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Alexander Rusev
AlexanderRusevAxxess.jpg
Rusev at WrestleMania Axxess in April 2013.
Birth nameMiroslav Barnyashev[1]
(Bulgarian: Мирослав Барняшев)
Ring name(s)Alexander Rusev[2]
Miroslav[3]
Miroslav Makarov[3]
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2][4]
Billed weight305 lb (138 kg)[2]
Born(1985-12-25) December 25, 1985 (age 28)
Plovdiv, Bulgaria[3][4]
ResidesTampa, Florida, USA[3][4]
Billed fromBulgaria[2]
Trained byGangrel[1][4]
Rikishi[4]
WWE NXT[2]
DebutNovember 22, 2008[5]
 
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Alexander Rusev
AlexanderRusevAxxess.jpg
Rusev at WrestleMania Axxess in April 2013.
Birth nameMiroslav Barnyashev[1]
(Bulgarian: Мирослав Барняшев)
Ring name(s)Alexander Rusev[2]
Miroslav[3]
Miroslav Makarov[3]
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2][4]
Billed weight305 lb (138 kg)[2]
Born(1985-12-25) December 25, 1985 (age 28)
Plovdiv, Bulgaria[3][4]
ResidesTampa, Florida, USA[3][4]
Billed fromBulgaria[2]
Trained byGangrel[1][4]
Rikishi[4]
WWE NXT[2]
DebutNovember 22, 2008[5]

Miroslav Barnyashev (Bulgarian: Мирослав Барняшев; born December 25, 1985) is a Bulgarian professional wrestler and former powerlifter and rower. He is currently working for the United States-based professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he wrestles under the ring name Alexander Rusev (Bulgarian: Александър Русев).[2][4] Barnyashev is the first Bulgarian to have wrestled for WWE.[3]

Early life and athletics career[edit]

Barnyashev was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.[4] He attended a sports school while growing up, ultimately becoming a professional rower.[4] Barnyashev also took part in powerlifting, and was considered for the Bulgarian team in the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2][4]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2008–2010)[edit]

In the mid-2000s, Barnyashev emigrated from Bulgaria to the United States with the ambition of becoming a professional wrestler. He originally lived in Virginia,[4] before relocating to Torrance, California, where he began training as a wrestler with Gangrel and Rikishi at the Knokx Pro Wrestling Academy as his trainers.[1][3][4] Barnyashev debuted on the independent circuit on November 22, 2008 under the ring name "Miroslav Makaraov", defeating Aerial Star.[5]

In 2010, Barnyashev wrestled for Vendetta Pro Wrestling as "Miroslav". While wrestling for VPW, he was managed by Markus Mac.[6] He and several other VPW wrestlers appeared in the music video for the song The Whole F'n Show by Kushinator (the entrance music of wrestler Rob Van Dam).[7]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

Developmental territories (2010–2014)[edit]

In September 2010, Barnyashev was signed to a contract by the professional wrestling promotion WWE.[3] He was assigned to the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) developmental territory, where he adopted the ring name "Alexander Rusev".[1] He wrestled his first televised match on the July 17, 2011 episode of FCW, defeating Mike Dalton while being managed by Raquel Diaz.[8][9] Shortly after debuting in FCW, Rusev tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and his meniscus and spent six months rehabilitating.[4]

Rusev returned to FCW in March 2012 with Nick Rogers as his manager.[10] In the summer of 2012, Rusev suffered a broken neck, temporarily paralyzing his arm. While rehabilitating, Barnyashev travelled to Thailand, where he studied the martial art Muay Thai.[4] In August 2012, WWE rebranded FCW as WWE NXT.[11]

After recovering from his injuries, Rusev made his NXT television debut on the May 30, 2013 episode, competing in a battle royale to determine the number one contender to the NXT Championship that was won by Bo Dallas.[12] Rusev's first NXT singles match came about on August 21, losing to Dolph Ziggler.[13] Shortly thereafter, Rusev adopted Sylvester Lefort as his manager and formed a tag team with Scott Dawson named the "Fighting Legionnaires"; they feuded with the team of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady.[4][14][15][16] On the October 30 episode of NXT, Rusev ended his affiliation with Lefort by attacking him during a tag team bout.[17]

Rusev proceeded to adopt Lana as his "social ambassador",[18] a pairing compared by WWE to Ivan and Ludmilla Drago from the 1985 film Rocky IV.[19] From January 2014, Rusev won matches with main roster members Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Sin Cara on episodes of NXT.[20][21][22] He made his final NXT appearance at NXT Arrival on February 27, 2014, interrupting a match between Woods and Tyler Breeze and beating down both men.[23]

Main roster (2014–present)[edit]

Rusev made his main roster debut at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 26, 2014. The sixth entrant to the titular match, Rusev was only eliminated after a joint effort of four wrestlers.[24][25] In February and March, Rusev, together with his manager Lana, began appearing in a series of self-promotional videos and then progressed to addressing the audience live on the entrance stage.[26][27][28]

In wrestling[edit]

References[edit]

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