Rusev made his WWE return on Raw last night in fairly interesting fashion… as the father of Maria Kanellis’ baby.
It was reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet that Rusev was kept hidden backstage both before and during the show so even those backstage didn’t know he was set to return.
It was reported prior to the show that WWE had kept at least one aspect of the rundown was kept a secret:
Heard from 2 people backstage in Knoxville at RAW that tonight’s show should be the best episode in months. And, at least 1 element of the rundown is being kept secret. ?
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) September 16, 2019
Mike Johnson of PWInsider also revealed that the Bulgarian drove from his home in Nashville to the show in Knoxville to conceal the fact he was going to be there.
Prior to his win over Kanellis last night, Rusev competed in the 51-man Battle Royal at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia in June, but prior to that last competed on the April 16 SmackDown before his absence.