Miro made his debut in AEW back in 2020 and there were a lot of expectations from him as he had proven to be a great performer. After a rocky start, Miro redeemed himself after beating Darby Allin for the TNT Championship. It seems he did not have a good time starting out in WWE either.
Before AEW, Miro worked in WWE under the name of Rusev. During his time in WWE, Miro simply did not have a very memorable run for the majority of his time in the company.
Miro would over organically with fans and WWE didn’t like that and would ruin his character by involving him with nonsensical feuds and storylines. While speaking to Kurt Angle on his podcast, Miro revealed that he barely made enough money to make ends meet and even made more money driving taxis when he was working with a development deal in WWE.
“My ACL was completely torn, but my meniscus was flipped one on top of the other. It was really bad situation. It was a big mess, but we fixed it.” explained Miro, “Once again if it wasn’t for the opportunity to get into WWE [it wouldn’t have been fixed]. There’s no way I can get 10 or $20,000 to fix my ACL at home because I had no money. No health insurance clearly.
WWE at the time they were paying me $500 a week or $600 a week. So I’m already struggling there. I was making more money driving taxi and delivering food in California. And then they say ‘Hey, guys, we got to get insurance, which is $100 a month.’ [I went] ‘Holy smokes. How am I supposed to pull that money from now?”
h/t to SEScoops for the quotes