WWE released a video last month of Rusev, who has been out of action since mid-February after undergoing shoulder surgery, talking about not wrestling on SmackDown yet because he does not like SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan. He noted that the only way he would wrestle for them is if they give him a WWE Championship match at the Money in the Bank PPV event, which takes place on June 18th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Rusev recently posted a video announcing that he would be making his WWE TV return on next week’s episode of SmackDown Live in New Hampshire. He stated that had not received an answer to his demand but he will get one when he comes to SmackDown next week. The storyline is that if he does not get the championship match, then he will pack his bags and head back to Bulgaria. Rusev was traded to SmackDown Live in the Superstar Shakeup. His wife Lana is set to make her SmackDown debut as a singles star soon.
— Rusev The Ruler (@RusevBUL) May 9, 2017