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Rusev reveals why he missed SmackDown tonight


Last week it was advertised that former WWE United States Champion Rusev would be making his SmackDown Live debut to demand his shot at the WWE Title:

Rusev comes to SmackDown LIVE next week for an answer to his WWE Championship demands

Rusev is coming to SmackDown LIVE next week, and he’s looking for an answer to his demands for a WWE Championship Match.

The Bulgarian Brute was sent to Team Blue in the Superstar Shake-up but has yet to be seen in competition on Tuesday nights. Rusev sent a video to the blue brand, explaining that he does not like SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan and Commissioner Shane McMahon.

Because of his opposition to the Shake-up, the bruiser is refusing to compete on SmackDown LIVE unless he receives a WWE Championship Match at Money in the Bank on June 18. Rusev has promised to pack his backs and return to Bulgaria if he does not get this opportunity.

Since issuing his ultimatum, The Bulgarian Brute has yet to receive an answer. Rusev posted a video on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon addressing McMahon.

“I don’t like being ignored,” he said. “That’s even more disrespectful than turning me down.”

The former United States Champion will not be ignored any longer.

“I want an answer,” Rusev declared. “And I’ll get one when I come to SmackDown LIVE next week.”

Will The Bulgarian Brute get the answer he’s looking for? Find out on SmackDown LIVE next Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network!

Rusev, however, was not present at the event as advertised. He took to Twitter to state that he had to miss the show because he was at the Nashville Predators NHL game instead:

  • Shawn OB

    Orton, wins.

  • MrDr3w

    He’ll interfere in the Main Event and MATCHKA them both.

  • Seth Becker

    He’s going to pack his backs.

  • nick-hulk

    Or it’s the story that he holding them to ransom! Refused to appear till name No1 Contender for weeks, then says he coming for answer, only to stand them up as that would be giving them what they wanted without what he did.
    Prob appear after Randy beats Jindah

  • Will Henderson

    most likely, i bet WWE told him last week to appear on SmackDown next week either last Monday or last Tuesday but later later week told him they decided to nix it to focus on the go home build of Backlash (which is this Sunday) for Tonight’s SmackDown, so if anything, Rusev was originally booked but WWE changed their minds at the last minute, and it’s not the first time WWE did this with SmackDown