Rusev, the first and only man in history to arrive at Wrestlemania in a tank, has seemingly retired from the pro wrestling business.
The Bulgaria Brute, whose real name is Miro, was released by WWE in April when WWE President and CEO Vince McMahon announced a cutback in company spending across the board, which included the furloughing of a portion of the company’s workforce and the termination of over 20 on-air talent in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since Rusev’s departure from WWE there has been speculation among wrestling fans about which promotion he’d land in. Impact Wrestling was a popular destination fans guessed Rusev would appear, especially after Heath Slater, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, EC3, and Eric Young appeared at Impact’s Slammiversary pay-per-view event earlier this month.
New Japan and AEW are also appeared to be two top choices for Rusev, but with the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions placed on the United States, New Japan was out of the question for some time. With ex-WWE performer Matt Cardona, aka Zack Ryder, appearaning on AEW Dynamite last night, speculation grew even more that Rusev would join his friend there.
But it looks like none of those promotions are getting their hands on the Bulgarian Brute.
Last night while streaming on his Twitch channel, Rusev held a Q&A with his fans and one of them asked if he’d return to WWE given the chance, or wrestling somewhere else.
“I’m done. I’m done, man,” said Rusev. “I’m just enjoying my Twitch. I’m a professional Twitcher, YouTuber, and content creator. I’m not a wrestler anymore. Can I be your favorite streamer?”
Before the stream ended Rusev also noted that he had spoken with Vince McMahon since leaving WWE and had a nice conversation with him via text message.
The wrestler turned streamer could be wrestling right now if he wanted to, as his non-compete with WWE expired on July. And while Rusev’s Instagram tells us that he’d been keeping in incredibly good shape, he appears perfectly content to continue to build upon his streaming career.
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