Alexander Rusev

 

Title History

  • WWE United States title defeating Sheamus (November 3, 2014);

Career Highlights

Independent circuit (2008-2010):

  • Miroslav Barnyashev made his professional wrestling debut in 2008 and wrestled on the independent circuit for several years.
  • November 22, 2008 – NWPW: Miroslav Makaraov defeated Aerial Star.
  • January 17, 2009 – NWPW: David E. Jones & Ryan Stone), Johnny Lowe and SD Sanchez defeated Bobby Thrash, Jason Watts, Miroslav Makaraov and Ronnie Thrash.
  • January 24, 2010 – Vendetta Pro: Gangrel defeated The Bashing Bulgarian.

Florida Championship Wrestling (2010-2012):

  • In May 2010 Miroslav Barnyashev signed a developmental contract with WWE and fought under the name Alexander Rusev.
  • July 8, 2011 – FCW: Alexander Rusev defeated DeSean Bishop.
  • July 17, 2011 – FCW TV: Alexander Rusev defeated Mike Dalton.
  • July 24, 2011 – FCW TV: Bo Rotundo Leakee, and Richie Steamboat defeated Alexander Rusev, Big E Langston, and Calvin Raines.
  • March 2, 2012 – FCW: Big E Langston defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • March 4, 2012 – FCW TV: FCW tag team champions Bo Rotundo and Husky Harris defeated Antonio Cesaro and Alexander Rusev.
  • March 11, 2012 – FCW TV:  CJ Parker and Jason Jordan defeated Big E Langston and Alexander Rusev.
  • March 16, 2012 – FCW: Big E. Langston defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • March 25, 2012 – FCW TV: Alexander Rusev defeated CJ Parker.
  • March 29, 2012 – FCW: Alexander Rusev defeated Benicio Salazar.
  • April 1, 2012 – FCW TV: Alexander Rusev and Colin Cassady defeated Garrett Dylan and Kevin Hackman in a dark match.
  • April 6, 2012 – FCW: Alexander Rusev defeated Nick Rogers.
  • April 22, 2012 – FCW TV: Alexander Rusev defeated Kevin Hackman in a dark match.
  • May 27, 2012 – FCW:  CJ Parker, Jason Jordan, and Mike Dalton defeated Alexander Rusev, Dylan Garrett, and Jiro.
  • June 22, 2012 – FCW: Big E. Langston defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • June 24, 2012 – FCW:  The Ascension (Conor O’Brian and Kenneth Cameron) defeated Colin Cassady and Alexander Rusev.
  • July 5, 2012 – FCW: Jason Jordan defeated Alexander Rusev.

World Wrestling Entertainment – NXT:

  • 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.
  • January 3, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev and Colin Cassady defeated Baron Corbin and Scott Dawson.
  • January 17, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Aiden English defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • January 24, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Mike Dalton.
  • February 7, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev and Aiden English defeated Axl Keegan and Mojo Rawley.
  • 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 11, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Malik Omari 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 6, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Malik Omari.
  • June 27, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Bo Dallas, Mason Ryan and Xavier Woods defeated Alexander Rusev, Leo Kruger and Luke Harper.
  • 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 8, 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 19, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Sami Zayn defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • September 20-21, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Corey Graves defeated Alexander Rusev.
  • 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.
  • September 26-27, 2013 – NXT Live Event: NXT tag team champions The Ascension defeated Alexander Rusev and Scott Dawson, Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore & Adrian Neville and Corey Graves in a 4-way elimination match to retain the titles.
  • September 28, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Tye Dillinger.
  • October 3, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Aiden English, Danny Burch and Mason Ryan in a 4-way elimination match.
  • October 10, 2013 – NXT: Scott Dawson and Alexander Rusev defeated Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore.
  • October 12, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Mason Ryan defeated Aiden English, Alexander Rusev and Sylvester Lefort in a 4-way match.
  • October 17, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Camacho.
  • October 23, 2013 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/Lana defeated CJ Parker.
  • November 1, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Wesley Blake.
  • November 6, 2013 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/Lana defeated Sylvester LeFort.
  • November 7-8, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Colin Cassady.
  • November 16, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Sami Zayn.
  • November 20, 2013 – NXT: Alexander Rusev w/Lana defeated Colin Cassady in a beat the clock challenge.
  • November 23, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Sami Zayn.
  • December 6-8, 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.
  • January 4-5, 2014 – WWE Live Event: Alexander Rusev defeated Zack Ryder.

