Former WWE Superstar Miro has recalled almost getting into a fight with three other WWE stars ahead of WrestleMania 32.
Miro, then known as Rusev, originally signed with WWE back in 2010. The ‘Bulgarian Brute’ as he was billed, later debuted with NXT in May 2013.
After a successful stint on the black and gold brand flanked by Lana, Rusev won the WWE United States Championship on three occasions. By 2015, Rusev was placed in a faction alongside Wade Barrett, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio, known as The League of Nations.
Recalling his time in the group, Miro said that he felt it was a huge missed opportunity as it was something fresh that hadn’t been done on the main roster.
“Man, talk about what a great waste of opportunity the League of Nations is,” Miro said. “We were told we were going to be put together and nobody told us we were going to be a punching bag for Roman Reigns, that’s the only reason we’re doing this.
I thought looking at three former champions, big guys, strong guys, international guys, we haven’t had anything like this on the roster. On night number 2, we lost to Roman Reigns 4 on 1 and ever since that night we knew we were just destined to do this, to do just nothing but jobs.”
Despite the group not reaching the heights that many had hoped, they still got to face The New Day at WrestleMania 32. Although the League of Nations won the match, they were immediately attacked by Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Despite the relatively high-profile match, Miro said all was not well with the group behind the scenes. In fact things were so bad that the four men nearly got into a fight right before they walked out for the bout.
“It is what it is, it still got us a WrestleMania match with The New Day,” Miro said. “At that time we had a lot of problems internally within the group so there was a lot of fighting going on and I’m not proud of that by any means. It was so messed up that even practices, you know, you have to talk about the matches every now and then and you couldn’t even get all of us together. It was such a disaster and then the match day came and even before the match, we almost got in a fight within us. Right before we walked out, we almost got in a fight, the four of us.”
Despite this, the former TNT Champion said that he loved the experience, in particular getting to take a Stunner from Steve Austin.
“We went out there and had the match, we also had a bad attitude like why’s these Hall of Famers coming in and doing all these maneuvers on us. But at the end of the day, I love Steve Austin, I wanted to take the Stunner and I got to take it. The people loved it, we won whatever, then when the music hit and Shawn [came down] and everything, people loved it.
“I loved it, it was a great moment, I took my favorite bump which is the Stunner which I have seen so many times on TV before. Call me a mark, not for myself but for the business but when you grow up watching across the world and now you get to do it with the man, not with Kevin Owens, but with the actual man, of course, I’m going to do it. I took The Rock’s [Stunner] bump right through the ropes, best day ever.”
Miro remained with WWE until April 2020, going on to join AEW that September.
The Redeemer hasn’t wrestled since being defeated by Bryan Danielson in the final of the AEW World Title Eliminator tournament at Full Gear on November 13th. That match came after Miro was added to the tournament at the eleventh hour with Jon Moxley unable to compete. The former WWE star first dispatched Orange Cassidy before meeting Danielson.
It was later reported that neither of these matches were planned as the star was dealing with a hamstring injury. In fact, Miro had been out of action since losing the TNT Championship to Sammy Guevara on September 29th.
While he has been unable to compete in the ring, Miro has still appeared on AEW television in promo segments, where he continues to descend further into crisis as a result of recent defeats.
H/t to Wrestling Inc in the transcription.