although he stays absent from Monday evening time uncooked because of what has been reported as a contract dispute, Rusev is scheduled to seem at WWE‘s great ShowDown pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia on February 27, the place he’ll be taking half in a gauntlet match for the Tuwaiq Mountain Trophy. However, a brand new report signifies that the Bulgarian wrestler’s inclusion within the upcoming current doesn’t imply that his purported contract factors with WWE have already been sorted out.
Citing the most up-to-date challenge of the Wrestling Observer e-newsletter, Wrestling Inc. wrote that Rusev’s dispute with WWE officers regarding his contract is “nonetheless ongoing,” even when he’s confirmed to be flying to Saudi Arabia for great ShowDown. The aforementioned gauntlet match options two totally different returning wrestlers — AJ types and reigning usa Champion Andrade — as effectively as R-reality, Erick Rowan, and Rusev’s longtime onscreen rival, Bobby Lashley.
regarding the expiration date of Rusev’s contract, which rumors have prolonged instructed is probably expiring quickly, the Wrestling Observer wrote that he nonetheless has “quite a little bit of time” to work out a brand new deal with WWE. whereas the report didn’t level out any specific expiration date nor did it clarify how the supposed dispute had began, Wrestling Inc. famous that the grappler’s spouse, Lana, signed a brand new 5-12 months deal with the agency in November.
I simply beat the devil out of Bob Lashley! pic.twitter.com/xO1AFGYDwK
— Miro (@RusevBUL) December 2, 2019
As additional defined by the publication, Rusev was final seen on Monday evening time uncooked while the January 20 episode, the place he and Liv Morgan misplaced a mixed tag group match to Lana and Lashley. whereas he and Lashley had been written out of the males’s Royal Rumble match by strategy of a backstage brawl that occurred the following Sunday on the pay-per-view of the equivalent title, the “Bulgarian Brute” didn’t return to the red model’s programming the day after and hasn’t been seen since. As such, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer wrote final week that Rusev might “by no means get his revenge” on Lashley and Lana until his contract factors are resolved.
Given his perceived standing within the WWE Universe as a fan-favourite wrestler who hasn’t been booked as a main-tier talent in pretty a while, Rusev has moreover been vocal at instances about his dissatisfaction along with his place on the cardboard. in accordance to Forbes, the 34-12 months-outdated wrestler made his feelings acknowledged a quantity of instances, along with on a February 2019 episode of Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast the place he mentioned his makes an try to catch WWE boss Vince McMahon’s consideration “by no means [come] to at least one thing.” He moreover modified his Twitter biography final month to review “quickly to be free agent,” although as The Inquisitr reported, this was quickly eliminated and modified with a extra generic bio.