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UPDATEDx2: Rusev Rumored to Have ‘Backed Out’ of WWE Super ShowDown Match

February 25, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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UPDATE 2: During today’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer commented on the Rusev and WWE Super ShowDown situation. According to Meltzer, the story going on within WWE is that Rusev has an “injury.” However, Meltzer claims that Rusev “backed out of the show, essentially.”

As noted below, last night’s Raw still featured a graphic for the match with Rusev in it, despite Rusev already being out of the match and Rey Mysterio now taking his place.

UPDATE: A new report has details on why Rey Mysterio is replacing Rusev in the Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match at WWE Super ShowDown. PWInsider now reports that Rusev is citing a back injury, leading to him being pulled from the show. They initially reported that WWE decided to pull Rusev from the show because the two sides remain in a contract dispute.

ORIGINAL: It appears as if Rusev will not be in the Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match at WWE Super ShowDown as expected, with Rey Mysterio taking his place. WWE originally announced Rusev for the Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match, but the company advertised the match on Raw and while Rusev was still on the graphic, Rey Mysterio was mentioned in his place. Mysterio is also listed in WWE’s post to Twitter instead of Rusev as you can see below.

Further, WWE.com’s page for the match shows Rusev in the graphic and mentions him in the write-up. However, the main page for Super ShowDown is showing a graphic with Rey Mysterio in Rusev’s place.

If WWE doesn’t clarify before then, we’ll know for sure on Thursday when Super ShowDown takes place from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We’ll have live coverage here on 411.