• Born: 12/25/1985 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Birthname: Miroslav Barnyashev
  • Height & Weight: 6'0", 304 Ib
Titles Won:
  • AEW TNA Championship
  • WWE United States Championship (3 times)

Barnyashev is the only Bulgarian to have wrestled for WWE. Rusev has generally played the character of the villainous foreigner to America since his WWE debut. However, after a storyline began in late 2017 in which he declared every day as “Rusev Day”, he became one of WWE’s most popular wrestlers.

After being released by WWE in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Miroslav went on a hiatus from wrestling. Five months later, he made his AEW debut on an episode of Dynamite under the new ring name “Miro”. In May 2021, he defeated Darby Allin on Dynamite to become the AEW TNT Champion.

Notable Matches

vs. Sheamus on Post-Raw show, November 3rd 2014

vs. Big Show at Hell in a Cell 2014

vs. Mark Henry at Night of Champions 2014

vs. John Cena at Fast Lane 2015

Notable Feuds

vs. Big Show

vs. Mark Henry

vs. Jack Swagger

vs. Big E

vs. John Cena