The ‘Bulgarian Brute’ Rusev underwent shoulder surgery on the 9th March and is expected to be out of action for several months, meaning he will miss WrestleMania 33.
Surgery was always going to be the plan for Rusev, however it was hoped it could be delayed to allow him to work WrestleMania. His surgery and resulting recovery period is also the reason his alliance with Jinder Mahal was abruptly ended.
Rusev’s wife, Lana, meanwhile continues her in-ring training and will likely work occasional NXT events. She was recently training at the WWE Performance Center last week.