SmackDown Live this week was once more a disappointment as it has been for many WWE fans over the past couple of months, but it was more frustrating for fans to watch this week again as one of the most over superstars in the WWE today was not featured on the live show.
On this week's show, Kevin Owens defeated Dolph Ziggler, The Riott Squad won against the team of Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Naomi, The New Day defeated Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, Harper & Rowan won a squash match against unknown competitors, and AJ Styles defeated Baron Corbin in the main event.
However, for the second week in a row, one certain superstar wasn't included on the blue brand's show despite being one of the most over superstars across the entire WWE today. That superstar is Rusev.
Before SmackDown took place this week, Rusev did wrestle in a losing effort alongside is tag team partner in Aiden English against The Usos, but The Bulgarian Brute was not on the show itself for the second week in a row.
WWE fans have been able to witness the former United States Champion compete alongside his wife Lana when they defeated Bayley and Elias in the mixed match challenge, but this hasn't been enough for fans of Rusev Day.
Fans of The Bulgarian Brute made their voices heard on Twitter that they were unhappy with the lack of Rusev on SmackDown Live once more this week.
The man himself provided an update on his own whereabouts on his own Twitter account.
Rusev wasn't the only big-named superstar not featured on SmackDown Live this week, as Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura was nowhere to be seen, and Women's Money in the Bank holder Carmella wasn't on the show either, which is surprising considering those two could be the next title holders on the blue brand.
Overall, this is another sign that fans are getting frustrated with WWE's booking of SmackDown. It seems odd that they wouldn't push The Bulgarian Brute, especially after Shane "duly noted" the Rusev Day chants a couple of weeks ago when talking about giving out opportunities.
It makes no sense to have either Baron Corbin or Dolph Ziggler in the WWE Championship picture when you have a superstar as over with the fans as Rusev on SmackDown, and especially when you take into account the fact The Showoff had walked out of the blue brand not too long ago.
With the way which creative has been booking SmackDown over the past couple of months, it's no wonder that we'll be switching back to dual-branded pay-per-views soon.
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