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post #41 of 113 (permalink) Old 11-06-2016, 08:40 PM
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Re: WWE Is Considering Turning Rusev Face

As far as I'm concerned, he's been face ever since he started feuding with Roman. All he's been doing is defending his wife and his family's honor.
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Re: WWE Is Considering Turning Rusev Face

Two things make this a successful idea:

- The crowd love Lana
- Rusev is charismatic and witty

The key topic to avoid at first would be nationalism.

He doesn't suddenly love "American pigs". He loves his wife and he's an honourable husband. That's how you turn him, then once he's been accepted by the crowd he can start saying 'You know, this place ain't so bad...". He gets the money, he gets the power, he's got the girl - they could re-watch Scarface (or Razor...) for ideas on how to make this cool. Lana is a major asset to his character.

I'm behind the idea.
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He was the face in the feud with Dolph, he was face in the feud with Roman.
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Re: WWE Is Considering Turning Rusev Face

Hey I'm down if his booked like Sheamus was when he first turned on henry. as a badass but still keeps his sense of humor
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He has the ceiling of a Rikishi as a face which is still pretty damn good. I just don't have any faith in them booking stronger than that.
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Re: WWE Is Considering Turning Rusev Face

Turning him face... and starts off getting squashed by Lesnar?

Eh, I just don't think WWE can do it. They'll make him a low card comedy jobber in no time.

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Re: WWE Is Considering Turning Rusev Face

The fans will love Rusev as a face since they have been cheering for him lately and it would be good for him. He is that charismatic already and is decent on the mic. The fans did cheer for Lana the last time she was face too so it is a win for the both of them. Just don't have them start loving America at front first. Save that later in his face run. And hopefully this will get him to be a main eventer like he should already have been. I can't wait to hear Lana say to Rusev. CRUSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! So all of the heels will feel the wrath of Rusev.



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post #48 of 113 (permalink) Old 11-06-2016, 10:50 PM
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I could live with a series of vignettes with Rusev and Lana showing them enjoying typical American things and loving the country. Portray him as a man proclaiming America as a land of opportunity, and put a belt on him and he can be a "man of opportunity" and put out an open challenge.
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Re: WWE Is Considering Turning Rusev Face

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I could live with a series of vignettes with Rusev and Lana showing them enjoying typical American things and loving the country. Portray him as a man proclaiming America as a land of opportunity, and put a belt on him and he can be a "man of opportunity" and put out an open challenge.
"I love America" gimmick sounds terrible. Something you do for cheap pops. What Rusev needs is a comedy gimmick like a New Day. It will deffo get him over with the fans.
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"I love America" gimmick sounds terrible. Something you do for cheap pops. What Rusev needs is a comedy gimmick like a New Day. It will deffo get him over with the fans.
True, but even if cheap, those pops will quickly get his character change over with the fans. He has to completely denounce his old ways. He won't work as a face that hates America. but loves his wife and does funny things so it's ok.

He doesn't have to be Jack Swagger or anything, but he has to prove why he'd change his stance on America to make it believable. After he's established as pro-America, then he can be more of pure face.
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