It is not a Happy Rusev Day as Rusev has confirmed that he has COVID-19.
On a Twitch stream on Sunday, July 12th, 2020, Rusev confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Rusev's agent also confirmed this news to Fightful.
Rusev has COVID-19— Robert DeFelice (@dudefelice) July 12, 2020
Test Result https://t.co/jQKffiK04u
On the stream, he was playing Valorant with WWE Superstar Cesaro and when Cesaro asked if he was heading to the gym today, Rusev has confirmed that he was on his way out the door when he received word that he has COVID-19.
Rusev’s wife, CJ “Lana” Perry, confirmed earlier in the week that both of her parents have also tested positive for COVID with Lana saying that her mother had to be admitted into the ICU.
Lana would update the world on the condition of her parents, saying that her mom is doing much better and she has been off of oxygen in the hospital for more than 24 hours and is currently out of ICU and may be released from the hotel she was staying in, but Lana would say that she is not out of the woods.
As for her dad, she says he is doing better as well. There was a period of time where he was bedridden. Initially, he thought it was pollen allergies but before they knew it, he took a turn for the worst. With that being said, both of her parents are doing well but Lana is still asking for prayers and positive energy.
Rusev also posted a YouTube video, which appears to have been recorded prior to the beginning of his Twitch stream, about his COVID diagnosis. In the video, he would echo a lot of what Lana said about his mother and father-in-law, noting that his father-in-law has lost a lot of weight and asked Rusev for tips on how to bulk up again.
Rusev would also break down his test results and symptoms. He would note that he started feeling a loss of his sense of taste and smell and he immediately went to get a test.
Rusev says he feels good all things considered and did feel fatigued, but he had initially assumed that it was because of his time at the gym. He says he will be spending his time making more videos for YouTube, streaming for Twitch, and working out in his home gym.
Rusev also says he scheduled a consultation with a physician and is concerned about whether or not he will be able to hang out with his dog. All things considered, Rusev appears to be in good spirits as his fight with COVID begins.
Rusev has mostly been streaming on Twitch since being released from WWE on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. He is one of the many names that IMPACT Wrestling has teased for their surprise debuts/returns upcoming at Slammiversary on July 18.
Fightful wishes Rusev and family a speedy recovery. We will continue to monitor the situation and report any and all updates