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Miro comments on his decision to sign with AEW after WWE departure

Miro, real name Miroslav Barnyashev and formerly known as Rusev in WWE, did an interview with Sports Illustrated to discuss a wide range of topics.

This includes his decision to join AEW after departing from WWE earlier this year. He was brought in as the Best Man for Kip Sabian and Peneople Ford’s upcoming wedding.

“I came to America for an opportunity, the kind I wasn’t given in my country,” Barnyashev says. “That’s all I want in AEW. That opportunity. I love professional wrestling, and it has so much left to offer me. As soon as I got that call [from WWE], I immediately knew I wanted to go two places. The first one, I’m already here. The second, you’ll find out when the time is right.”

Miro continued by noting that everything in his life has led him to this moment and the chains are off.

“There isn’t anyone yelling at me, saying, ‘Don’t do this. Don’t sell shirts. Don’t smile. Don’t wave to people.’ All the doors that were closed are now open. My fan base knows I’m good.”

He stated that the fans have seen him perform at the highest level and he thinks he’s at that place now. He noted that there would never have been a Rusev Day or Miro in AEW without the fans. Now, he’s set on not allowing anything from stopping him to achieve his dream and he’s taking the fans along with him on this journey.

“AEW is beautiful. I can create something you’ve never seen before anywhere else in the world. Once I get the opportunity to debut, everyone will find out why the ‘Best Man’ is All Elite.”

Miro will compete in a singles match against an unknown opponent on Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite.

The AEW star also talked about his journey into the pro wrestling business, why he’s not bitter at WWE for releasing him, and more. Check out the full interview here. 


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