Every single person that dreams of becoming a WWE superstar dreams of their WrestleMania moment. It’s what makes a moment like Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30 so special. This year, it will be Rusev getting his WrestleMania moment.
It is hard to outdo riding into WrestleMania 31 on a tank, but Rusev is going to attempt it. That’s because this is going to be the year Rusev gets his first singles victory at WrestleMania. Before this year, Rusev’s lone victory at the show of shows was in a tag team match as part of the League of Nations (remember the League of Nations?).
This year, after it seeming like WWE was going to make a huge mistake by leaving Rusev off of the card, he will get his chance. Last night on SmackDown Live, Rusev carried Jinder Mahal to a tag team victory. The performance was so impressive that general manager Daniel Bryan made the choice to add Rusev to this match.
Making an addition like this, just twelve days away from ‘Mania is a telling move by WWE. It means that they might have listened. For months now, the Rusev Day gimmick has taken over the blue brand’s show. In fact, at times, it has been the only compelling part of the show. Rusev’s rise to an over babyface on the main roster is a tale of the power the crowd holds.
The original Rusev Day moment was Rusev acting as a heel, during his feud with Randy Orton. What followed was the crowd latching on to this outrageous idea that an entire day could be named after a WWE superstar. Here we are, eleven days away from WrestleMania talking about Rusev Day on almost a daily basis.
He has become a fan-favorite, with the crowd wanting to see him succeed. Week after week, people wondered when the push would come for the Bulgarian Brute. When WrestleMania season rolled around, everybody thought for sure that Rusev would be apart of it.
Weeks and weeks rolled by, and Rusev wasn’t a part of major angles. He was left off entire shows, despite being the hottest act in the company (with Braun Strowman being up there as well). It began to seem like Rusev was destined for the Battle Royal that will probably take place on the pre-show.
Rusev wasn’t threatening the main event scene like Bryan was back in 2014. He was just somebody that the fans wanted to see do something important. In eleven days, he will get to do just that. And he will probably get his big WrestleMania moment in New Orleans. Hopefully he leaves there as the United States Champion, acknowledging all of the work he has put into to making this gimmick as successful as it is.
It won’t be a big tank and a match against John Cena, but it will more than likely be a wonderful Rusev Day.