The WWE has been losing ground with many of its wrestlers as of late, with Rusev and Lana the latest to air their frustrations regarding the company and the way they're being used.
The couple were recent guests on the Chasing Glory podcast (h/t Sescoops.com), where they opened up on their disappointment with the way their careers have taken shape.
Rusev, who lost the United States Championship to Shinsuke Nakamura during the Royal Rumble kickoff show last month, doesn't think the belt is taken seriously enough and claims he's hurt because he feels like he's the only one who cares about it.
“It hurts me because nobody cares about it,” he revealed. “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.”
Nakamura's reign as champion, though, was short-lived, with R-Truth defeating him for the belt on SmackDown last week. And the Bulgarian would turn heel after helping Nakamura assault Truth following the match.
The 34-year-old has tried to stay positive and hopes to feature at WrestleMania. But it's hard not to feel discouraged.
“We became so strong and we’re featured but the more you hang around, the more you’re forgotten,” Rusev continued. “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.”
“We’re not going to be forgotten,” Lana butted in. “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.”
Rusev has gotten into the best shape of his career in an effort to improve his position with Vince McMahon. He's lost 50 pounds through cross fit training and now wears his hair short, yet things don't appear to be changing.
“I would be pissed if I was him,” Lana declared.
“I do all these things but nothing changes," her husband lamented. "I’m trying to catch Vince’s eye. We pitch, we talk and it never comes to anything."
What This Means
Rusev is undoubtedly one of the best talents in the WWE but it's notoriously difficult to get through to McMahon, as many of his employees are finding out.
Given the way things are going nowadays, though, the winds could change. The company is already set to lose Dean Ambrose in April and will likely do what they can to keep the rest of the roster intact.