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Old 04-14-2018, 06:56 AM
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Yeah its all just a work....they tried to get us talking and seems as if it certainly worked....good job wwe...any chance of rusev winning the greatest royal rumble ever? never know
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Old 04-15-2018, 03:03 AM
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I think it was a good move taking Rusev out of the match. Why are you going to put someone who's a hot commodity and has a cult like following get squashed by taker? They also risk a lot of the smark crowd turning on Taker and cheering Rusev. If this were a year or two ago when Rusev was the "Bulgarian Brute" and the foreign heel then it could've worked. Rusev certainly has the look and size to be a credible opponent for Taker if built up right.
Jericho vs Undertaker is a big match with two of the last stars from the attitude era. They've only had one singles match on tv and never had a one on one match at a ppv. It's a better use of Jericho if he's going to be working the show to have a high profile match rather than having him as filler in the Rumble match.
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:32 AM
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Sometimes it's better to leave big leagues to rebuild yourself in smaller ones with main event run there...
He can easily be main event guy in TNA for example. Yes, this is not WWE, but this is his personal chance to be in spotlight and try to run with it.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:21 PM
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The reality is that Undertaker vs Jericho is just a bigger name match than vs Rusev, who is most likely working us all through social media to drum up more popularity for himself. He may be doing this on his own, but more likely this is the decided direction for his character now that he's being removed from the match.

With Rusev Day's popularity being as electric as it is, the fear that he'll follow others such Ryder, Slater and Mizdow off of TV screens.

There is a chance that they're trying to follow the Daniel Bryan program of keeping him heel and holding off his push as they did with Bryan after Mania 28. That was likely part of the thinking of pairing him with hated enhancement talent Aiden English. The reality is they've given Rusev his Team Hell No and he's just gotten more popular.

Unlike Ryder, Slater, or Mizdow, WWE has invested so much more in Rusev - he's a multi time US champion who fought John Cena at a WrestleMania. Their program ultimately went on too long and was drizzling shits by the end, but nonetheless it was a Cena match at Mania.

If a wrestler had Rusev's physique, in ring ability and charisma - and that man was from North America - he would be in the WWE title picture now. Like Cesaro before him, one of the biggest hurdles against him is that he's not from the good old US of A.

Look at the main event, Lesnar and Styles - both good old American boys. Sure, Reigns is Samoan but he was raised on the states and he looks like Roman Reigns does. They just turned Shinsuke heel. It's rare in WWE to see a non-North American get over as a massive babyface.

Whatever the case, it's smart to pull Rusev and continue to drum up his grassroots support, but only if it goes someone where. Ryder rose to the US title, only to be thrown off the stage by Kane. Mizdow rose against Miz only to become a terrible Macho Man impersonator. Slater rose to the tag titles only to disappear from TV. What's next for Rusev?

English and Rusev need to stay together. It wouldn't hurt to stick Lana back with them and have her pull a Kofi Kingston and drop the Russian thing. Rusev Day should win the tag belts on one of the shows, and down the line Rusev could slot into mid card titles.

Or, Rusev should leave WWE. He's only 32. Follow the Drew McIntyre model and reinvent yourself on the indies. Join Bullet Club, fight Omega, join Impact, fight Aries, come back in three years and win the NXT title. Then return to the main roster.

Rusev Day has the power to be as strong as the Yes movement with an extremely talented individual behind it that can be taken seriously unlike many recent crowd favourites. There's a lot of guys at the top in WWE now (Reigns, Styles, Strowman, Lesnar) and a few returns that raise questions (Bryan and Lashley) but Rusev is homegrown talent that is hotter than ever and they need to pull the trigger on him in some way shape or form.
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They need to start building new people for the next year to challenge... this allows Rusev to do it with his "maverick" persona... There's mileage in him pulling a Punk and doing an interview where he goes into detail about he and Lana's problems with the company... how he has been forced to play sterotypes and now, when he is being himself get's pulled from a match with Taker etc... Fans will lap it up and you have a hot face for the rest of the year, ready to be destroyed by whoever down the line...

But look at this another way... it's equally possible Taker looked at it and said "I don't want to bury this kid with a loss, it won't help him... why not Jericho?" and Vince agreed. Rusev losing to Taker would do zero for Taker and kill Rusev Day off... Jericho losing to Taker (or maybe winning if Rusev interferes) perhaps sets something up later in the year or even Mania next year.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:52 PM
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Well looks like Rusev vs Taker is back on. All this seems pointless but hey, maybe Rusev pulls out a win here?
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:55 PM
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Id rather see Chris Jericho vs. Rusev!! Better yet, make it Chris Jericho and Rusev vs. the Brothers Of Destruction!!
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:08 AM
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I hope Rusev gets drafted to Raw and faces Lesner for the title
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Old 04-26-2018, 12:45 PM
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Apparently the news was that Rusev had sent out a tweet or something about Taker that an exec didn't like and he was pulled and replaced with Jericho but later added back. Either way he's losing and WWE fails to realize that maybe they should turn him face.
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