The Bulgarian made his comeback sporting a lean physique and a handsome mustache before easily defeating Mike Kanellis and dispatching EC3 just as quickly the following week. Whether or not he's the father of Maria's baby - we know better than to think it's not the latter - the 33-year-old can finally call himself an American.
Rusev announced as much via Instagram this week, claiming he's proud to be a US citizen after a 14-year struggle.
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The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, VA held a naturalization ceremony on Friday and it appears to have been the venue of Rusev's official citizenship achievement following his lengthy stay in the US.
The WWE star was congratulated by the likes of Chris Jericho, EC3, Jey Uso and Ryback.
Rusev's real-life partner Lana could make her return quite soon. Fans had questions over Rusev returning to TV without his wife but, according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, creative did not have any storylines for her at the time. It didn't help that her spouse was involved in a bizarre storyline that exposed some major infidelity on his part.
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This does seem like a great time for WWE to make Rusev United States Champion again as there's a unique opportunity for some cool phrasing.
It appears that Rusev had long wanted to become an American citizen and, now that he's managed to do so, TheSportster would like to congratulate him as well.
It's been quite a journey for the wrestler, who worked in construction, delivered pizzas, cleaned stores and worked at Wendy's before landing a deal with WWE in 2010. We reckon he'll apply to make Rusev Day an official holiday now too.