Bulgarian professional wrestler Miroslav Barnyashev who is popularly known as Rusev, was born in Bulgaria but now living as a citizen of America.
Rusev is currently signed and actively contributing his wrestling skills in World Wrestling Entertainment.
He is only Bulgarian wrestler to win United States Championship three times in WWE.
Rusev: Quick Facts
|Full Name||Miroslav Barnyashev|
|Date of Birth||December 25, 1984|
|Birthplace||Plovdiv, People’s Republic of Bulgaria|
|Net Worth||$1 Million|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight|| 304lb (138 kg)
Early Life of Rusev
Rusev was born on December 25, 1994, in Plovdiv, People’s republic of Bulgaria. He completed his study in a sports school where he learns rowing and powerlifting.
Rusev Age and Body Measurements
Bulgarian beast Miroslav Barnyashev is living his 35th year of age. Rusev has an average body height of 6 feet (183 cm) and a total body weight of 138 Kilogram, i.e., 304 pounds.
He has an impressive chest size of 51 inches, a waist of 38 inches, and biceps of 20 big inches. The eye color of the Bulgarian beast is light brown, and hair color is Black.
Rusev’s Professional Wrestling Career
Early Career (2008 – 2010)
Rusev had a big dream of becoming a professional wrestler, which is why he went to the United States in the mid-2000s. He began to train under Gangrel and Rikishi at the Knokx Pro Wrestling Academy.
Miroslav had his first debut professional match at New Wave Pro Wrestling on November 22, 2008. He successfully defeated Aerial Star in his debut match.
Rusev then joined Vendetta Pro Wrestling (VPW) in 2010, a California-based independent promotion shortening his ring name to Miroslav.
World Wrestling Entertainment
Miroslav Barnyashev was signed by professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment in September 2010. He was currently assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in Tampa, Florida.
While wrestling in FCW, Rusev adopted a new ring name of Alexander Rusev. He won his first television match on July 17, 2011, where he defeated Mike Dalton while being managed by Raquel Diaz.
Rusev also learned martial art Muay Thai while traveling to Thailand to improve his wrestling skills.
He broke his neck and tore both of his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his initial phase of a wrestling career. Also, I had a temporary arm paralyzed.
Rusev then made NXT television debut on May 30, 2013, after getting healed and more energetic. In his debut match, he competes in a battle royal entering on number one, which was won by Bo Dallas.
He lost his first singles match on NXT against Dolph Ziggler on August 21. Rusev then teamed up with Scott Dawson as “The Fighting Legionnaires.”
They started to feud with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady. Miroslav then had his main roster match against Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Sin Cara with a win.
United States Championship (2014 – 2015)
Rusev, with his manager Lana came back to the main roster of WWE squashing Zack Ryder. He was anti-American who holds a Russian flag and named “Hero of the Russian Federation.”
Huge Russian supporter and Bulgarian beast were unbeaten for several months, where he defeated Xavier Woods and R-Truth at Extreme Rules in a two-on-one handicap match.
He also defeated Big E, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, and Big Show in the following matches.
Rusev got his first-ever professional wrestling championship title “United States Championship,” defeating Sheamus on November 3.
Achievements and Championship of Rusev
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Most Improved Wrestler of the Year in 2014
- Ranked No. 8 in the PWI 500 in 2015
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Best Gimmick of 2014 with Lana
- Most Improved Wrestler of 2014
- Most Underrated Wrestler of 2017
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment)
- Three times the WWE United States Championship
- Slammy Award winner for Match of the Year in 2014
Bulgarian world wrestler Rusev was married to Catherine Perry, also known as Lana as a women wrestler in WWE. The beautiful couple was married in July 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rusev became a permanent citizen of America on September 27, 2019.
Sadly the couple got divorced on November 19, 2019, where Lana made an announcement that she has officially filed for divorce against his husband, Rusev.
Lana was then married to Bobby Lashley, with whom he got feuded for a couple of months afterward.
The 138 Kilogram Bulgarian powerhouse wrestler was once appeared in a music video for the song “The Whole F’n Show” by Kushinator along with some of VPW wrestlers.
The music video was the entrance music of wrestler Rob Van Dam.
Rusev began to appear as a playable video game character in WWE 2k15. He then was placed in every WWE video games, i.e., WWE 2k16, WWE 2k17, WWE 2k18, and WWE 2k19.
Barnyashev also appeared in reality series of Total Divas in 2016. Rusev then played the WWE film Countdown and animated movie Scooby-Doo! And WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon.
Rusev Net Worth
With a fantastic career in World Wrestling Entertainment, he earns between $250,000 to $500,000 within a year. And, the total net worth of 34-years Bulgarian wrestler is about $1 Million.
Social Media Presence
Facebook: 405 K Followers
Instagram: 1.1 Million Followers
Twitter: 751 K Followers