Fans of the Bulgarian Brute Rusev were taken on a real roller coaster ride in the past two weeks, when the extremely popular and extremely underutilized Superstar was given, and then pulled from, then placed BACK INTO, a very high-profile match at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia, which will take place on April 27.
Last Wednesday, WWE announced that Rusev would be taking on the Undertaker in a Casket Match at the GRR. (Still love that acronym!) Rusev tweeted about the match in an extremely tongue-in-cheek fashion, then appeared in a TMZ video with an extremely misleading title talking about the match.
The next day, WWE announced that Undertaker’s new opponent would be Chris Jericho in another dream matchup, which would be one of only a handful of times, ever, that Jericho and the Dead Man have faced off.
BUT WAIT! On Monday, WWE announced that the Rusev-Undertaker casket match would be on once again.
This is, of course, all extremely weird. And the weirdness was compounded by the fact that Rusev removed all mentions of WWE from his social media profiles. That fed into rampant speculation, as rumors flew before WrestleMania 34 that Rusev was unhappy about how the company was using him, and that he may have asked for his release. According to those rumors, his request for release was the reason he was added to the United States Championship match at WrestleMania. But who even knows? The point is, pretty much everyone agrees that Rusev removing mentions of WWE from his profiles was all storyline.