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Aiden is in the tournament as a sacrificial lamb. They will be tag champions between now and Mania.
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Quote WWE management must be thrilled with Rusev’s recent surge of popularity. The new “Happy Rusev Day” shirts are sold out at the live events and on the WWE Shop website.

As of this writing, WWEShop.com is sold out of every shirt men’s shirt and it’s the number 1 selling item on the site. To his credit, in addition to his excellent work on Smackdown Live, Rusev has been promoting his merchandise on social media. If he is not officially a babyface then they will be forced to “officially” turn him babyface soon because he seems to be the hottest act in the company.

The top 15 sellling items on WWEShop.com right now:

1) Rusev “Happy Rusev Day” Authentic T-Shirt
2) AJ Styles “The One Who Gets it Done” Special Edition T-Shirt
3) The Usos “Down Since Day One Ish” Authentic T-Shirt
4) AJ Styles “Untouchable” Authentic T-Shirt
5) Stone Cold Steve Austin “Santa Stunner” Holiday T-Shirt
6) The Shield “Shield United” Authentic T-Shirt
7) Seth Rollins “Burn It Down” Red Authentic T-Shirt
8) nWo Retro T-Shirt
9) Ric Flair “Stylin & Profilin” Authentic T-Shirt
10) AJ Styles “Untouchable” Red T-Shirt
11) Elias “World Tour” Authentic T-Shirt
12) Braun Strowman “Monster Among Us” Authentic T-Shirt
13) Finn Bálor “Resurrection” Authentic T-Shirt
14) Seth Rollins “Burn It Down” Knit Beanie Hat
15) Sheamus & Cesaro “The Bar” Authentic T-Shirt


So with this in mind surely WWE have to get behind Rusev and really push him now. You can’t really call him a heel now due to how much he’s embracing the fan reaction but I would expect them to make the babyface turn official very soon.

With his current popularity I would be very tempted to put the US title on Rusev or give him and English the tag-belts.
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Face and heel isn't what it once was, especially on Smackdown. I don't see Rusev Day taking the tag belts because Gable needs to take them before mania just for the established narrative but they missed a big chance with the US title.

I do think a Bludgeon Brothers feud is ideal. Ascension can finish their turn on Breezango and that leaves the Bludgeon Brothers available. Their push towards the titles doesn't start until after mania so I expected they'd line up against New Day but Rusev Day might now be a better choice. Rusev should be shown as able to compete with them, while English is ritually demolished.

This leaves New Day a bit bereft but they've never really needed a storyline. Leading into Mania this would see Gable and Benjamin as champs, losing them to New Day in a triple threat tag also featuring The Usos. Usos and Gable go to Raw, New Day feud with Bludgeon Brothers.

Rusev would unfortunately be on the pre show with English and Breezango losing to Bludgeon Brothers and Ascension but he would at least be on the card and be well placed to feud with Mahal/Cena/Ziggler for the US title coming out of mania. Next year could be a big year for Rusev.
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Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

Quote WWE management must be thrilled with Rusev’s recent surge of popularity. The new “Happy Rusev Day” shirts are sold out at the live events and on the WWE Shop website.

As of this writing, WWEShop.com is sold out of every shirt men’s shirt and it’s the number 1 selling item on the site. To his credit, in addition to his excellent work on Smackdown Live, Rusev has been promoting his merchandise on social media. If he is not officially a babyface then they will be forced to “officially” turn him babyface soon because he seems to be the hottest act in the company.

The top 15 sellling items on WWEShop.com right now:

1) Rusev “Happy Rusev Day” Authentic T-Shirt
2) AJ Styles “The One Who Gets it Done” Special Edition T-Shirt
3) The Usos “Down Since Day One Ish” Authentic T-Shirt
4) AJ Styles “Untouchable” Authentic T-Shirt
5) Stone Cold Steve Austin “Santa Stunner” Holiday T-Shirt
6) The Shield “Shield United” Authentic T-Shirt
7) Seth Rollins “Burn It Down” Red Authentic T-Shirt
8) nWo Retro T-Shirt
9) Ric Flair “Stylin & Profilin” Authentic T-Shirt
10) AJ Styles “Untouchable” Red T-Shirt
11) Elias “World Tour” Authentic T-Shirt
12) Braun Strowman “Monster Among Us” Authentic T-Shirt
13) Finn Bálor “Resurrection” Authentic T-Shirt
14) Seth Rollins “Burn It Down” Knit Beanie Hat
15) Sheamus & Cesaro “The Bar” Authentic T-Shirt


So with this in mind surely WWE have to get behind Rusev and really push him now. You can’t really call him a heel now due to how much he’s embracing the fan reaction but I would expect them to make the babyface turn official very soon.

