But yesterday, the "story" of Rusev's WWE exit added a layer. Rusev took to Twitter have a little fun with the media and fans, sending out the following message:
"I want to thank @WWE front office TR and everybody involved. THANK YOU"
I want to thank @WWE front office TR and everybody involved. THANK YOU— Rusev (@RusevBUL) August 25, 2017
Now in a vacuum, this looks like a retirement postcard. However knowing Rusev, the man is trolling the wrestling community. The best lies are sprinkled with truth and a disgruntled Rusev was not hard to imagine. Since returning from injury, Rusev has endured some unfortunate booking - losing a poorly received Flag Match at Battleground and a 9-second loss to Randy Orton at SummerSlam.
However, Rusev has been at this all week. The fake story alleged that Rusev had to be calmed down by SmackDown's head of Creative, Road Dogg after an altercation with WWE officially backstage. Here's Rusev poking fun at the tall tale:
Thank you @WWERoadDogg for stepping in between........ I would of been in trouble. I mean I almost got whole eggs instead of egg whites.— Rusev (@RusevBUL) August 24, 2017
Here's Rusev wishing Vince McMahon a happy birthday on Thursday. Something that may not have been so hyperbolic if there was a fabricated narrative of him being upset in WWE:
Честит рожден ден Винс. Жив и здрав. Още 100 pic.twitter.com/B2OTDcqHPJ— Rusev (@RusevBUL) August 24, 2017
This is Lana's first take on the "fake news." This tweet had most of the wrestling media (ourselves including) backpedaling trying to double check our sources:
That's called don't believe the pathetic villagers that pretend that they are "journalist" with real facts... hahahahah!!!! https://t.co/EfaoxRsdhJ— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) August 23, 2017
All in all, this is just good fodder. While Rusev may, in fact, be disgruntled, the idea of taking action to leave WWE is clearly preposterous to the Bulgarian Brute. So don't mind him as he has a little fun.
We'll keep you updated on the situation, but for now look for Rusev and Randy Oton to begin building a feud. Maybe they'll create a Loser Leaves Town match in the name of irony.