Former WWE Star “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev (who is now known as Miro in AEW) was recently a guest on the Chris Van Vliet show to talk about a number of topics, including working in WWE being dreadful, how his AEW signing came together and more.
Below are the highlights:
On working in WWE being dreadful:
“There is nothing to be worried about. And I’ve never been worried about anything, even before. It doesn’t matter what people think. I’ve always been happy. Always been happy, just going to work was a bit of a dreadful moment. But now that’s gone, there are no dreadful moments in my life at all.”
On how his AEW signing came together:
“So I was sitting at home doing my Twitch and we found out they were interested so we got in contact. It didn’t start off great because I had other opportunities, but I knew I didn’t want to go to just any place. I knew I wanted to go two places: AEW and another one. There’s another place that I really want to go and I will go eventually because that’s just how it’s going to happen.
So they called me and we talked back and forth and even Chris (Jericho) said when they wanted to bring me in, they wanted to bring me in with a purpose and not to bring me in just to be there. So they came up with the idea with Kip and the best man and I think the best man is so suiting because of everything that I do and I thought it was a great schtick. And it’s not just a schtick, it’s actually fitting because it’s my personality and that’s why it was a no-brainer. Yes, let’s just do that.”
On the original plan for Liv Morgan interrupting Lana and Bobby Lashley’s wedding:
“No plan. One time pop. No plan. A lot of things were made for one time pops. That was it. People thought and they made up all these things. No, it was a one time thing that was great and was going to get people talking because at that time the show-runner was about getting people talking and controversy.
That’s why the whole thing happened, you know the Bobby thing, it was all about controversy and we achieved that. Unfortunately, now there’s no follow through but that’s what happens when you change people all the time. You build CJ (Lana) to leave her husband and be the worst. She’s still probably the baddest heel on their frigging show and now she’s doing all this for what? To throw away everything, the whole year before like nobody remembers that? But again, that’s them and they can do whatever they want but I’m just stating the obvious. But one-time pop.”
On how he felt watching his wife kiss Bobby Lashley during their storyline:
“That’s a question that you need to ask her and him because I wasn’t kissing him. It’s their choice. Well, it’s not their choice that’s what they were told. To use real aggressive kissing. Was it good to watch? No I never watched it.
But at the same time I understand it’s a work. We’re actors. But the question that you just asked is one that people always ask me and every time I respond the same way ‘Ask her. She’s the one kissing him. Ask him. He’s married, he’s got kids, they gotta watch the show’. Ask them, don’t worry about me.”
You can check out Miro’s comments in the video below: