay per view. The goal within the company is to provide Rusev with further credibility, so that he can be eventually moved up to the main event scene. Langston is viewed as a more imposing opponent than Kofi Kingston, R Truth and Xavier Woods at the moment.
May 28, 2014
Alexander Rusev
An interesting rumor floating around right now has the Nation of Domination stable making a return to WWE. Some have noted that the four performers that have lost to Alexander Rusev recently are all black. The speculation is that R Truth, Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston will band together as a unit in the story line soon.
May 19, 2014
Alexander Rusev
When WWE made their edits for the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw, they opted not to remove Alexander Rusev this time around. His segment with Jim Duggan and Big E Langston was included in the two hour version of the show. WWE had previously removed his squash matches from being shown on Hulu. It should be interesting to see if he is included next week as well.
May 14, 2014
Big E Langston
Earlier in the year, Big E Langston became Big E, while Antonio Cesaro became Cesaro. WWE apparently is a big fan of dropping names because Alexander Rusev is now known simply as Rusev. Management wants to emphasize that he is associated with Russia, in hopes that it will generate massive heel heat for Lana and the big guy.
May 7, 2014
Sheamus
Rumors floating around right now is that Sheamus is basically just a transitional champion right now. WWE wanted to take the US belt off of Dean Ambrose, so the battle royal on Monday Night Raw was thrown together. The belief is that Sheamus will be dropping the belt to a heel performer, possibly Antonio Cesaro or Alexander Rusev in the near future.
May 6, 2014
Xavier Woods
Despite picking up a win over R Truth and Xavier Woods at Extreme Rules 2014, WWE is still choosing to remove Alexander Rusev from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw. The newcomer moved up the ladder a bit this week when he was allowed to squash Kofi Kingston, but WWE officials still do not view it as important enough for Hulu viewers.
May 6, 2014
Lana
WWE has a long history of doing things on screen that are designed to capture the interest of the mainstream media. The company succeeded in doing just that at Extreme Rules 2014 with the use of Vladimir Putin on the screen. It was designed to generate heel heat for Alexander Rusev and Lana. The Washington Post actually wrote a brief piece about the segment, so word should be spreading soon.
May 5, 2014
R Truth
A rather unusual chant was heard during the handicap match involving Alexander Rusev, Xavier Woods and R Truth during Extreme Rules 2014 last night. It has now been revealed that Sheamus appeared to have fallen asleep during the segment and a couple of members of the live audience caught him, so they started the chant to playfully mock the former world champion.
May 5, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Those that watched Extreme Rules 2014 last night noticed a huge character change for Alexander Rusev. His manager Lana announced to the live audience that the big brute is now from Russia instead of Bulgaria. WWE also showed a picture of Russian president Vladimir Putin on the screen to generate further heel heat. Management wants to capitalize on the real life issues that the US currently has with Russia.
May 5, 2014
Alexander Rusev
WWE wanted to give Alexander Rusev a big win at Extreme Rules 2014, and the company did just that by having the big guy defeat both Xavier Woods and R Truth in a handicap match. Rusev forced Truth to submit to his camel clutch finisher. Woods was barely involved in the match, as Rusev threw him into the steel beam underneath the ring at the start of the match.
May 4, 2014
Lana
A picture of Alexander Rusev, Iron Sheik and Lana backstage at a WWE live event this week.
April 28, 2014
Bruiser Brody
Prior to becoming known worldwide as a legend in professional wrestling, Bruiser Brody was actually a pretty good football player. He was an all state high school player in Michigan. His talents were so good that he caught the attention of a university in Texas. He parlayed his success in college to an NFL career, doing a brief stint with the Washington Redskins.
May 1, 2014
Bobby Heenan
While he was easily one of the best overall performers during his generation, Tully Blanchard was a bit of a headache backstage. Shortly before he decided to leave WWE, Blanchard ended up failing a drug test because of cocaine, so management had no choice but to fire him. Bobby Heenan had to replace him in the match at Survivor Series 1989.
May 1, 2014
Pedro Morales
While he does not get featured as much by WWE nowadays, Pedro Morales will forever have a place in company history. The Puerto Rican star was the first guy to have won the WWE title, world tag team championship and the Intercontinental Championship. Morales even held the WWE and tag team championship, which he won with Bob Backlund, at the same time.
April 29, 2014
Harley Race
For a young professional wrestler, being able to work with a big time star could be what helps to spring board your career into the next level. A memorable feud with the legendary Harley Race was how Hercules Hernandez managed to make a name for himself during the territorial days. It was shortly after that feud that he found himself being signed by the NWA.
April 28, 2014
Scott Norton
Prior to becoming a star in professional wrestling, Scott Norton was a star in the arm wrestling world. The former WCW star won at least thirty championships, including four national titles. He also traveled overseas for competition, including a life changing one in Japan. Norton also had enough recognition to be cast in Over the Top, a Sylvester Stallone movie about arm wrestling.
