ALEXANDER RUSEV RELEASE
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
JTG
While morale is really low backstage due to the recent and severe drop in royalty checks, WWE performers are not speaking out on the matter because they are afraid of Vince McMahon. Many saw what happened to JTG when he voiced his opinion about low pay per view bonus checks. The former Cryme Tyme member was buried for more than a year and recently was given a release form his contract.
July 14, 2014
Rock
It is no secret that WWE would love for the Rock to be the centerpiece attraction at Wrestlemania 31. However, the possibility of that happening is becoming more and more unclear by the day. The studios have decided to move the release date of Fast and Furious 7, which features Rock in a big role, up a bit. It will now be shown in the theaters a few days after Wrestlemania. That means that the Rock will be needed to travel the world to do promotion for the film. His availability to WWE is in question.
July 10, 2014
Vince McMahon
When WWE stocks tanked really badly earlier this year, there were rumors floating around that Vince McMahon wanted his company to cut approximately $20 million in spending. That number has now been confirmed. No word yet on how close WWE has gotten to that goal, but the release of several performers from their contracts helped out quite a bit. More wrestlers could be let go in the near future to get closer to the $20 million mark.
July 7, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Anyone that follows professional wrestling closely, knows that WWE performers spend a ridiculous amount of time on the road for the company. Vickie Guerrero became one of the latest people to grow weary of that lifestyle and requested her release from her contract. Now that she is free of that hectic obligation, the former WWE diva is now on vacation in Hawaii.
July 6, 2014
Drew McIntyre
While a lot of fans were under the impression that he would be on the receiving end of a contract release along with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater has managed to survive and is still with WWE. Unfortunately, though, the company really does not have any plans for him at the moment. He's basically just a filler guy at live events, teaming up with various partners for the time being.
July 6, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the company has been undergoing budget cuts, a lot of things are changing in WWE. In addition to several long time performers being given a release from their contract, Vince McMahon and company have also scaled things back on the WWE Network. Tough Enough has been pushed back, and there might not be a second season of Legends House. At one point in time, it was a certainty that the show would be receiving another season.
July 6, 2014
David Otunga
Earlier in this week, Zack Ryder revealed to fans that WWE is no longer selling his merchandise. The belief is that it is a part of the company's plan to diminish his name value for when they decide to release him from his contract. Since the start of the year, Ryder has only been utilized eight times on television, all of which were losses. He hasn't had a victory on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since December of 2012, when he pinned David Otunga on Raw.
July 5, 2014
Cameron
Sensing that they were going to receive quite a bit of backlash for overreacting to the arrest and having double standards for their performers, WWE has decided to reinstate Emma after giving her a release earlier in the day. Some have cited the previous arrest of Jack Swagger and Cameron, who actually attempted to bribe a police officer, as a reason why WWE was forced to change their minds.
July 2, 2014
Emma
A day after she was arrested for shoplifting, WWE has released Emma from her contract. There were those in the company that believed that she would be allowed to ride out the storm because the item stolen was not very expensive, but it turns out that Vince McMahon and company needed to make an example of her. Since she was not very high up on the card, it was easier for WWE to release her.
July 2, 2014
Jillian Hall
Through social media, Jillian Hall revealed to her fans that she is back to working on an autobiography. There is some skepticism as to how well the book will sell, as her name value drops the longer she has been away from WWE. It has been nearly four years since her release from the company. It also does not appear to be much interest from TNA in signing her, either. That will make it much more difficult for her to move the books.
June 29, 2014
Bo Dallas
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Bo Dallas had gotten married. Now, the identity of the bride has been discovered. It's Sarah Backman, a former WWE developmental diva. She's more known to the world as one of the top female arm wrestlers of all time. Sarah requested her release from the company a couple of months back after having quite the lackluster tenure in the developmental program.
June 28, 2014
Evan Bourne
When he received his release from WWE, Evan Bourne immediately contacted ROH and told them that he was available for work. ROH, however, took the smart approach and contacted WWE to get things in writing. During the conversation, WWE informed ROH that Bourne has not been cleared to work for their company. Bourne was flown out to the show, but had to remain backstage.
June 27, 2014
Josh Mathews
Yesterday, Josh Mathews received his release from WWE, losing his dream job because the company needed to save money. The announcer decided that he was not going to just sit around and mope. Instead, Mathews is backstage at the Impact Wrestling taping, which is taking place in New York City. The belief is that he is gauging to see if there is any interest from TNA in signing him to a contract.
June 26, 2014
Drew McIntyre
During a recent interview, Jinder Mahal revealed that he was surprised by his WWE release. He stated that he and Drew McIntyre had no signs from management that they were on the bubble. Mahal noted that 3MB, which currently only consists of Heath Slater and Hornswoggle, was booked on a lot of events, so they felt that their job security was not a concern at the time. WWE, however, needed to cut cost.
June 26, 2014
Josh Mathews
It looks like WWE is not done handing out pink slips to their employees. Josh Mathews becomes the latest person to receive a release from the company. He was a bit of a utility person backstage, but most will remember him as an interviewer. Locker room morale might take a bit of a hit since Mathews was well liked and his enthusiasm for the WWE product was a bit infectious.
June 25, 2014
Drew McIntyre
Since WWE owns the name, Jinder Mahal is going by a different moniker now that he has been given a release and is looking for work on the independent wrestling circuit. He will now be known as Raj Singh. While he is taking bookings through an agent, it's interesting to note that he has not teamed up with Drew McIntyre in an attempt to be signed as a package.
June 24, 2014
JTG
When WWE announced that they were releasing several performers from their main roster earlier this month, it caught a few of them by surprise. JTG, however, was well prepared for his release. He had been expecting it for quite some time now. There was an incident a while back where he received major backstage heat from management for speaking out about payment. Since then, his days with WWE were numbered. JTG recently revealed to TMZ that he had started planning around the release way before it took place.
June 23, 2014
Great Muta
While WWE did not feel that he was good enough for the main roster, Yoshi Tatsu still has a couple of suitors left in the industry. Shortly after his contract release, the Japanese star was contacted by All Japan Pro Wrestling and Wrestle-1, which is owned by the Great Muta, about returning to his home country. Rumors are floating around that Tatsu would prefer to stay in the United States, so he may explore his options here first before making a decision to return home.
June 23, 2014
Bobby Lashley
A big reason why Bobby Lashley was given the TNA World Heavyweight Championship this week is because he is viewed as a marketing asset. The company immediately sent out a press release to inform them that Lashley had become the new champion. TNA is touting his accomplishments as a collegiate athlete, military personnel, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling to the media.
June 20, 2014
Drew McIntyre
As many of you already know by now, Drew McIntyre, who was once viewed as a future world champion in WWE by both Vince McMahon and the fans, received his release from the company earlier this month. The talented and underrated performer will now be forced to use a different name if he wishes to continue in the professional wrestling industry because WWE owns the trademark. The belief is that he will wrestle under his real name for the time being.
June 20, 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
Alexander Rusev
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
Big E Langston
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
Rob Van Dam
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
Alexander Rusev
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
R Truth
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
Big E Langston
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
Jim Duggan
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
Alexander Rusev
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
Alexander Rusev
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
R Truth
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
Alexander Rusev
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
R Truth
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