Cain A. Knight
Miro was one of the biggest names released by WWE in April during the first round of COVID-19 related budget cuts.
Formerly known as Rusev in WWE, Miro appeared on Talk is Jericho and explained when he knew WWE was going to fire him. It’s because he was trying to protect his co-workers, per the transcript at Wrestling Inc:
“I got a text message the day of. It said, ‘Miro, we need to talk.’ I actually had the feeling, so I wanted to call [Mark] Carano. I was like, should I text him, but I was at the vet. It was like, okay, I’ll take care of the dogs first, and the next thing you know, I got a text message. ‘Hey, we need to talk.’ I knew right away. So I called him. He told me, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and I really lashed out for five minutes. I did lash out because there’s just so much. It was just much over the years.”
“I was getting some of the boys around because we were not okay about how everybody was treated in the pandemic situation. We felt scared to go to work, and once again, it was probably ten of us talking, somebody leaked it to the office. From us 10 people that were talking, somebody leaked it to the office and to the dirt sheets, and once that happened, I knew right away they’re gonna fire me because they’re going to blame it all on me of course because I’m the guy, but it doesn’t matter.”
“They fired me. I lashed out because I think we’re on the path of doing something good because I do want to protect the boys. We all wanted to protect the boys and the girls. That didn’t work out, and that’s why I felt like they cut me underneath because I was just so angry man.”
Miro had good reasons to be concerned about WWE’s safety protocols during the pandemic, considering they didn’t conduct a single COVID test until June. There was also a report in June about WWE being unhappy with Renee Young revealing her COVID-19 diagnosis. None of this means that Miro is right in implying he was fired because WWE isn’t concerned with protecting the health of the wrestlers, but it’s at least consistent with that approach.
Miro also explains to Jericho how his angle with Bobby Lashley and Lana was pitched to him as a potential WrestleMania main event, how WWE changed the finish to his final match on Raw, why Vince McMahon abruptly ended his storyline with Summer Rae, as well as the most bizarre group text ever with Undertaker, McMahon, and Jericho about a casket match in Saudi Arabia. So check out Talk is Jericho if you want to hear all those details.
What do you think about Miro’s best guess as to why he was fired by WWE?