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Rusev Explains Why Vince McMahon Shortened His Name



On this day in 1999, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW MONDAY NITRO’.

It was broadcasted from the Rockford MetroCentre in Rockford, Illinois and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Road Wild 1999’ PPV.

The card can be found here:

1. Fit Finlay vs. Jerry Flynn

2. Lodi vs. Norman Smiley

3. Sting vs. Ric Flair

4. WCW TV Title: Rick Steiner vs. Horace Hogan

5. Psicosis vs. Eddie Guerrero

6. Kanyon vs. Stevie Ray

7. Randy Savage vs. Kidman

8. Konnan vs. Vampiro

9. Curt Hennig & Barry Windham vs. Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn

10. WCW World Title: Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Vicious

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• Rusev Explains Why Vince McMahon Shortened His Name

During a recent appearance on At Cafe show, former United States Champion Rusev explained why Vince McMahon shortened his name in WWE.

Below is what Rusev said:

“[WWE] gives you an option to submit names you like. And I was thinking about it. Then to make a joke with my friend Vasil, Vasil Rusev, who I used to share a rowing boat with, I chose Rusev. And I was Alexander Rusev with Alexander later being dropped. I liked Alexander because it sounded [mighty] and Bulgarian.

But then it got dropped because Vince McMahon said ‘Ugh, Alexander, they’ll start calling you Alex as a nickname and you have to be a Russian/Bulgarian villain, we’re dropping it’.

I made [the catchphrase ‘Rusev udrya, Rusev machka’] myself. Our character, mine and Lana’s, that we present in the ring was very [inspired] by Rocky IV, we took a lot from there. And I remember a scene where Rocky’s trainer says that whatever Drago hits, he destroys. And I was thinking how something similar can work for me. And one day we had to record it in studio and that’s when ‘Rusev udrya, Rusev machka’ was born.”

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