Miroslav Barnyashev, born December 25, 1984, is a Bulgarian-American professional wrestler, former powerlifter, and rower, better known as Rusev. He was formerly signed to W.W.E, where he performed for the RAW brand under the ring name Rusev. Rusev made his main roster debut in January 2014. Since then, he has become a three-time W.W.E United States Champion and a one-time W.W.E Tag Team Champion (with Aiden English). He also won the 2015 King of the Ring tournament. W.W.E released Rusev in 2020, and All Elite Wrestling (A.E.W) has signed him, where he performs under the name Miro. We’ll help you celebrate his special day right here.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Miroslav Barnyashev



Birth date:

December 25, 1985



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6' 0"

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Net Worth:

$2 million

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Miroslav Barnyashev, popularly known as Rusev, is a Bulgarian American professional wrestler currently signed with the A.E.W. Rusev was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on December 25, 1984. His zodiac sign is Capricorn, while his ethnicity is caucasian. He began his professional wrestling career in his native Bulgaria in 2002. He later moved to the U.S. and competed in various independent promotions, such as Full Impact Pro (F.I.P), Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (P.W.G), and Ring of Honor (R.O.H). In 2010, Rusev signed a contract with W.W.E and was assigned to its developmental brand Florida Championship Wrestling (F.C.W). During his time at F.C.W, he adopted the ring name Rusev; F.C.W was later renamed N.X.T in 2012.

Rusev started appearing on N.X.T in 2012; he suffered a broken neck after several matches. While recovering, he traveled to Thailand to learn Martial Arts. Rusev lost his first singles match upon return to N.X.T in 2013 against Dolph Ziggler. He appeared in several matches on N.X.T. Rusev appointed Lana as his manager and social ambassador. He joined the W.W.E main roster in 2014, performing under the R.A.W brand. He later made his debut on the main roster in the Royal Rumble match. The professional wrestler feuded with several stars, including Xavier Woods, R-Truth, and Braun Strowman, among many others. Lana, Rusev’s coach, dedicated the wins of the star to the Russian president, attracting a lot of criticism. He became the first Bulgarian to win a championship in W.W.E in 2014. On March 29, 2015, he lost the title to John Cena after 146 days of reign.

Rusev was released from W.W.E in 2020 and joined the A.E.W, where he is currently signed. He is known by the name Miro. He defeated Allin in 2020 after 12 episodes of Dynamite to win the A.E.W T.N.T. Championship. Rusev suffered several injuries during his time; in September 2021, he was substituted for another wrestler. He is a playable character in video games like W.W.E. 2K15, W.W.E.K.16, and other W.W.E. games. He has also appeared in the reality series “Total Divas” and the films “Countdown” and “Scooby-Doo!” to name a few. Rusev is married to Catherine Perry, aka Lana, an American professional wrestler. He became a citizen of the U.S. by naturalization in 2010.

Career timeline

He Debuts on W.W.E

Rusev debuts on W.W.E and is assigned to W.W.E's Florida Championship Wrestling (F.C.W); it is here that he adopts the ring name Rusev.

He Debuts on W.W.E's Main Roster

Rusev debuts on the main roster of W.W.E at the Royal Rumble.

He Loses the U.S. Championship

Rusev loses his U.S. championship to John Cena after successfully defending it for 146 days.

He Moves to Smackdown

During the Superstar Shake-up, Rusev moves to Smackdown, where he refuses to debut unless he is granted the W.W.E Championship.

He Joins A.E.W

W.W.E releases Rusev, and then he joins A.E.W and is named Miro.

He Wins the T.N.T Championship

Rusev defeats Darby Allin to win the A.E.W T.N.T championship.

Why We Love Rusev

  1. He is a three-time W.W.E United States Champion

    Rusev is a three-time winner of the W.W.E United States championship. He won it in 2014, 2017, and 2019.

  2. He is the first Bulgarian wrestler to work at W.W.E

    Rusev is the first Bulgarian wrestler to be signed by W.W.E. He also holds the record of being the first Bulgarian to win the W.W.E United State Championship.

  3. He is a talented wrestler

    Rusev is one of the most talented athletes of the current century. He ranked eighth on the P.W.I. 500 wrestler's list in 2015.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He is the first Bulgarian in W.W.E

    Rusev is not only the first Bulgarian to participate in the W.W.E but also win the United States Championship.

  2. His wife manages his work

    Rusev's wife, Lana, was his manager and social ambassador.

  3. W.W.E Superstars train him

    Before joining W.W.E, Rusev was trained by W.W.E superstars Rikishi and Gangrel at Knox Wrestling Valley.

  4. He suffered a broken neck

    In 2013, Rusev suffered a broken neck that paralyzed his left arm, so he traveled to Thailand for rehabilitation.

  5. He is known as Miro in A.E.W

    W.W.E released him in 2020, then he joined the A.E.W, where he is called Miro.

Rusev FAQs

Where is Rusev from?

Rusev is from Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

What is Rusev's real name?

His real name is Miroslav Barnyashev, but he is famously called Rusev.

Who is Rusev married to?

On July 29, 2016, Rusev wed American professional wrestler and model Catherine Perry, better known as Lana.

Rusev’s birthday dates

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