Rusev’s Huge AEW Debut Was a Disaster as per Backstage Reports

Published 09/26/2020, 12:23 PM EDT


Miro, formerly known as Rusev, made his much-anticipated debut on the last episode of AEW Dynamite. The tag-team match saw Miro teaming up with Kip Sabian against Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss. The ‘Best Man’ forced Sonny Kiss to tap out with the ‘Game Over’ submission, which was formerly known as ‘Accolade’ in WWE.

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Rusev/Miro faces backstage criticism after his debut match

Although the AEW commentary team sang praises of Miro, the match supposedly highlighting his strength, was criticized for being lackluster. A new report claims that AEW backstage crew also criticized Miro for his debut match.

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Wrestling Observer Live’s Bryan Alvarez said, “I heard the term ‘it was a disaster’ from people in AEW”.  It seems like the fans, critics, and colleagues are not happy.

Amidst backstage heat, the main concerns with The ‘Best Man’s’ match were sloppiness and missed spots. The spots could have been executed way better with a veteran like Miro, who was wrestling his first in-ring match after almost six months.

Another thing raising eyebrows was how Miro made his debut in a tag match. Although he emerged victorious, a singles win would have been much more beneficial for the character. There were also rumors of a legitimate injury to Miro.

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Alvarez said, “He is dropping people. He is trying to launch people. They are barely getting over and falling on their heads. I mean, it was bad.” But he later noted Miro was fine when he got backstage, “I don’t know what he did, but allegedly it was legitimate, and then he felt better afterward, and he felt better at the back.”

Despite the big debut as Kip Sabian’s best man, Miro would be better off without him. It was odd that a character as popular as Miro associated himself with a heel like Kip Sabian.

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However, he might turn on Sabian at his wedding on AEW Dynamite. Rusev previously said he got bored with the heel attitude in WWE, so we might get to see a proper face turn for the ‘Bulgarian Brute.’

AEW has a good thing planned for the ‘Best Man’ and hopefully, we will get to see better matches and title reigns from the former WWE United States Champion.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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