April 28, 2014
Ole Anderson
While he will forever associated with the famous wrestling last name, Ole Anderson is actually not an Anderson at all. His real name is Alan Rogowski. He simply adopted the Ole Anderson name to connect with the audience who were already familiar with Gene Anderson, his story line brother. Another interesting point of interest is that Ole Anderson is a play on the word oleander, a poisonous plant.
April 28, 2014
Katsuyori Shibata
Back in 2000, the world of professional wrestling was saddened by the death of Masakazu Fukuda. While working a tournament match, Fukuda was hit by a flying elbow drop from Katsuyori Shibata. The blow proved to be fatal, as Fukuda had to be taken to the hospital, where he died a couple of days later. New Japan finished the tournament and dedicated the event in his honor.
April 28, 2014
Sid Vicious
Prior to becoming a star in WCW, Sid Vicious managed to pull off a pretty amazing feat while working for New Japan. Even though he was an unknown, Vicious was able to convince the promoters in Japan to give him a shot at the legendary Tatsumi Fujinami and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He lost, of course, but was able to gain some recognition in the late 1980s by being in the match.
April 27, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
For as long as she has been on television, Stephanie McMahon has been a topic of interest for professional wrestling fans. Many WWE fans are quite enamored with her, so it comes as no surprise that her bra size is routinely discussed. During an interview once, Stephanie revealed that she received breast implants and now has a bra size of D cup.
April 24, 2014
Lance Storm
The boring gimmick that Lance Storm received while working in WWE was actually a little jab at internet wrestling fans. Many viewed him as a guy that was just too boring to be a star. In actuality, though, Storm has a pretty good personality and a sense of humor backstage. WWE went with the gimmick in order to try to something to see if it would give him momentum.
April 13, 2014
Kamala
Back when he was a teenager in Mississippi, Kamala was a bit of a thief. He became known in town as a burglar who came from a poor family. The local police did not want to arrest him, so they heavily suggested that he leave town to avoid any further complications. The future WWE star opted to flee to the state of Florida, where he made money by picking fruit.
April 11, 2014
Bobby Heenan
In a little known fact in professional wrestling, Bobby Heenan was originally scheduled to manage Jesse Ventura. Vince McMahon had lured him away from the AWA for that particular role. However, Ventura had blood clots in his lungs, which was due to his stint in the Vietnam War, and was forced to retire as an in ring performer. WWE moved Heenan on to other wrestlers.
April 10, 2014
Wahoo McDaniel
In one of the more interesting connections in professional wrestling, when Wahoo McDaniel was a teenager in Texas, he was coached in baseball by George Bush, who would go on to become the 41st President of the United States.
April 9, 2014
Arn Anderson
Even though the truth has been out there for several years now, a lot of wrestling fans are still under the belief that Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson are brothers in real life. They're not. The relationship was created for their on screen characters to help Arn connect with the audience quicker because Ole was already established in the territory.
April 4, 2014
Uncle Elmer
Back during the 1980s, one of the most talked about segment in professional wrestling was when Uncle Elmer got married on national television. It was an actual wedding, as the performer was really wanting to marry his longtime girlfriend. When he approached Vince McMahon about it, the promoter loved the idea and decided to make it a draw for WWE.
April 4, 2014
Bobby Eaton
One of the biggest mysteries in professional wrestling involves Dennis Condrey and his decision to walk away from the Midnight Express. When asked about the situation, Bobby Eaton said that his former tag team partner basically left without saying a word to him for two years. Condrey reportedly did not inform Jim Cornette or the NWA, either.
April 2, 2014
Balls Mahoney
Prior to making a name for himself in ECW, Balls Mahoney had a very brief stint in WWE as a character named Xanta Klaus, who was supposed to be the younger brother of Santa Clause that lived in the South Pole and stole Christmas presents. He was introduced by Ted DiBiase at an In Your House event in 1995 as a foil for Savio Vega.
March 24, 2014
Jim Cornette
While a lot of performers will say that they always wanted to be involved in the professional wrestling industry, Jim Cornette actually means it. The legendary NWA manager started working in the business when he was just 14 years old, serving as a photographer, ring announcer, magazine correspondent and as a public relations person.
March 23, 2014
Randy Savage
Back when he was a star for WWE during the late 1980s, Randy Savage made a discovery that would have a bit of an impact on the professional wrestling industry. The former world heavyweight champion was the one that discovered Sid Vicious, whom he convinced to give the industry a try. Savage sent Vicious to train with Tojo Yamamoto to start his career.
March 22, 2014
Jesse Ventura
After serving six years in the Navy and before becoming a professional wrestling star, Jesse Ventura had a brief stint with the Mongols, a well known motorcycle gang. He states that he was a fully patched member and actually served as the third in command. He left the group prior to the Mongols starting a longstanding war with the Hell's Angels.
March 22, 2014