If you didn’t know by now, Rusev is a great person to follow on Twitter.
If you recall, there was a report that came out a few weeks ago that Rusev and Lana had asked for their release from WWE. It was noted in the report that Rusev had been frustrated with WWE creative seeing as how when he initially returned from injury, he was supposed to be receiving a WWE Championship match at Money In The Bank, but the plans fell out.
Rusev has shared some very cryptic tweets, which has led to speculation on his WWE status. It should be noted that Rusev might be trolling fans due to the recent rumors on he and Lana asking for their WWE releases. They have since shot those rumors down.
Lana and Rusev are the two Superstars that we are talking about. Lana signed with WWE in June of 2013 and was sent to their developmental branch NXT. Rusev, on the other hand, signed with WWE in September of 2010 and was assigned to WWE's Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) developmental territory in Tampa, Florida, where he adopted the ring name Alexander Rusev.
She debuted on the October 23, 2013, episode of NXT, under the ring name Lana, scouting Alexander Rusev. The following month, WWE put her as Rusev’s manager on television. They had a short run while in the developmental brand.
Lana made her main roster debut on the January 31 episode of SmackDown where she and Rusev in the following weeks appeared in a series of self-promotional videos and speeches. Fast forward to May of that year; they made their television debut. WWE has kept both Rusev and Lana strong on television. Rusev would end up winning the United States Title while with her.
Fast forward, WWE did a breakup angle after Lana quit on Rusev’s behalf during an I Quit Match with John Cena at the Payback PPV event in 2015. There was a brief storyline where Lana was aligned with Dolph Ziggler against Rusev.
This led to Lana making her return to WWE TV as a villainess and by Rusev’s side. WWE then took her off of TV until February of 2016 where she was pushed as a singles star.
Lana faced off with Brie Bella in a tag team match on the WrestleMania 32 pre-show. This would be Lana's in-ring debut. After this match, WWE once again put her with Rusev until they were drafted to SmackDown Live earlier this year. There is a trend here. When Lana and Rusev are together, they have success, but when separated, not so much.
Rusev sent out the following:
“I want to thank @WWE front office TR and everybody involved. THANK YOU.”
He followed up after this week’s episode of SmackDown Live by noting that he’s going home.
“Ok I'm going home...... goodbye America.”