Alexander Rusev

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Title History

Career Highlights

Independent circuit (2008-2010):

  • Miroslav Barnyashev made his professional wrestling debut in 2008 and wrestled on the independent circuit for several years.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2010 – present):

Florida Championship Wrestling (2010-2012):

  • In May 2010 Miroslav Barnyashev signed a developmental contract with WWE and fought under the name Alexander Rusev.
  • July 17, 2010 – FCW: Mike Dalton defeated Alexander Rusev (debut).
  • July 24, 2010 – FCW: Bo Rotundo Leakee, and Richie Steamboat defeated Alexander Rusev, Big E Langston, and Calvin Raines.
  • March 4, 2011 – FCW: FCW tag team champions Bo Rotundo and Husky Harris defeated Antonio Cesaro and Alexander Rusev.
  • March 11, 2011 – FCW:  CJ Parker and Jason Jordan defeated Big E Langston and Alexander Rusev.
  • March 25, 2011 – FCW: Alexander Rusev defeated CJ Parker.
  • May 27, 2011 – FCW:  CJ Parker, Jason Jordan, and Mike Dalton defeated Alexander Rusev, Dylan Garrett, and Jiro.
  • June 24, 2011 – FCW:  The Ascension (Conor O’Brian and Kenneth Cameron) defeated Colin Cassady and Alexander Rusev.

NXT Wrestling (2012 – present):

  • From wwe.com: Bulgarian powerhouse Alexander Rusev is one of the strongest competitors NXT has ever seen. A highly touted 2012 Olympic prospect for his country’s powerlifting team, this monstrous athlete has eschewed the weight room for the squared circle.  Despite his superior strength, Rusev is not simply a mound of muscle. This 300-plus-pound NXT Superstar displays uncanny agility and skill for a man of his stature. Make no mistake about it, Alexander Rusev is a WWE Superstar in the making and all other NXT competitors need to take heed or be left reeling in his wake.
  • February 13, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Briley Pierce.
  • February 14, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Brandon Traven.
  • February 28, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Dante Dash defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • March 27, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Mason Ryan defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • April 19, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Malik Omari.
  • April 25, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Mojo Rawley defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • May 9, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Conor O’Brian and Judas Devlin defeated Aiden English and Alexander Rusev.
  • May 16, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Aiden English.
  • May 24, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Sami Zayn, Xavier Woods, Rick Victor, Baron Corbin, Conor O’Brian, Mojo Rawley, Colin Cassady, Jason Jordan, Knuckles Madsen, Jake Carter and Dante Dash to become the number one contender for the WWE NXT Title later that night. NXT Champion Bo Dallas defeated Alexander Rusev to retain.
  • May 25, 2013 – NXT Live Event: NXT Champion Bo Dallas defeated Alexander Rusev to retain after winning a battle royal.
  • May 29, 2013 – NXT: Alexander Rusev debuted in NXT by participating in a 18-man battle royal eventually won by Bo Dallas.
  • June 28, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Antonio Cesaro & Leo Kruger won a 12 man Battle Royal with other participants: Adrien Neville, Alexander Rusev, Danny Burch, Sami Zayn, Mojo Rawley, Knuckle Madsen, Baron Corbin, Rick Victor, Colin Cassidy and Sawyer Fulton.
  • July 18, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Knuckles Madsen.
  • July 19, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Knuckles Madsen.
  • August 9, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Curt Hawkins.
  • August 21, 2013 – NXT: Dolph Ziggler defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • August 24, 2013 – NXT Live Event: NXT Tag Team Champions Adrian Neville and Corey Graves defeated Alexander Rusev and Scott Dawson to retain the titles.
  • September 5, 2013 – NXT: Alexander Rusev (w/ Scott Dawson and Sylvester Lefort) defeated Mason Ryan.
  • September 12, 2013 – NXT: Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy defeated Scott Dawson and Alexander Rusev by disqualification.
  • September 25, 2013 – NXT: The Ascension (Conor O’Brian and Rick Victor) defeated Scott Dawson and Alexander Rusev, CJ Parker and Tyler Breeze & Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy in a 4-way gauntlet match to become #1 contenders at the tag team titles.
  • October 10, 2013 – NXT: Scott Dawson and Alexander Rusev defeated Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore.
  • October 23, 2013 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated CJ Parker.
  • November 6, 2013 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Sylvester LeFort.
  • November 20, 2013 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Colin Cassady in a beat the clock challenge.
  • December 6, 2013 – WWE Live Event: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Zack Ryder.
  • December 7, 2013 – WWE Live Event: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Zack Ryder.
  • December 8, 2013 – WWE Live Event: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Zack Ryder.
  • December 12, 2013 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Kassius Ohno.
  • January 2, 2014 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Kofi Kingston.

