Tuesday, April 22, 2014

He's a Brute

Lana and Alexander Rusev
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Wrestlemania is often viewed as the season finale for the WWE and that following Raw on Monday night is the season premiere. We see new talents debuting and the development of new story lines.  This year has been no different.  With all the talent on NXT, I think the WWE has hit a home run with Alexander Rusev.

I saw a little bit of his work on NXT and his inclusion in the Royal Rumble.  I'll admit at first, I wasn't crazy about him being in the big match, but he certainly got my attention that and I watched him more closely on NXT.  Since debuting on Raw two weeks ago, he's been unstoppable.  I love the way the WWE is using him right now.  

Rusev vs. R-Truth
Photo courtesy: WWE 
Rusev is built like a tank and is unbelievably strong.  He's running through the guys like Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, and R Truth.  His finisher, the Camel Clutch, is a throwback to the good ol' days, and so far has been unbreakable.  I hope they continue this path with him, and don't make the same mistakes they made in 2012 with Ryback, too much too soon.  I think pairing him with Lana is perfect too, as the two have the potential to be major players.  I think in the coming months we'll end up with Rusev showing his dominance over big guys like The Great Khali and Mark Henry.  

Rusev & Lana at the end of the table
Photo courtesy: My 1-2-3 Cents
Rusev is just one of the talents that is getting some love on the main stage.  Paige is now the Divas Champion after making her debut on Raw. Emma just came up too, and Bo Dallas and Adam Rose are waiting in the wings.  I'm excited for the future of the WWE.  The men and women making their way up the card should be main event players within the company down the road.  

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