Rusev aka Miro
Last, but certainly not least, there’s the true dark horse in the form of 3-time WWE United States Champion Rusev. Nearly a decade after signing his initial developmental contract with the company, Rusev found himself unceremoniously released back in April when WWE chose to cut ties with dozens of talents in the midst of a global pandemic.
Since his departure, Rusev has taken to calling himself Miro (a shortened form of his real first name Miroslav) on Twitter and Twitch. While he seemingly “retired” by proclaiming himself “not a wrestler anymore” during a Twitch stream in July, any longtime fan knows to never say never and that retirement is never truly permanent.
While he saw success at times in WWE, the company seemed convinced to resist cashing in on his growing popularity with anything more than a mid-card championship and a temporary presence in the main event scene. While AEW has run the risk of leaning too heavily on wrestlers that used to be a part of WWE, few would be unhappy with the arrival of Miro.
On top of that, there may be no better way to make an immediate impact than by earning a shot at the AEW World Championship in your AEW debut. Brian Cage proved that when he dominated the Casino Ladder Match at AEW Double or Nothing 2020. Should Miro secure a shocking victory, he could be a perfect foil to MJF should the young heel defeat Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship this Saturday at AEW All Out 2020.