With his current popularity I would be very tempted to put the US title on Rusev or give him and English the tag-belts.
I told everyone on Twitter that Roman wasn't even a top seller on the WWE shop and Roman fans sent me death threats.

Roman isn't even in the top 15 lmao. To quote Vince McMahon.... if you are a top merchandise seller, you will be at the top of the company....

...oh Vince.... please stop.

When ever someone organically becomes over on their own since the ruthless Aggression era ended, they either get buried or wasted and end up being released. Vince wants to push people he personally wants to get all the attention. I just hope that he doesn't continue this trend with Ruru. I been saying this since 2015, he is a mega star and no one believed me.
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Originally posted by Benscast Benscast wrote:

Aiden is in the tournament as a sacrificial lamb. They will be tag champions between now and Mania.
 
It's possible for jobbing in the US tournament he will be thanked with a title run. I would expect if that happens for them to win at Wrestlemania for the biggest ever Rusev Day crowd to pop.
 
Quote The US title tournament appears to be an attempt to jump start Rusev's push. While he is not in the title tournament itself, it's possible that the whole thing will culminate with Rusev turning face and ending up with the title, perhaps in an angle with Aiden English.

Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

I don't like the sound of that because I wouldn't put it past creative to use this partnership to start another underwhelming Rusev heel run.
 
Management should be happy with the pops, but deep down they are probably pissed off that they are responsible for them by putting Rusev on Total Divas, thus showing us how funny he is out of character.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Colohue Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01/January/2018 at 13:02
If you read through that WON info carefully you'll see that there is absolutely no basis in fact. 'It appears' means nothing. 'It's possible' means nothing. 'Perhaps' means nothing.

It's just a Journalist essentially covering his bases so that he can come out and say 'I was right' at the end of it.
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Quote Rusev and Aiden English are talking backstage about new lyrics for their song, when Lana walks in. The crowd pops big for Lana, who is wearing a Rusev Day t-shirt. Lana says Rusev day is bigger than ever, but something is still holding Rusev back. Rusev wonders what could be holding him back, since he has a holiday in his name every day.
 
The fans reacted to Lana insinuating Rusev needs to drop English, but Rusev and the commentators played dumb.
 
I hope they aren't split up. They make a great team and the part Aiden English has played in getting Rusev over shouldn't be overlooked.
 
Maybe this is just a tease where management want to find out how much fans want them kept together.
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If anything I think the plan here is to get English over as much as Rusev. He's gone unappreciated for a while, despite being the catalyst for Rusev's greatest period of popularity.

This could be used to reinforce Rusev as a heel, in a way that actually gets him booed. It could also be the beginning of his face turn, should he reject Lana and side with English. It all depends on how much of a heel Lana is shown to be.
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Originally posted by Tom Colohue Tom Colohue wrote:

If anything I think the plan here is to get English over as much as Rusev. He's gone unappreciated for a while, despite being the catalyst for Rusev's greatest period of popularity.


I think he is starting to become more and more over himself as a result of The Rusev Day gimmick but also this week with the Lana Day stuff

Hes a huge part of the whole act and a huge part of what Rusev Day is right now
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I would agree with that. English is starting to catch up to Rusev in terms of popularity and having him play cheerleader for Lana made a big difference in how they presented her big win. Essentially Aiden is the babyface and Rusev and Lana are heels benefitting from him. 

Now should we get a Rusev/English megapowers storyline where instead of anything romantic Lana and Rusev are feuding over English's managerial services, I'm not going to complain.
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