ALEXANDER RUSEV HEEL TURN
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
Batista
"They told me that I was going to come back and be this huge babyface. I said, 'no, it's not going to work.' They said, 'no way, they're dying for you to come back.' I said, 'that's going to last two minutes, just watch.' And sure enough it did." - Batista discusses heel turn
April 5, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"I've been clamoring at that for a while now, but the situation has to be right and the timing has to be right; everything has to be right. I wouldn't want to just do it for the sake of doing it because you might get lost in the shuffle that way. If the situation was right, it would give me a chance to do something completely different and show people a side of me they have never seen before, which I think would be great and I think would be fun." - Kofi Kingston wants heel turn
March 20, 2014
Christy Hemme
There are some talks backstage that Christy Hemme could be doing a heel turn and aligning with Sam Shaw at TNA Lockdown 2014 during his match against Mr Anderson. That would provide a bit of a shock factor to the story. However, there are also a lot of people pushing against that, as they feel that Shaw can be used to terrorize the other Knockouts as well.
March 9, 2014
Jim Ross
During his podcast interview with Jim Ross, the topic of John Cena doing a heel turn was brought up with Steve Austin. The former WWE star was adamant that the move should not happen. Austin pointed out that his own heel turn was a disaster because it ruined his merchandise sales. He feels that the same would happen if Cena were to make the turn.
March 6, 2014
Batista
There were plans backstage at the last Monday Night Raw to turn Batista into a heel by having Randy Orton playing with the mind of his former Evolution teammate. WWE opted against doing that during the show, so they went with a watered down version of the heel turn on Smackdown to test out the reaction from the audience.
March 2, 2014
Batista
There was a WWE NXT taping this week, and fans at the event voiced their displeasure with Batista, even though the performer was not on location. They cheered on Mason Ryan, stating that he was better than Batista. Then, they mocked Bo Dallas, chanting that he was worse than Batista. This should help expedite that heel turn a bit.
March 1, 2014
Batista
There are talks backstage that this potential match between Daniel Bryan and Triple H could simply be a ruse for Wrestlemania 30, as some feel that Bryan will eventually be moved into the main event match for the WWE Championship. Management wants to rush the heel turn for Batista because the fans have simply turned on him.
February 28, 2014
Darren Young
While many are under the assumption that Titus ONeil is the one that will be receiving the push since he was the one that pulled the heel turn, the rumors of Darren Young being pushed is gaining some steam, as the latter was given the victory over the former at a live event in Oakland. At this point, the match appears unlikely to make it on the Elimination Chamber 2014 main card.
February 8, 2014
Cody Rhodes
Since he is still scheduled to do a story line against Cody Rhodes, the belief is that Goldust will be the one doing the heel turn. The veteran performer is signed with WWE until the summer, so the story line could very well extend past their rumored match at Wrestlemania 30.
February 7, 2014
Titus ONeil

Last night, WWE wanted to push the heel turn by Titus ONeil, so they gave him a match. Since someone was needed to put him over, officials backstage went with Zack Ryder, who has not worked a televised match on Monday Night Raw since October of last year.

February 4, 2014
Brutus Magnus

After weeks of teasing the move, the James Storm heel turn has finally happened. Impact Wrestling is being taped right now, and the long time TNA star turned on Gunner as he was challenging Brutus Magnus for the world heavyweight championship.

January 31, 2014
Curtis Axel

A shocking heel turn took place in WWE at the Smackdown taping tonight. Titus ONeil turned on his Prime Time Player teammate Darren Young during a match against Curtis Axel and Ryback. ONeil turned heel and vicious assaulted Young after proclaiming that he was tired of losing all the time.

January 28, 2014
Batista

There are rumors that Batista could be doing a heel turn after winning the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 30. Management has noticed the reaction that he has been receiving since making his return, and the feeling is that he might work better as an antagonist.

January 28, 2014
Roddy Piper

Roddy Piper pitched a Wrestlemania idea to WWE, where he would team up with a heel against Hulk Hogan and John Cena. Piper wanted the partner to be CM Punk, but it appears that management is currently against the idea of turning him back to a heel.

January 15, 2014
Steve Austin

"Worst call I've ever made other than refusing to job to Brock Lesnar at Atlanta. But, you know, that was my idea. Vince always likes to do something big at Wrestlemania. He didn't have anything big planned. So, me being the rocket scientist that I am, I figured okay. You're a hot babyface, and if you turn heel, you're a hot ass heel to draw money like that. Or vice versa. By and large that is true for the most part if the time is right to turn. Well clearly the time wasn't right for me to turn. It was like everybody loved John Wayne for what he stood for and so he did not ever have to be a bad guy in his movies. He never was. People didn't want to hate me. Me, because I always loved working heel more than a babyface. Thought it was going to be a chance for me to have fun, go back to working heel, doing what I loved to do and with that being said, I love working babyface too. Obviously it's where I made my money, but I like working heel. I like being a piece of trash. I like talking trash. I like cheating. That was my style of wrestling. Man, I did a lot of that as a Stone Cold babyface. So it was a bad idea, but Vince bought into it with me."

January 6, 2014
Tyson Kidd

One of the ideas being tossed around in WWE right now is to have Tyson Kidd turning into a heel. Management wanted to capitalize on his real life relationship with Natalya Neidhart, but thus far, they have not been able to come up with a suitable story line.

December 31, 2013
Daniel Bryan

After being beaten severely by the group during the final hour of Monday Night Raw, Daniel Bryan finally succumbed and agreed to join Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, thus teasing a heel turn that could be a temporary thing.

December 30, 2013
Cameron

Initially, WWE had plans on turning Brodus Clay, Tensai, Naomi and Cameron all into heels, but with Total Divas being signed for another season, executives from E! reportedly asked the company to keep the Funkadactyls as faces.

December 7, 2013
Brodus Clay

While many fans are under the impression that it is a permanent thing, WWE might not be doing a permanent heel turn with Brodus Clay. The belief is that this is just to give Xavier Woods something to work with.

December 3, 2013
Miz

Word going around is that the WWE creative department forgot about his Christmas movie when they decided to turn Miz into a heel.

November 30, 2013
Zack Ryder
While management has not officially give him an extended feud to work with since his debut, Alexander Rusev is still being penciled in for a filler match at Extreme Rules 2014. He is expected to squash someone in a quick segment. Top candidates right now are Zack Ryder, R Truth and Xavier Woods, as those are the three WWE performers he has worked with lately.
April 18, 2014
Dean Ambrose
A video of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns working a handicap match against Alberto Del Rio, Alexander Rusev, Wade Barrett, Curtis Axel, Drew McIntyre, Fandango, Heath Slater, Jack Swagger, Jinder Mahal, Titus ONeil and Ryback on Monday Night Raw.
April 17, 2014
R Truth
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
Lana
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
Alexander Rusev
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
Sami Zayn
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
Alexander Rusev
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
Alexander Rusev
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
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
Xavier Woods
A video of the match between Alexander Rusev and Xavier Woods from the latest episode of WWE NXT.
March 15, 2014
Alexander Rusev
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
Alexander Rusev
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
Alexander Rusev
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