Remember when Rusev was an all-conquering brute who made his way effortlessly through half the WWE roster?
Well, it looks like the WWE, Vince McMahon, and the rest of the creative team are going back to bringing out that side of the Bulgarian superstar after the latest twist to his feud with Kalisto was revealed.
According to a release from the WWE's official website, the current United States Champion will have to miss SmackDown this week due to injuries he suffered at the hands of Rusev on Monday Night Raw.
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You can read the WWE's statement on said injury and Kalisto's status here:"Due to injuries sustained at the hands of Rusev on Raw, United States Champion Kalisto is unable to compete on this week's SmackDown, WWE.com has learned."
"WWE medical staff confirmed that Kalisto suffered a strained intercostal muscle and erectus spinae muscle, attributed to Rusev's Accolade submission maneuver," they went on to add.
So, does this mean that Kalisto has also been ruled out of action for his title defense scheduled for the Extreme Rules pay-per-view this weekend?
Of course not, because this is the WWE, where they can and do make up injuries to further a storyline whenever they want.
"Despite his injuries, Kalisto is still planning on defending his U.S. Title against The Super Athlete this Sunday at Extreme Rules."
If you had any doubts as to whether or not Kalisto's injury might be real or not, then don't fret. It is absolutely made up.
WWE superstars have to go out and perform with injuries all the time. Roman Reigns has previously said in the past that he doesn't think he's ever been at 100% when he's stepped inside a WWE ring. That's just the nature of the beast.
Kalisto's tenure as the United States Champion has been interesting, to say the very least. Given the title while still a part of his tag team - the Lucha Dragons - Kalisto hasn't really shone with the belt like the WWE would've been hoping.
He had a truly awful feud with Ryback that culminated in various pre-show matches, and now looks like he'll probably lose the strap to Rusev at Extreme Rules.