There’s the big one. Back in April, WWE released dozens of wrestlers in the span of a few days, which really shook things up in both the company and in the wrestling industry as a whole. While there were several wrestlers suddenly gone from WWE, there were also several free agents available to be picked up by other companies. It became a question of when and where these people would be signed and now arguably the biggest name has been taken off the market.

Of all the names released, one of the biggest was Rusev. Over the years, it seemed that Rusev had been ready to move up to the main event scene for a long time. A lot of that was due to the Rusev Day promos, which captured the fans’ imaginations in a big way. Rusev would jump into the main event scene every now and then but WWE never moved him all the way up. Now he has a chance elsewhere.

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Rusev, now going by his real name of Miro, debuted on AEW Dynamite this Wednesday during a promo with Kip Sabian, who named him as the best man for his wedding. Miro mentioned being in a company for years where he was told to go after the brass ring but did not want to hear about it anymore. Miro finished up by saying he was All Elite, with AEW later confirming the signing via Twitter.

Opinion: Works for me. I don’t think this is the biggest shock in the world as Miro has seemed to be destined to show up on a big show somewhere, as he should be. Miro was one of the more confusing releases from WWE as he seems to be someone who could be a big star in a hurry, but for some reason it never clicked. Hopefully he capitalizes on the chance, because this is a big one.

What do you think of Miro’s AEW debut? What should he do in the company? Let us know in the comments below.

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