Back in April of 2020, Miro, then known as Rusev, was released from his WWE contract. The star would officially become All Elite in September 2020, debuting as Kip Sabian’s “best man.” When their partnership finally ran its course, Miro found success as a singles star, capturing the TNT Championship from Darby Allin in May of 2021.
However, despite being in the company for over two years, The Redeemer has only had 29 matches in AEW, and only four of those matches took place in 2022. He hasn’t been seen on AEW programming since teaming with Darby Allin and Sting to defeat the House of Black at AEW All Out, and his last appearance before that took place at Forbidden Door in June.
A new update from Fightful Select reports that Miro’s recent absence has nothing to do with either injury or an unwillingness to compete; in fact, according to sources that spoke wiht Fightful, the star is completely healthy and wants to actively compete. However, the simple fact is that creative hasn’t been presented to him to do so.
Continuing, the report notes that while it looked like Miro may be factored back into creative plans over the summer, that didn’t come to pass. While there were plans to have creative conversations between AEW and Miro, those conversations haven’t happened. Sources who spoke to Fightful insist that the star is eager to get back to competition.
Miro himself has seemingly expressed frustration with his positioning on social media in recent months.
Miro’s Wife CJ Perry Gave Her Thoughts On Her Husband’s Absence From AEW
During an October appearance on Busted Open, CJ Perry (formerly known as WWE’s Lana) spoke candidly about her husband’s career in AEW, noting that he won’t be happy until he’s a champion. She also expressed her belief that AEW President Tony Khan has his favorite performers, and that Miro doesn’t appear to be among them.
“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.” (h/t F4WOnline)