Rusev’s third reign as WWE’s United States Champion on the Smackdown Live brand ended after about one month when he dropped the title to Shinsuke Nakamura at the Royal Rumble over a week ago. During an appearance on Lilian Garcia’s “Chasing Glory” podcast, Rusev vented his frustrations about his current role in WWE. Thanks to SEScoops for the quotes.
Here’s what Rusev said about being US Champion and wanting to do more:
“It hurts me because nobody cares about it (US Title). It feels like I’m the only one that cares about the title. I wanted to make it bigger. I wanted to make it what it was back when I wrestled John Cena for it. But it seems like every time somebody else has it, nothing happens. Now that I’ve lost it, the title is probably going to get lost again. And I’m going to get lost probably too.”
“We became so strong and we’re featured, but the more you hang around, the more you’re forgotten. It doesn’t matter how good you are. I think I’m good. It doesn’t matter what I do. It kind of ends up the same thing.”
“I do all these things but nothing changes. I’m trying to catch Vince’s eye. We pitch, we talk and it never comes to anything.”
Lana, who is Rusev’s wife, also mentioned the couple’s frustrations and she talked about fighting for their position.
“We’re not going to be forgotten. We’re going to fight for our careers. We’re going to knock on Vince McMahon’s door and fight for it. If you do not fight for your career, you will be lost. We’re going to do everything possible. If it’s not meant to be, we’re going to look back and say, ‘We did everything possible.’ And if that was the way the journey was supposed to go, then that’s the way it was supposed to go.”
You can listen to Rusev and Lana on the Lilian Garcia podcast at the link below.