Miro was among the many WWE members of staff released on April 15th. He got his release three years after he initially asked for it. His final match in WWE resulted in him losing, but that was not the original plan.
Miro, who was known as Rusev during his WWE run, was feuding with Bobby Lashley in a love triangle storyline that involved his real-life wife Lana. Rusev was aware when he was going to be wrestling his last match in WWE, but Vince McMahon seemingly changed plans at the final moment to ensure that he lost the match.
During Talk Is Jericho, Miro discussed the entire experience in detail. Here is what he said:
“I knew the last match I had on TV was my last match. It was me and Humberto Carillo against Garza and Bobby. The match started. We were supposed to go over. Next thing I know, I’m losing. Next thing I know, Garza is beating me. Not even Bobby who was the feud. I already don’t have any wins against these people. It doesn’t matter, I’m a professional and whatever you want to do, that’s what we do. Here comes the finish, a rollup, and the instructions were for him to leave the ring. Next thing you know I see the ref goes to his ear. Next thing you know, Angel goes to the corner and raises his hand while I’m in the ring selling a rollup. I turn around and I see what’s happening.”
“I charged him and beat the f*ck out of him. I saw him there and my eyes turned red because I knew what they were trying to do. I went after him and started clubbing him. He rolled out and I broke Joey Mercury’s rule which is if you are a babyface and you lose, you never raise your hand. I so wanted to stick it to everybody and say I don’t care who wins and loses because I am Miro and I raised my hand. I came to the back and Vince said he was going to give me a bonus because he said, ‘Oh, they tried to bury you out there and you tried to take care of yourself.’ Jericho said, ‘What, they aren’t going to do anything out there without telling him.’ Miro said Vince told him, ‘this is exactly what we wanted to see, very aggressive good stuff’ and that was my last match.”
Miro losing to Angel Garza, with whom he had no history with was certainly a shot taken at him. Since then Miro joined AEW and has said that he is happy working in the company. He is currently teaming up with Kip Sabian and is involved in a feud with the Best Friends.