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 15, 2014 – Live Event: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Curtis Axel.
  • June 16, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana 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 17, 2014 – Main Event: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Santino Marella.
  • June 27, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Sin Cara.
  • June 29, 2014 – Money in the Bank: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Big E by submission.
  • July 7, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Rob Van Dam.
  • July 11, 2014 – SmackDown: Roman Reigns defeated Rusev w/ Lana by disqualification.
  • July 20, 2014 – Battleground: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Jack Swagger by count-out.
  • July 21, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated the Great Khali.
  • July 22, 2014 – Main Event: Jack Swagger defeated Rusev w/ Lana by disqualification.
  • July 25-27, 2014 – Live Event: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Jack Swagger.
  • August 8, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Big E.
  • August 17, 2014 – SummerSlam: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Jack Swagger in a flag match.
  • August 22, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Sin Cara.
  • August 25, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Jack Swagger after the referee stopped the match due to Swagger’s physical condition.
  • August 29, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Jack Swagger in a submission match.
  • September 1, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Zack Ryder.
  • September 19, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Roman Reigns by disqualification.
  • September 21, 2014 – Night of Champions: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Mark Henry.
  • September 22, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Mark Henry after the referee stopped the match because Henry passed out from a submission hold.
  • September 26, 2014 – SmackDown: Big Show defeated w/ Lana Rusev by disqualification.
  • October 10, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev w/ Lana defeated WWE Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match.
  • October 13, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated the Big Show by disqualification.
  • October 14, 2014 – Main Event: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Big E.
  • October 20, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Big E.
  • October 26, 2014 – Hell in a Cell: Rusev w/ Lana defeated the Big Show.
  • October 31, 2014 – SmackDown: Rusev w/ Lana defeated the Great Khali.
  • November 3, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Zack Ryder.
  • November 3, 2014 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated WWE United States champion Sheamus to win the title.
  • November 6, 2014 – NXT: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Jack Swagger in a dark match.

World Wrestling Entertainment – WWE United States champion:

  • November 10, 2014 – RAW: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Sheamus to retain the title.
  • November 17, 2014 – RAW: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Heath Slater in a non-title match.
  • November 21, 2014 – SmackDown: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match.
  • November 23, 2014 – Survivor Series: Team Cena [John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, Erick Rowan, and the Big Show] defeated Team Authority [Kane, Mark Henry, WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana , Seth Rollins, and WWE Intercontinental champion Luke Harper] in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match. Dolph Ziggler was the sole survivor.
  • ~~~Sting made his WWE debut and helped Team Cena get the victory.
  • ~~~As a result, The Authority is no longer in power in WWE, and only John Cena can reinstate them.
  • November 28, 2014 – SmackDown: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana won a battle royal to retain the title. The participants included: Sin Cara, Adam Rose, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Rusev, The Miz, Damien Sandow, Big Show, Erick Rowan, The Usos, Los Matadores, Stardust, Goldust, Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, Titus O’Neil, Curtis Axel, and Jack Swagger.
  • December 14, 2014 – TLC…and Stairs: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Jack Swagger to retain the title.
  • December 26, 2014 – SmackDown: Dean Ambrose defeated WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana by disqualification. Rusev retains the title.
  • December 29, 2014 – RAW: WWE Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler defeated WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana by disqualification in a non-title “champion vs. champion” match.

World Wrestling Entertainment – 2015:

