Rusev Reflects On His Journey To WWE, Talks Learning How To Counter AJ Styles’ Moves

Rusev is preparing for the biggest match thus far in his career with the WWE.

The SmackDown Live star is slated to challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Title at the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view event on Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the PPG Paints Arena that will air on the WWE Network.

In an interview with Planeta Wrestling, Rusev brought up that he’s learning how to counter the move set of Styles while preparing for this match at Extreme Rules. He noted that he has his own training setup to find those little things and finding every transition or reversals for every move that Styles has so he can be ready for it.

Rusev also talked about his journey to the WWE and noted that it all started as a dream when he was watching as a kid and seeing Hulk Hogan and other stars on television. He noted that he always wanted to be a wrestler but didn’t know how to do it.

“So when I was twenty I went to The [United] States and started working different jobs. Finally found a school and signed up. It was something that I loved and I never thought about actually going to the WWE I just loved to wrestle because I wanted to wrestle. I was doing that for about two years or three years, whatever it was. I had two or three jobs at the same time just I could afford myself and pay rent and school.”

Rusev continued by stating that he had a tryout with WWE and got signed right away. He continued by stating that he could have never thought that somebody like him from the small country of Bulgaria could make it in WWE.

H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcribed quotes.