Rusev is an American professional wrestler who has won three W.W.E United States Championships and one W.W.E Tag Team Championship.

Miroslav Barnyashev popularly known as Rusev is a Bulgarian-American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE. He made his wrestling debut as part of the independent circuit starting in 2008. In WWE, Rusev was a three-time United States Champion, and he was the first and only Bulgarian wrestler to have worked for WWE. To know more about him, you can read the below article.

Bio, Age, Parents, Nationality

Miroslav Barnyashev, best known as Rusev, is a Bulgarian-American professional wrestler, former powerlifter, and rower who was born on December 25, 1984. His age is 37 as of 2023. He was previously contracted to W.W.E, where he worked for the RAW brand as Rusev. Rusev debuted on the primary roster in January 2014. His nationality is Bulgarian.

Since then, he has won three W.W.E United States Championships and one W.W.E Tag Team Championship. (with Aiden English). He also won the King of the Ring competition in 2015. Rusev was dismissed by W.W.E. in 2020, and All Elite Wrestling (A.E.W) hired him under the ring name Miro. We’ll assist you in celebrating his unique day right here.

Education Details

For education, He attended a sports school while growing up and competed in rowing and powerlifting as an adult.

Quick Facts About Rusev

Full NameMiroslav Barnyashev
Date of BirthDecember 24, 1984
Birth PlacePlovdiv, PR Bulgaria
Weight304 lb (138 kg)
Theme Song“Redeemer”
DebutNovember 22, 2008

Rusev: Career, Net Worth 2023

  • Moving toward his sports journey, Rusev emigrated from Bulgaria to the United States with the ambition of becoming a professional wrestler in the mid-2000s. Then, he began training as a wrestler under Gangrel and Rikishi at the Knokx Pro Wrestling Academy.
  • Later, he debuted in the San Diego, California-based independent promotion New Wave Pro Wrestling on November 22nd, 2008, under the ring name Miroslav Makaraov, defeating Aerial Star.
  • In 2010, he joined the Santa Maria, California-based independent promotion Vendetta Pro Wrestling (VPW), shortening his ring name to Miroslav. While wrestling for VPW, he was managed by Markus Mac.
  • In September 2010, he was signed to a contract by the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He was assigned to WWE’s Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) developmental territory in Tampa, Florida, where he adopted the ring name Alexander Rusev.
  • He wrestled his first televised match on the July 17th, 2011, episode of FCW, defeating Mike Dalton while being managed by Raquel Diaz. Shortly after debuting in FCW, Rusev tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and his meniscus and spent six months rehabilitating.
  • He returned to FCW in March 2012 with Nick Rogers as his manager. In the summer of 2012, He suffered a broken neck, temporarily paralyzing his arm. While rehabilitating, he traveled to Thailand, where he studied the martial art, Muay Thai. In August 2012, WWE rebranded FCW as NXT.
  • After his neck healed, He made his NXT television debut on the May 30th, 2013, episode, competing in a battle royal to determine the number one contender to the NXT Championship that was won by Bo Dallas. His first singles match on NXT came about on August 21st, losing to Dolph Ziggler.
  • He continued to appear sporadically on NXT after joining the main roster in April 2014, making his final appearance on July 24th, getting disqualified against NXT Champion Adrian Neville in a non-title match.
  • He made his main roster debut at the Royal Rumble. The sixth entrant in the titular match, He was eliminated by the joint effort of four wrestlers. After months of self-promotional videos and speeches by Rusev and his manager Lana, his return match on the main roster came on the April 7th episode of Raw, where he squashed Zack Ryder.
  • He failed to regain the championship the following month at Extreme Rules in a Russian Chain match; during the match, Lana garnered a positive reaction from the crowd, leading to his banishing her from ringside and causing dissension between the two.
  • On the post-Payback episode of Raw on May 18th, 2015, He ended his affiliation with Lana, who slapped him in response. On the May 25th episode of Raw, he reverted to being billed from Bulgaria and began carrying the flag of Bulgaria to ringside. Later that same evening, he unsuccessfully attempted to reconcile with Lana.

Rusev is a professional wrestler who has a current net worth of $1 million as of 2023. His source of wealth comes from his wrestling career. Also, he earns somewhere around $250,000. However, his asset details are yet to be disclosed.

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Relationship Status of Rusev

Rusev married his fellow WWE performer Catherine Perry, better known as Lana, on July 29th, 2016. However, the couple got divorced on November 19th, 2019, when Lana announced that she has officially filed for divorce against his husband, Rusev.

Lana was then married to Bobby Lashley, with whom he got feuded for a couple of months afterward. Being her ex-husband, he congratulated them and give them a gift as well. Presently, he is probably single and lives happily. Further, He became a naturalized American citizen on September 27th, 2019. Also, he was rumored to be dating Summer Rae in 2015.

Body Measurement – Height, Weight

Talking about his body statistics, Rusev has a height of 6 feet 0 inches and he weighs around 138 Kg. His eyes are brown and his hair color is black. Further, he has an athletic body but his body measurements are still under review. Whenever we updated, we will let you know.


Is Miro Rusev married?

He is married to his wife Catherine Joy “CJ” Perry.

How old is Rusev?

He is 37 years old.

What is Rusev’s real name?

His real name is Miroslav Barnyashev.

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