ALEXANDER RUSEV MMA
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
Paul Heyman
While most MMA fighters will swear that they prefer to let their fists do the talking, being able to speak is an essential part of promoting. That is why Jon Jones, who many view as the best overall fighter in UFC, is seeking ways to improve that particular part of his game. Rumors have been floating around that people in his camp are actually interested in hiring Paul Heyman, who essentially gets paid by WWE to speak, to help.
August 5, 2014
Bobby Lashley
Some interesting news coming out of TNA, as Bellator has now announced that Bobby Lashley will be making his MMA debut for their company in September. The current world heavyweight champion is scheduled to fight against veteran Josh Burns at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The belief is that Spike heavily pushed to make this happen as Bellator and TNA are two of their top performing brands.
July 16, 2014
Triple H
With his career in MMA coming to a close soon, Rashad Evans wants to make the jump from UFC to WWE. Rumors are floating around right now that he has already contacted WWE to gauge their interest in signing him. Vince McMahon is not a huge fan of MMA, but he does know that UFC fighters have name value. Triple H is reportedly said to be interested in bringing Evans on board.
July 10, 2014
Ken Shamrock
While the former UFC champion continues to campaign publicly for a return to the company, WWE has continued to ignore Ken Shamrock. The MMA legend revealed during a recent interview that he has again attempted to make contact with people backstage and again they have refused to speak with him. Shamrock appears to be growing frustrated with the situation, as he is now telling people that WWE is falling.
May 18, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Even though he is now a WWE star again, Brock Lesnar still keeps up with the world of MMA. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion recently contacted Dana White to ask the company president for a favor. Lesnar needed help convincing close friend Pat Berry to retire because his health was being jeopardized. White did not feel that he had enough sway to make Berry quit the sport.
May 12, 2014
Bryan Clark
Since the video game was sweeping the nation, WCW decided to capitalize on the popularity of the Mortal Kombat series by creating wrestling characters that were similar to the ones in the game. Bryan Clark, Ernest Miller, Glacier and Chris Kanyon were given characters that were part MMA fighters and part superheroes.
March 20, 2014
Ken Shamrock
During a recent interview, Ken Shamrock was asked to compare Vince McMahon and Dana White. The MMA legend stated that it was easier to work for the WWE CEO than it was to work with the UFC president. McMahon and White are both known for being quite eccentric. The belief is that Shamrock chose McMahon because he wants back in with the company.
March 13, 2014
Vladimir Kozlov
A picture of Vladimir Kozlov doing MMA, in case you're wondering what the former WWE star has been doing with his time since leaving the company a couple of years back.
March 13, 2014
Dixie Carter
After his big MMA fight in May against King Mo, Rampage Jackson will start training for professional wrestling. Bjorn Rebney, the CEO of Bellator, stated that he has hired coaches and trainers to come in and teach Jackson the finer points of being a wrestler. He also noted that he keeps in contact with Dixie Carter, so Jackson will be working with TNA again soon.
March 13, 2014
Bobby Lashley
When Bobby Lashley made his return on TNA Lockdown 2014, fans immediately began to speculate as to whether it was a one time thing or if the former WWE star was back full time. In this video, the MMA fighter informs fans that he is back on a permanent basis and is hoping to win some championships in the company.
March 10, 2014
Bobby Lashley
There were some speculations about his return to the company because he visited backstage at Monday Night Raw a couple of weeks ago, but Bobby Lashley currently does not have any plans on returning to WWE. He has not ruled out that possibility down the line, but for now, he is still focused on being an MMA fighter.
March 7, 2014
Brock Lesnar
CM Punk was not the only former WWE star that attended the UFC event in Las Vegas over the weekend. Steve Austin was there as well. He has been frequently spotted at MMA shows, especially back when Brock Lesnar was still fighting. No word yet on whether or not Punk and Austin got together for a discussion that night.
