Last night’s RAW had its moments, with an intense Lesnar-Goldberg face off and the brand face-off. However, much of the show was the same new era, old stuff program, as Monday Night RAW once again failed to put up a compelling wrestling show.
There were flashes of brilliance from Enzo and Cass and the ever dependable Chris Jericho.
However, the ‘Bulgarian Brute’ Rusev and the ‘Ravishing Russian’ Lana were missing from the show, and fans feared that Rusev might have sustained an injury but that was not the case. Rusev had a personal reason for not appearing on last night episode.
Reports have emerged that Rusev’s grandmother has passed away and he had taken leave to deal with the passing of his grandmother. The report was confirmed by Rusev’s wife Lana when she posted a picture on Instagram with the caption “A beautiful soul passes this world onto the next.”
It was only a few weeks ago, during the feud with Roman Reigns that Rusev introduced the WWE Universe to his illustrious family members. He introduced his grandmother as the gem of the Rusev family and addressed her as ‘Babushka’.
This unfortunate incident will surely come as a shock to Rusev, who seems to be very fond on his grandma. It may be a few weeks before we see Rusev back on WWE television.
The Bulgarian Brute hasn’t done much after losing the United States Championship to Roman Reigns. He did feature in a segment with Goldberg, where he took a Jackhammer from the WCW veteran.
Last week on RAW, Rusev took on Sami Zayn in a losing effort to fight for the Intercontinental Championship against current champion Dolph Ziggler at Survivor Series. Clearly WWE creative has no idea for Rusev at the moment, and he looks like he will linger on in meaningless mid-card matches for the foreseeable future.
Here is the segment from 17 October where Rusev shows off some photos from his family album.
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