It is hard to deny the fact that Rusev is over with the WWE Universe. Going back to post Wrestlemania 34 people were constantly talking on social media about Rusev not even being booked in a match. He received his match and was injected into United States Title Picture. While having the biggest pops and chants of Mania night, Rusev lost and did not come out looking strong by any means.
It really started becoming apparent to fans when Rusev was announced against The Undertaker at The Greatest Royal Rumble in a casket match. Fans were pretty upset by it on social media and had the topic trending. They were pissed off because they did not want to see Rusev literally “Buried” in another high-profile match. How do you make Undertaker lose against a guy that WWE keeps holding back, most people felt the same and WWE returned with taking Rusev off the match. They replaced Rusev with Chris Jericho at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
Fast forward to the last 24 hours and we now have WWE editing out huge “Rusev Day” chants when Paige was announcing who would face AJ Styles in the main event on SmackdownLive. Twitter user @DunKology picked up on the edit and posted the original clip below. Also right below that is the clip WWE edited and posted to their Youtube channel
— DunK (@DunKology) April 12, 2018
Any reporter or hardcore wrestling fan may be thinking this all could be a ploy to get Rusev over more. Kind of like a grassroots or organic build for Rusev. Other prominent people in the industry simple tell me that Vince McMahon does not have much in store for Rusev and is never going to push him to main event heights. Rusev himself spoke on the issue and while he could be trolling, he talked about wanting a change.
What does everyone think? Is Rusev being held back for a real reason or is it simply because Vince just does not see the star quality in him? Let me know what you think below.
By. Ramsey Sidawi
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