As seen at WWE Fastlane, Rusev faced The Big Show in an impromptu match in a losing effort on the show. The finish of the bout saw Rusev take three chokeslams and knockout punch.
While speaking with fans at a recent WWE Live Event, The Big Show was asked about the finish to the Fastlane match where he destroyed Rusev. Big Show claims that the reason the match went down the way it did is because Rusev is about to undergo shoulder surgery.
Rusev has not been involved in any major storyline since his angle with Lana against Enzo Amore dissolved. For a short amount of time, he teamed with Jinder Mahal, but this partnership has ended. During the WWE Fastlane pay-per-view, Rusev competed against Big Show, and was dismantled, receiving multiple chokeslams and a knockout punch. This could have been a way to write him off television while he recovers.
With just three weeks left before WrestleMania, an appearance is unlikely from the Bulgarian Brute.
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