Rusev On Why Vince McMahon Shortened His Name

WWE Smackdown Live Suerstar Rusev recently spoke to At Cafe. During the interview Rusev explained why Vince McMahon changed his name from Alexander Rusev to just Rusev.

“[WWE] gives you an option to submit names you like. And I was thinking about it. Then to make a joke with my friend Vasil, Vasil Rusev, who I used to share a rowing boat with, I chose Rusev. And I was Alexander Rusev with Alexander later being dropped. I liked Alexander because it sounded [mighty] and Bulgarian. But then it got dropped because Vince Mcmahon said ‘Ugh, Alexander, they’ll start calling you Alex as a nickname, and you have to be a Russian/Bulgarian villain. We’re dropping it’.”

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