  • January 2, 2015 – SmackDown: Roman Reigns defeated WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana by disqualification in a non-title match.
  • January 12, 2015 – RAW: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Dean Ambrose in a non-title match.
  • January 13, 2015 – Main Event: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Justin Gabriel in a non-title match.
  • January 19, 2015 – RAW: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated R-Truth in a non-title match.
  • January 22, 2015 – SmackDown: Ryback defeated WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana in a ‘Royal Rumble Qualifier Match’.
  • January 25, 2015 – Royal Rumble: Roman Reigns wins the 30-man Royal Rumble match to become the #1 contender for the WWE world heavyweight championship. The order of elimination: Miz, R-Truth, Bubba Ray Dudley, Curtis Axel, Luke Harper, Boogeyman, Sin Cara, Zach Ryder, Tyson Kidd, DDP, Fandango, Daniel Bryan, Adam Rose, Kofi Kingston, Stardust, Goldust, Mizdow, Titus O’Neil, Big E, Ryback, Jack Swagger, Wade Barrett, Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Kane, Big Show, and Rusev w/ Lana.
  • February 2, 2015 – RAW: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana fought Erick Rowan to a ‘no contest’ in a non-title match.
  • February 5, 2015 – SmackDown: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Erick Rowan in a non-title match.
  • February 6-8, 2015 – Live Event: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Erick Rowan to retain the title.
  • February 12, 2015 – Live Event: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Erick Rowan to retain the title.
  • February 13, 2015 – Live Event: Dean Ambrose and John Cena defeated Rusev w/ Lana and Luke Harper.
  • February 14, 2015 – Live Event: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Jack Swagger to retain the title.
  • February 22, 2015 – Fastlane: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated John Cena to retain the title.
  • March 5, 2015 – SmackDown: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Jack Swagger in a non-title match.
  • March 6, 2015 – Live Event: WWE United States champion Rusev defeated Ryback to retain the title.
  • March 7, 2015 – Live Event: John Cena and Ryback defeated Seth Rollins and Rusev.
  • March 9, 2015 – RAW: WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana defeated Curtis Axel in a non-title match.
  • March 14-15, 2015 – Live Event: WWE United States champion Rusev defeated Jack Swagger and Ryback in a 3-way match to retain the title.
  • March 16, 2015 – RAW: John Cena and Roman Reigns defeated Rusev and Bray Wyatt in a dark match.
  • March 20-22, 2015 – Live Event: Ryback defeated United States champion Rusev by disqualification. Rusev retains.
  • March 23, 2015 – RAW: WWE United States champion Rusev defeated Jack Swagger in a non-title match.
  • March 29, 2015 – WrestleMania 31: John Cena defeated WWE United States champion Rusev w/ Lana to win the title.
  • March 30, 2015 – RAW: Rusev defeated Goldust.
  • April 8-12, 2015 – Live Event: WWE United States champion John Cena defeated Rusev to retain the title.
  • April 18, 2015 – Main Event: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Dolph Ziggler.
  • April 23, 2015 – SmackDown: Ryback defeated Rusev w/ Lana by DQ.
  • April 26, 2015 – Extreme Rules: WWE United States champion John Cena defeated Rusev in a “Russian Chain Match” to retain the title. Lana was getting a strong reaction from the crowd in which Rusev decided to send her to the locker room area.
  • May 1-3, 2015 – Live Event: Ryback defeated Rusev.
  • May 4, 2015 – RAW: Rusev w/ Lana defeated Fandango.
  • May 8, 2015 – Live Event: Ryback defeated Rusev w/ Lana.
  • May 9-10, 2015 – Live Event: WWE United States champion John Cena defeated Rusev w/ Lana to retain the title.
  • May 15-16, 2015 – Live Event: WWE United States champion John Cena defeated Rusev to retain the title.
  • May 17, 2015 – Payback: WWE United States champion John Cena defeated Rusev in an “I Quit” match to retain the title. Lana said to the referee that Rusev quit which resulted Rusev loosing the match.
  • May 18, 2015 – RAW: May 18, 2015 – RAW: Lana explained her actions from last night saying that Rusev said the words i quit in Bulgarian. Lana then kissed Ziggler who got attacked by Rusev. Lana slapped Rusev and left. John Cena and Roman Reigns defeated Rusev and Seth Rollins in a dark match.
  • May 22-24, 2015 – Live Event: WWE United States champion John Cena defeated Rusev to retain the title.
  • May 25, 2015 – RAW: Rusev defeated R-Truth. Rusev appeared on raw injured and still tried to sway Lana away from Ziggler.
  • May 28, 2015 – SmackDown: Ryback defeated Rusev by disqualification.
  • June 29, 2015 – RAW: Dolph Ziggler and Lana confirmed in a segment that they are in a relationship. Rusev came out with Summer Rae in which led to Lana attacking Summer Rae.
  • July 9, 2015 – SmackDown: Rusev defeated Fandango.
  • July 13, 2015 – RAW: Rusev defeated Kevin Owens and Cesaro in a triple threat match to become the #1 contender for the WWE United States championship.
  • July 13, 2015 – RAW: Rusev defeated WWE United States champion John Cena by disqualification due to interference by Kevin Owens. Cena retains the title.
  • July 16, 2015 – SmackDown: Cesaro defeated Rusev.
  • July 20, 2015 – RAW: WWE United States champion John Cena, Randy Orton, and Cesaro defeated Kevin Owens, Sheamus, and Rusev in a 6-man tag team match.