World Wrestling Entertainment – main roster:

  • January 8, 2014 – Main Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Zack Ryder in a dark match.
  • January 10-12, 2014 – Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Justin Gabriel.
  • January 23, 2014 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Xavier Woods.
  • January 24-25, 2014 – Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Zack Ryder.
  • January 26, 2014 – Royal Rumble: Alexander Rusev participated in the 30-man Royal Rumble match which was eventually won by Batista.
  • January 29, 2014 – Main Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Tyson Kidd in a dark match.
  • February 1-2, 2014 – Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Zack Ryder.
  • February 5, 2014 – Main Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Tyson Kidd in a dark match.
  • February 6, 2014 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Sin Cara.
  • February 12, 2014 – Main Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Dolph Ziggler in a dark match.
  • February 19, 2014 – Main Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Zack Ryder in a dark match.
  • February 27, 2014 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana attacked Tyler Breeze and Xavier Woods, as the result their match never started.
  • March 1-2, 2014 – Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Zack Ryder.
  • March 13, 2014 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Xavier Woods.
  • March 28, 2014 – Smackdown!: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Darren Young in a dark match.
  • April 7, 2014 – RAW: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Zack Ryder.
  • April 8, 2014 – Main Event: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Sin Cara.
  • April 14, 2014 – RAW: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Xavier Woods w R-Truth.
  • April 14, 2014 – RAW: The Shield defeated Alberto Del Rio, Fandango, Heath Slater, Titus O’Neil, Jack Swagger, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Alexander Rusev, and Wade Barrett by disqualification when Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton interfered.
  • ~~~Triple H, Batista, and Orton reformed Evolution.
  • April 18, 2014 – SmackDown: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated R-Truth w Xavier Woods.
  • April 21, 2014 – RAW: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Sin Cara.
  • April 24, 2014 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Travis Tyler.
  • April 25-27, 2014 – Live Event: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Zack Ryder.
  • April 28, 2014 – RAW: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Xavier Woods w R-Truth by disqualification when R-Truth interfered.
  • May 2, 2014 – SmackDown: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated R-Truth by disqualification.
  • May 4, 2014 – Extreme Rules: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated R-Truth and Xavier Woods in a handicap match.
  • May 5, 2014 – RAW: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Kofi Kingston.
  • May 9, 2014 – SmackDown: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Kofi Kingston.
  • May 15-18, 2014 – Live Event: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Sin Cara.
  • May 19, 2014 – RAW: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana defeated Heath Slater.
  • May 20-24, 2014 – Live Event: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Zack Ryder.
  • May 26, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Zack Ryder.
  • June 1, 2014 – Payback: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Big E.
  • June 6, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Xavier Woods.
  • June 7, 2014 – Live Event: Rusev w/ Lana defeated R-Truth.
  • June 8, 2014 – Live Event: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Big E.
  • June 9, 2014 – RAW: Rusev defeated Zack Ryder.
  • June 10, 2014 – Main Event: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Kofi Kingston.
  • June 16, 2014 – RAW: Rusev defeated Heath Slater.
  • June 16, 2014 – RAW: Roman Reigns won a “Money in the Bank” qualifying battle royale. The participants included: Titus O’Neil, Sin Cara, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Ryback, Damien Sandow, Rusev, Bo Dallas, Jack Swagger, Diego, Fernando, Dolph Ziggler, Xavier Woods, Fandango, Rob Van Dam, Bad News Barrett, and Curtis Axel.
  • June 27, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev defeated Sin Cara.
  • June 29, 2014 – Money in the Bank: Rusev defeated Big E by submission.
  • July 7, 2014 – RAW: Rusev defeated Rob Van Dam.
  • July 11, 2014 – SmackDown: Roman Reigns defeated Rusev by disqualification.
  • July 20, 2014 – Battleground: Rusev defeated Jack Swagger by count-out.
  • July 21, 2014 – RAW: Rusev defeated the Great Khali.
  • August 8, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev defeated Big E.
  • August 17, 2014 – SummerSlam: Rusev defeated Jack Swagger in a flag match.
  • August 22, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev defeated Sin Cara.
  • August 25, 2014 – RAW: Rusev defeated Jack Swagger after the referee stopped the match due to Swagger’s physical condition.