WWE Superstar Rusev recently took part in a WWE media conference call. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On if he was surprised by WWE fans cheering him considering the way they have reacted to foreign heel characters throughout history: “No, no, it didn’t take me by surprise. I mean – yes and no. It’s because, they think I’m more than that (a foreign heel). They think I’m more than a stereotypical guy from a country that speaks broken English. They see more than that. They see my passion and connect with me, and I connect with them. That’s why, now, instead of boos, you hear the Rusev Day chants. So, I’m still Bulgarian, and I’m still speaking, and I haven’t changed anything. But it all happened organically, and that’s how the best things happen.”
On if he feels WrestleMania 34 could be the turning point for him in 2018 now that the fans are behind him: “Well, I don’t even know what I’ll be doing at WrestleMania, so it’s very far – fetched for me to think that WrestleMania is going to be my moment, to turn 2018 (around). I don’t even know; I take it day by day. Each Rusev Day by each Rusev Day. As long as I open my eyes in the morning, that’s a great opportunity for me, and that’s how I look at it.”
On having a war of words with UFC mega-star Conor McGregor in 2016 and if he would welcome McGregor to WWE the way Ronda Rousey has come from UFC to WWE: “McGregor? He’s not coming to WWE. What is he going to do here? He just made $ 160 million (against Mayweather). What is he going to do here? He’s going to sit at home.”
On what he would do if McGregor did sign with WWE: “Yeah, I’d definitely like to see him, me and Sheamus get a pint of Guinness, and go from there (laughs).”