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Alexander Rusev



Photo credit: WWE.com

Photo credit: WWE.com

Real name: Miroslav Barnyashev
Height: 6’0″
Weight 305 lbs.
Date of birth: December 25, 1985
From: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Pro debut: 2008
Trained by: Gangrel, Rikishi
Finishing move: The Accolade

Biography

- Barnyashev began his sporting career as a professional rower and powerlifter
- In the mid-2000′s, Barnyashev emigrated to the USA, moving to Torrance, California
- In 2007, Barnyashev began training under Rikishi and Gangrel at the Knokx Wrestling School
- On November 22, 2008, Barnyashev (as Miroslav Makaraov) made his professional debut, defeating Aerial Star
- In April 2011, Barnyashev was signed to a WWE Development Deal and was repackaged as ‘Alexander Rusev’
- On June 9, 2011, Rusev made his FCW debut, defeating Mike Dalton
- Less than one month later, Rusev tore his ACL and missed over 6 months of action
- On his return to competition, Rusev & Antonio Cesaro unsuccessfully challenged for the FCW Tag Team Titles
- In June 2012, it was reported that Rusev was being considered for the Bulgarian Olympic Weightlifting team. However, Rusev broke his neck that summer and was unable to compete
- Rusev returned to action in May 2013, competing in a Battle Royal
- In August 2013, Rusev joined Sylvester Lefort’s stable, ‘The Fighting Legionnaires’
- On October 24, 2013, Rusev competed in the NXT Title Beat The Clock Challenge, defeating Colin Cassady, but losing the challenge to Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn
- On October 30, Rusev ended his alliance with Lefort and adopted Lana as his new ‘social ambassador’
- On November 21, 2013, Rusev defeated Kofi Kingston on an episode of NXT
- In January 2014, amid rumours of a main roster call-up, Rusev defeated Zack Ryder and Tyson Kidd in WWE Main Event dark matches
- Rusev made his main roster debut at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 26, 2014. The sixth entrant to the titular match, Rusev was eliminated by a joint effort of four wrestlers
- Rusev arrived on WWE TV a short time later managed by Lana
- At Payback 14, Rusev (with Lana) defeated Big E by submission

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