Rusev Day, the stable 0f Rusev, Aiden English, and somewhat Lana, was very popular among WWE fans back in 2018 where they would light up the crowd every time they made their way to the ring. Despite love from the WWE Universe, the faction wasn’t able to get over due to hindrances from WWE management. It seems the reason was due to former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s disapproval of Aiden English.

On a recent episode of the Oh You Didn’t Know podcast., Road Dogg, who was the lead writer for SmackDown at the time of their rise, gave his insight on the duo. Upon being questioned whether the top brass at WWE could see the potential of the increasingly popular Rusev Day, the WWE Hall of Famer had this to say.

“So it’s yes, yes, we saw it. Yes, we saw Rusev Day getting over. I honestly don’t know what happened to Rusev Day. One day, we were pushing it and the next day we weren’t. Honestly, when I say we weren’t pushing it, it didn’t go away. It didn’t just disappear, we just weren’t doing anything with it anymore.

Every time I would pitch something it would get shot down. So I don’t know what happened. I’m not going to say anything, because last time I said something, I got a phone call and I’m not gonna have that happen again.


But honestly, I don’t know what went down that all of a sudden we stopped running with it because it was going really well.”

Road Dogg went on to say the reason the group’s push was squashed was due to Vince McMahon’s dislike of Aiden English. Road Dogg made justifications for the Maestro of Mayhem but believed that Vince’s disapproval of English might have been something more superficial.

“I think it was getting over and I don’t know if Vince was a fan of Aiden English. I feel comfortable saying that. I don’t know if he was a fan of Aiden English. He’s a great singer. He’s a great wrestler. He’s, I mean, he’s not a beautiful man, but neither am I. Well, look, he doesn’t, his body looks like everybody else’s, just he’s not tanned and he looks like me or whatever. You know what I mean? Like he just looks different. And I don’t mean nothing bad by that. You can’t say nothing nowadays without having to qualify it with everything. God, the dude is not good-looking, what do you want me to say?”

Soon after the end of his storyline with Rusev, the Maestro of Mayhem transitioned towards color commentary on 205 Live. Nowadays, English goes by Matthew Rehwoldt and has distanced himself from Pro Wrestling, preferring to work behind the mic on indie bookings. Of course, Rusev is in AEW, where he is known as Miro. For more updates, stay tuned to Ringside News.

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Talha Asad Iqbal

Talha Asad Iqbal is an mechanical engineer who just loves everything wrestling. From spending his childhood collecting wrestling action figures to spending his adulthood writing about wrestling, he really seems to enjoy wrestling a bit too much. Outside wrestling and his work, he loves spending time in the gym and playing video games.

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