The formation of Rusev Day with Aiden English and Rusev took the WWE Universe by storm in 2017 and 2018. The duo had great chemistry and it led to fans getting behind Rusev like never before. Previously portrayed as a "crushing machine," the partnership with Aiden allowed Rusev to show off his comedy chops.
Speaking to Inside The Ropes, English discussed the chemistry he had with Rusev and why the fans started to push for them to succeed.
"If you really look at it, here you have Rusev, who for the longest time was the Bulgarian Brute, the big foreign bad guy who comes and beats you up. And it worked. He is such a fun-loving, goofy, funny dude. He finally saw a chance of 'let me be me.' All those backstages, we pretty much took what they wrote for us and threw it out. 'I'm just gonna say this goofy stuff.' I loved it. Even though I'm still doing the singing entrances, with promos and backstages, I was being me as a performer. People saw these two characters who for a long time were kinda in these boxes. All of a sudden, we get a chance to play and experiment and be themselves. People saw that and I think that's what resonated," he said.
Unfortunately, as far as accolades go, the two never won titles as a duo, and Rusev, despite a groundswell of support, couldn't break through to the next level.
Both men were released on April 15 as part of company-wide cutbacks made by WWE. However, a reunion tour on the Independent scene is possible as English said that if the fans want it, he and Rusev have already discussed doing it.
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