Former WWE United States Champion Rusev, along with Lana, was a guest on Lilian Garcia’s podcast, “Chasing Glory”, to talk about several professional wrestling topics. “The Bulgarian Brute” talked about his recent United States Tite run and dropping the title at the Royal Rumble, being forgotten in WWE, his frustrations in the company, and more. Here are the highlights:
His recent United States Title run and dropping the strap at the Royal Rumble: “It meant a lot because it was the first championship I ever won. One thing, it kind of hurts me, because nobody cares about it. It feels like I’m the only one that cares about the title. I wanted to make it bigger.
“I wanted to make it what it was when we wrestled John Cena for it, but it seems like anytime anybody else has it, nothing happens. Now that I’ve lost it, the title is probably gonna get lost again and I’m probably gonna get lost too.”
Being forgotten in WWE: “I always want to see myself on the card and I picture myself there, but again [laughter]. It’s not like I like it. Don’t get me wrong. I hate seeing that because we came so strong and we were so featured, but the more you hang around, you’re forgotten.
“It doesn’t matter how good you are. I think I’m good. I always thought I was good. It doesn’t matter what I do. It kind of ends up with the same thing…..I am doing everything I can.”
Frustrations in WWE: “I do want to look my best. I do want to be at my best. I want to be WWE Champion. I want to be on top. I don’t want to be forgotten, but that’s what irks me. I do all these things and nothing changes and that’s where the frustration comes, ‘What am I supposed to do?’ I cut my hair, I did that. That wasn’t a good decision [laughter]. I got a few phone calls about it.
“No, [they did not like it]. I’m just trying something to catch Vince’s eye. We go to pitch, to talk. It never comes to anything….it was last year before WrestleMania when the whole Rusev Day thing started. I thought it was my time and I keep pushing for it to be my time. I keep talking to everybody, but nobody wants to do anything.
“It’s very frustrating, but still, as frustrating as it is, ‘Let’s go to the gym. Let’s get better. Let’s do whatever we can. Let’s get this meal plan or let’s get a trainer. Let’s try freaking cross fit.’ Holy crap cross fit! It’s terrible, but I’m doing that now. Anything so that I can look better. I don’t know what’s holding me back, to be honest. I really don’t.”
Why WWE broke him and Aiden English up: “Who’s to say? They had different visions. Management had different visions and we fought and fought. If it ain’t broke, there’s nothing to fix. I keep going back to last WrestleMania because I just watched WWE 24 and the whole weekend, the whole month, was all about Rusev Day, and people singing. Top selling merch and everything.”
If he wants to reunite with English: “We’re way past that now. He’s an announcer at 205 Live now. I am whatever we are and we’ve got to move on. I told her a few months ago that nobody cares about it. We need to do something else. She said, ‘No, no, no,’ but we need to move on.”
H/T WrestleZone for the transcriptions