Miroslav Barnyashev, better known to WWE fans as Rusev, has confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19. Rusev, who was released in April along with dozens of co-workers who were laid or furloughed by WWE, revealed the news on a gaming live stream as captured by Fightful. Rusev posted a video to YouTube talking about the diagnosis.
Rusev is married to Lana, who has continued working for WWE. Both of Lana's parents have also tested positive for COVID-19, as Lana discussed on social media. Lana has also been absent from WWE for the past few weeks, along with many other superstars following an outbreak of COVID-19 in the company which is reported to affect 30 or more people. In the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter released on Friday, Dave Meltzer named the Superstars who haven't been back to the WWE Performance center since the outbreak began.
WWE has not said anything, either in memos to talent, or the media, about its outbreak. Based on different reports, anywhere from 30 or more individuals with the company have tested positive, although the only names released officially are Young, who did so on her own, Kayla Braxton, and producers James Gibson (Jamie Noble) and Adam Pearce.
The list of talent that hasn't been at the Performance Center since the outbreak includes Dana Brooke, Carmella, Naomi, The Street Profits, Velveteen Dream, Austin Theory, Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Natalya, Nia Jax, Otis, Tucker, Mojo Rawley, Shorty G, Raquel Gonzalez, Sheamus and Sonya Deville.
It's notable that Lana, Dana Brooke, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, and Liv Morgan were all spotted together at a yacht party a few weeks ago, none of them wearing masks. However, Brooke did return to television for Friday Night Smackdown the same day the newsletter came out, competing in a Karaoke Showdown. Bleeding Cool can only wish speedy recoveries to anyone in WWE who might be suffering from COVID-19.