Miro, formerly known as Rusev, found fame in WWE appearing alongside his real-life partner CJ Perry who performed under the name Lana. Although Rusev played a heel on television he was popular among fans for his in-ring performances with many believing that he could go on and become a main event level star.
However, this scenario never really panned out and the star was released in April 2020. Although he wasn’t out of action long, debuting in AEW as Miro just a handful of months later.
Despite high expectations, Miro has had something of a stop-start run with the company and has been an infrequent presence on AEW television.
“It’s No Different Than WWE” – CJ Perry
During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, CJ Perry was asked whether Miro is happy in All Elite Wrestling. The former WWE star quickly cut to the chase, commenting that he won’t be happy until he’s champion.
“I mean, he wants to be champion so he’s not going to be happy until he’s champion,” she responded. “I’m just going to leave it at that.”
Perry was then asked why she thinks Miro isn’t used more regularly. The star claimed that “Tony Khan has his favourites” who will always be featured more heavily.
“I have a lot of opinions about this. Tony Khan has a vision. At the end of the day, if it’s 100% real, I think there’s this illusion at AEW that the talent book the show. That was definitely the conversation, ‘Oh you go there, you’re going to basically become whatever you’re made of’ but at the end of the day, he’s booking the show.”
“It’s really no different than WWE, it’s just a different director and a different person’s point of view. It’s like comparing NBC to HBO but at the end of the day, you still have the exec who is going to make that final call and that’s what it is. Tony Khan has his favorites and he’s going to push the favorites just like Vince [McMahon] would push his favorites, just like Hunter is going to push his people. It’s show business, it’s nothing personal, it just is what it is.”
“I think my husband is incredible. I feel Vince really valued him in that way and saw that. They hit heads a lot of times towards the end on creative differences. Vince really wanted him as a villain and Miro wanted to explore this new world.”
Miro hasn’t wrestled for AEW since teaming with Sting and Darby Allin to defeat the House of Black at All Out on September 4th.
H/t to F4Wonline