Rusev and Lana have been vocal about their disappointment in WWE's handling and booking of The Bulgarian Brute, and it sounds like his tenure with the company could be ending soon.
Not only that, but a major opportunity might be awaiting Rusev once his time in the WWE is up. More specifically, the former United States Champion could follow Jon Moxley's footsteps and head over to the rival AEW promotion.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), believes that Rusev's contract "is up relatively soon." Meltzer said that The Bulgarian Brute is "not happy" and that he requested "a leave of absence."
Finally, Meltzer said Rusev's possible departure from WWE "would not surprise me at all." He also believes that both the AEW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling promotions "would want him."
Right now, everything adds up for Rusev to leave WWE and find a better opportunity elsewhere. Rusev acknowledged earlier this year that he feels as though he's"going to get lost probably," along with the United States Championship - having grown disgruntled about losing it to Shinsuke Nakamura at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Back in March, Rusev also hinted that he is almost done in WWE. Last week, he sent out a tweet to voice displeasure about Shane McMahon's big push. The Bulgarian Brute hasn't been afraid to let us know how he feels in WWE, which is a clear sign that he'll be happy to leave in short time.
"Rusev Day" was one of the hottest storylines and gimmicks in WWE during 2018, but the company never game him that big push, which was disappointing to the general wrestling world. You can't fault Rusev a bit for being upset about where he stands, and you know AEW or NJPW would make better use of him.
What This Means
There are a ton of WWE superstars who have been linked to joining AEW, but it's actually Dolph Ziggler who's the betting favorite to switch companies. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but all signs are pointing to Rusev leaving WWE in the short time - which is probably best for him.