Last night at WWE Payback, Rusev came up short in the “I Quit” match against John Cena for the United States Championship after Lana told the referee to stop the match. In the closing moments of the match, Cena had Rusev in the STF, and Rusev was screaming something in Bulgarian, and WWE is going with the idea that Rusev was screaming “I QUIT!” in Bulgarian, and that Lana translated it to the referee, forcing him to stop the match.
Tonight’s RAW was the follow-up to the WWE Payback pay-per-view, and it was promised that Rusev would offer his thoughts on how his match with John Cena ended, and, as everybody expected, he was not pleased — and ended up blaming Lana for it, which led to him dumping her.
Later in the show, Lana aligned with another WWE superstar, who turned out to be none other than Dolph Ziggler. After Ziggler’s match with Stardust, Lana came to the ring and kissed Ziggler twice. During the segment, Ziggler was looking around, waiting for Rusev to attack him, and, eventually, he did.
After Rusev’s attack on Ziggler, Lana slapped Rusev, which got a huge reaction from the live crowd, which was followed by Ziggler laying Rusev out with the Zig-Zag.
Earlier in the show, the participants for the Intercontinental Championship match at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view were announced, and they are Sheamus, Ryback, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler, Bad News Barrett, and Rusev, and it’s extremely likely that Rusev could end up being the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
It does appear that Rusev and Lana will no longer be together, but what happened tonight wasn’t the original breakup plan. F4WOnline’s Bryan Alvarez reported that the split was supposed to take place at last night’s WWE Payback, and the plan was for Lana to distract Rusev by removing her shirt, and reveal that she was wearing an American flag style bikini top, which would distract Rusev, and allow John Cena to get the upper-hand in the match. But, Vince McMahon ended up changing his mind, and the reason was that he doesn’t want Lana removing any of her clothing until she’s a full-fledged babyface.
For now, Rusev and Lana are broken up — but, as we’ve seen recently with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, when breakups don’t work, they just put the two back together, which could very well happen with Lana and Rusev.
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