WWE released Rusev on April 15th, and his story stands out as a huge wasted opportunity. For some reason Vince McMahon didn’t want to push the Bulgarian Brute no matter how badly fans wanted it for him.
Miro recently spoke to The Ryback Show where he went into detail about Rusev Day’s rise in WWE. He remembers fans chanting “Rusev Day” all night even if he was only booked to sit in catering. This was a big time for his career that could have been a lot more.
Rusev wondered why he couldn’t show his personality in promos. This would have given him an edge on so many others as fans were gravitating toward him anyway.
“Why can’t I do that? Why can’t I show my personality backstage? Why can’t I go in the ring and do what I do? Then I was told, ‘Don’t look at the people, don’t smile, don’t do this.’ Really? Everything I’m doing, it seems the people are liking it. Why am I getting over and you’re telling me to do the opposite? I didn’t understand, I had a conversation with Vince and he told me that with Rusev Day, they were just mocking me, they didn’t mean it,” he recalled.
Miro spoke to Vince McMahon about this, and he received a reply that he wasn’t expecting. The Chairman told Miro that the fans were just “f*cking with” him. The chants weren’t a sign that it was over. It was only proof that the fans were mocking him.
Later on, Miro went back to McMahon and he received the same answer. When his t-shirt sales were brought up, McMahon wondered if the sell-out was because they didn’t print enough of them.
“[Rusev Day] was going on. There was no way the office didn’t notice because it was before, after, during the show. It was everywhere. I always felt defeated because what was I doing it for? It was all competition and finally, I got to a point of, ‘wow, we’re doing something right.’ There’s no way it wasn’t noticed. The first meeting it was, ‘they’re f*cking with you, they don’t mean what they’re saying.’ I respect and I listen because I always want to listen from Vince. He had everybody on his side. In my mind, I knew it wasn’t true.
They started putting my segments early so the ‘Rusev Day’ chants would go away. I was not even supposed to be on WrestleMania, the year I lost to Jinder. I was not on TV for three weeks. I’m sitting backstage all night and listening to people chant ‘Rusev Day.’ I went to one of the writers and I’m like, ‘This is not right.’ This is the first time I yelled at a writer, and I felt bad. He was like, ‘We don’t know what to do.’ What do you mean you don’t know what to do? Just listen. They’ll tell you what to do. They’re shoving me down and I don’t understand why. What am I fighting for? I did everything, right? I went to acting classes, I started working on my body, I did all the extra stuff. I was just defeated.
When Vince said the second time, ‘they’re f*cking with you,’ I said, ‘Vince, we have sold out all of our merchandise.’ ‘What do you mean?’ ‘The shirt is sold out.’ ‘Well, maybe they didn’t make enough.’ ‘They didn’t make enough shirts, that’s why it’s sold out? Not because we’re doing good? Really?’ Then they didn’t know what to do, good guy or bad guy, come on, man.”
Miro is now a Twitch streamer and he said he’s done with wrestling. We’re not sure if that’s 100% the case, but where ever Miro goes next will be a much different situation.
Matt Rehwoldt, the former Aiden English remembers that day well. When Miro told him what Vince McMahon said, he admitted that his “jaw hit the floor.” Did you own Rusev Day merchandise? Sound off in the comments below!!!
Thanks to Fightful for the quote