Rusev Update: WWE Contract Reportedly Up “Relatively Soon” & Possible Interest From Other Promotions
The theme of current WWE Superstars being unhappy with the company has been no secret over recent months. From Sasha Banks being sent home, The Revival not being happy with the way things are currently, Rusev asking for a leave of absence and his subsequent removal from WWE TV, and the feelings are said to stretch across the board completely even the main eventers.
The situation with Rusev was discussed on the most recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, when Dave Meltzer was asked about his current WWE contract and if Rusev would draw any interest in being signed by other promotions like AEW or New Japan if he was to leave WWE.
Meltzer commented on Rusev’s situation by saying:
“I think his deal is up relatively soon. I’ve heard nothing confirmed, but the tea leaves tell me — I mean obviously he’s not happy because he’s not there and he asked for a leave of absence, now that may mean that they’re gonna freeze him while he does that.”
“Him leaving would not surprise me at all. As far as AEW I would think that they would want him. As far as New Japan I would think that they would want him. It’s a question of how much they would go up on price for him. I don’t know what Gedo thinks of him. I would think that they would want him. I mean he’s not going to be a difference maker like Moxley and Jericho were, but he’s a good wrestler and he could do well there.”
“Honestly, I think in AEW he could do great because people will remember the Rusev Day stuff. I mean they won’t be able to do it because I’m sure they’ve trademarked Rusev Day. I mean they could always work around it and they’re really into that irony stuff so I actually think that if he left with that [AEW] fan base I think that he would do real well.”
So it sounds like Rusev’s current WWE contract is up “relatively soon,” and we will have to wait and see how his contract situation plays out.
We will keep you updated if we hear anything else regarding Rusev’s WWE status or his wrestling future.
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(Thanks to our friends at Ringsidenews.com for the quotes.)