Miroslav Barnyashev, famous by his ring name Alexander Rusev is a Bulgarian professional wrestler and former rower and powerlifter born on 25th December 1985. After receiving his wrestling training from former WWE stars Rikishi and Gangrel, Rusev started his career in 2008 at New Wave Pro Wrestling. In 2010, he signed a contract with WWE and was sent to Florida Championship Wrestling where he adopted his ring name “Alexander Rusev” and later performed at NXT too. The WWE main roster debut of him came in early 2014 which made him the first Bulgarian to have wrestled for WWE. Since then, Rusev has earned a lot of recognition and success through his performances in various storylines. As for his personal life, Rusev is engaged to Catherine Perry who as well performs for WWE under the ring name of Lana.
Rusev Biceps Size Height Weight Body Measurements
|Real Name||Miroslav Barnyashev|
|Nickname||The Bulgarian Brute|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Billed Height||in centimeters- 183 cm|
in meters- 1.83 m
in Feet-Inches- 6’
|Real Height||in centimeters- 178 cm|
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet-Inches- 5′ 10”
|Weight||in Kilograms- 135 kg|
in Pounds- 298 lbs
|Body Measurements||– Chest: 51 Inches|
– Waist: 38 Inches
– Biceps: 20 Inches
|Eye Colour||Light Brown|
|WWE Debut||NXT: 30 May 2013|
WWE (Main Roster): 26 January 2014 (At Royal Rumble)
|Slam/Finishing move||Savate Kick/Super Kick|
|Achievements (Main ones)||• WWE United States Championship (2 time)|
• Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Most Improved Wrestler of the year in 2014
• Ranked No. 8 among the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2015
|Date of Birth||25 December 1985|
|Age (as in 2018)||33 Years|
|Birth Place||Plovdiv, Plovdiv, People’s Republic of Bulgaria|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Capricorn|
|Hometown||Plovdiv, Plovdiv, People’s Republic of Bulgaria|
|Educational Qualifications||Not Known|
|Family||Mother– Slavka Barnyasheva|
Father– Name Not Known
Brother– Name Not Known
|Controversies||At WWE, Rusev plays the character of a Bulgarian/Russian national, who has a lot of hatred for America and its citizens. Time and again, Rusev has delivered promos in which he is seen insulting the American Flag, thus in turn hurting the sentiments of the country’s citizens.|
|Favourite Football Club||Real Madrid|
|Girls, Family & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Catherine Joy Perry AKA Lana, Rusev’s Manager in WWE|
|Wife||Catherine Joy Perry AKA Lana (Married 2016)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rusev
- Does Rusev smoke: Not Known
- Does Rusev drink alcohol: Yes
- Rusev attended a sports school while growing up; he is a hardcore soccer fan.
- Rusev began his professional wrestling career when he became a trainee at the Knokx Wrestling Valley, where he was trained by none other than WWE Attitude Era superstars Rikishi and Gangrel.
- Rusev is the first Bulgarian to have wrestled for the WWE.
- Rusev was signed by the WWE in 2011, and was assigned to the Florida Championship Wrestling (now NXT) for his development/training period. While wrestling in a match at FCW, Rusev suffered a broken neck which paralyzed his left arm temporarily. Rusev then travelled to Thailand for his rehabilitation, where he also studied the martial art- Muay Thai.
- Interestingly, Rusev’s manager and wife, Lana, who portrays a Russian woman on WWE TV, is an American in reality.
- Rusev held the United States Championship for a period of 146 days, before losing it to John Cena at Wrestlemania 31.