February 24, 2014
CM Punk
While he has largely avoided the public since leaving WWE, it appears that UFC is too much of a draw for CM Punk. The former world heavyweight champion attended the MMA show in Las Vegas this weekend, where he watched it at ringside with UFC president Dana White. Punk was also spotted with Eve Torres and her husband afterwards.
February 23, 2014
MVP
While a lot of fans are aware that he has been participating in MMA for the last couple of years, very few actually know how good MVP has become at the sport. This picture of him winning the gold medal at the IBJJF Houston Open should help people understand that this is not just a hobby to the former United States champion.
February 23, 2014
Bobby Roode
An opponent for Bobby Roode at the Wrestle-1 Outbreak pay per view has been chosen. He will be stepping into the ring against veteran wrestler Masakatsu Funaki, who is viewed as one of the greatest MMA fighters in the history of Japan. Funaki has had a couple of legitimate fights with Ken Shamrock over the years.
February 21, 2014
Vladimir Kozlov
Since he left WWE a couple of years back, Vladimir Kozlov has been doing a little MMA training and a little acting. Based on his Twitter account, however, it seems like his full time job is living, as he is constantly posting pictures of himself at various social functions. He posted this picture recently of himself and his attractive girlfriend.
February 19, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
It appears that Chavo Guerrero and Rampage Jackson have formed a close friendship as of late. The two of them live near one another, and their sons play football together. They're actually trying to do business together. Some sources are stating that a reality television show is in the works. A possible MMA related business has been rumored as well.
February 17, 2014
CM Punk
MMA fighters Jason Miller and Phil Baroni are calling out CM Punk over Twitter. The two former UFC stars each posted a message recently about the former WWE star. Miller appears to be joking, as he mentioned that the fight should be in a Dairy Queen parking lot. However, Baroni is more straight forward and stated that the fight can happen in Bellator.
February 16, 2014
Vince McMahon
While Vince McMahon does not publicly admit that the two companies are competing for revenue, WWE is currently concerned about UFC, as the two promotions are holding events at the American Airlines Center in Dallas in March. The feeling backstage is that fans might not be willing to attend a wrestling show the night after an MMA show.
February 15, 2014
Rampage Jackson
Rampage Jackson has an MMA fight scheduled for the end of February. While some would believe that Bellator would send him to Impact Wrestling to do some promotional work, there appears to be very little talk within TNA of that happening. The two companies still have a working agreement, but it appears that it is not being utilized as much now.
February 14, 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
Alexander Rusev
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
Xavier Woods
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
Alexander Rusev
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
Alexander Rusev
While the company would probably never admit it, there are those that believe that WWE is simply setting up Alexander Rusev for a potential feud with Kurt Angle. The Olympic gold medalist has openly talked about leaving TNA and returning to WWE for quite some time now. His patriotic gimmick would be a perfect foil for the evil pro Russian character.
August 3, 2014
Lana
Even though the move was done at the last minute, the baby face turn for Jack Swagger has turned out a lot better than WWE had expected. Officials backstage are impressed with the audience reaction to the now patriotic character. A lot of that has to do with the heat that Lana and Alexander Rusev have generated. However, management will more than likely give a push to Swagger to see if the momentum can carry on.
August 1, 2014
Alexander Rusev
While there are still discussions on a title unification program, there are now people backstage in WWE that are pushing for Sheamus to drop the United States Heavyweight Championship to Alexander Rusev. Some feel that it would give he and Lana a bit more heel heat. Plus, they can stall his push a bit by having him defend the belt against lower level opponents.
July 31, 2014
Alexander Rusev
An idea being discussed for Summerslam 2014 right now is to do a flag match between Jack Swagger and Alexander Rusev. WWE is trying to keep this program going for a bit longer because they don't have a lot of other people that Rusev can work with. By doing a flag match, Swagger can win without Rusev being pinned. That would enable WWE to extend the feud for at least another month.
July 29, 2014
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
Lana
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
Zeb Colter
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
Alexander Rusev
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
Vince McMahon
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