The former Rusev is now All Elite, and it's not a one-shot deal.

Now known by his real name Miro, he's debuted alongside Kip Sabian as "The Best Man." As Fightful Select learned recently, the deal has been in the works for quite a while, and is a long-term contract with the possibility of it being even longer.

AEW sources have confirmed that Miro, the former Rusev, does have a contract with the company. Fightful has learned that talks have been ongoing for quite a while, and we were told that the deal was "long term pending an option on the deal." The contract does allow for Miro to work New Japan Pro Wrestling and some independent dates, but prohibits other American televised dates, so New Japan USA would be off the table.

Rusev has spoken openly in the past and hinted on game streams about the idea of possibly working for New Japan Pro Wrestling.

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