CJ Perry – formerly known as Lana – has discussed Miro’s run in AEW and pointedly remarked that “Tony Khan has his favourites” but that he’s not alone in that.
Formerly known as Rusev in WWE, Miro joined AEW in September 2020 as Kip Sabian’s Best Man and was soon embroiled in a feud with the Best Friends where the Bulgarian star ended up with Chuck Taylor as his own personal butler for a spell.
In May 2021, a very different Miro became TNT Champion and ‘The Redemeer’ was born. He held that title for just four months before losing to Sammy Guevara. Miro’s time in AEW has been marked by long periods of inactivity – he has only wrestled four times in 2022 and three of those bouts were in June – leading many to wonder if there will ever be concrete plans for him.
Miro’s wife CJ Perry discussed his time in AEW during an appearance on Busted Open Radio where she began by stating his very simple goal:
“I mean, he wants to be champion so he’s not going to be happy until he’s champion. I’m just going to leave it at that.”
CJ Perry did elaborate on why she thinks Miro is not a regular on AEW television and ultimately it comes down to Tony Khan’s vision for his company and says that’s no different to WWE:
“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.”