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Rusev says he can't use the nickname 'Bulgarian Brute' after WWE release

  • Looks like Rusev was never a fan of the name in the first place!
  • Rusev was one of the many Superstars and backstage personnel that was released by WWE.
Amar Anand
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Modified 16 May 2020, 14:22 IST

Vince McMahon and Rusev
Vince McMahon and Rusev

In a Twitter interaction, former WWE Superstar Rusev said that he can't and won't use his nickname 'Bulgarian Brute' in the future. On April 15th, Rusev was one of the many Superstars and backstage personnel that was released by the WWE as a cost-cutting measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When a fan on Twitter called him by his nickname 'Bulgarian Brute', Rusev said that he can't and won't use it since WWE holds the trademarks to the name.

Rusev released by WWE

Last month, WWE released over 30 in-ring and backstage personnel as a cost-cutting measure including big names like Kurt Angle, Rusev himself, The Good Brothers, Heath Slater and several others. In the following weeks, several others Superstars like Curtis Axel, Cain Velasquez and Sting were also let go from their contracts.

In the months leading up to his release, Rusev was used sporadically on TV after WWE dropped the ball on the storyline involving Bobby Lashley, Lana, Liv Morgan and himself. He was also involved in a contract dispute with WWE, as reported by Dave Meltzer. These two factors played a major role in WWE releasing Rusev.


Rusev was released just days after pledging a $20,000 donation for people in the company who weren’t under contract that worked at arena shows that were shut down. He hadn’t been used much of late and was involved in a contract dispute. His wife, Catherine Jo Perry (Lana) will not be cut.

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Published 15 May 2020, 01:42 IST
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