What happened to Miro? The AEW has not been seen in months, and nobody has heard anything about his absence – until now!
When Miro signed for AEW, there was huge things expected from the Bulgarian. He left WWE under a cloud, being ignored by the company after getting over on his own and being one of the most popular men in the company.
His “Rusev Day” gimmick started off slow but got over huge, with entire arenas chanting for Rusev Day on a nightly basis. In this partnership, he became a big star, although WWE refused to push him as a main eventer.
Miro was released during the pandemic and soon signed for AEW. His career started off poorly with a poorly thought out “gamer” gimmick, but he soon renounced that and became “The Redeemer” – a religious gimmick where he commits acts of violence to spite his god.
This was the gimmick he needed. Miro ran roughshod through the AEW roster, soon winning the TNT Championship from Darby Allin and become a weekly highlight of the show. He was a legitimate monster on a smaller AEW roster, which did wonders for his character.
However, he stopped appearing on TV soon after losing his championship to Sammy Guevara. He has not been a regular on the show for close to a year, and has not appeared at all since the summer of 2022.
Fans are wondering where Miro is, and why The Redeemer has not been on AEW TV for quite some time now. In this article, we’ll attempt to answer these questions.
We’ll also look at Miro’s last match in AEW and when, if at all, he will be back inside an AEW ring again.
Where is Miro?
You may be wondering “where is Miro” in AEW, and you’d be justified in asking that. The Bulgarian Brute has only wrestled four matches for AEW since the beginning of 2022, and his absence is very conspicuous.
Miro’s last match in AEW was at All Out 2022, on September 4th, 2022. In a high profile fight, he teamed with Sting and Darby Allin to take on The House of Black (Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews and Brody King).
Miro helped his team win the bout, but has not wrestled since. There has been nothing announced by AEW, and his absence went a bit under the radar. This was due to the CM Punk controversy after the event, which took all the focus away from the Bulgarian.
He has admitted wanting to leave the company once his contract expires in 2026, and has auditioned for many movie and TV roles over the years. It looks like his focus is away from wrestling, which explains why Miro has not been on AEW Dynamite this year so far.
However, it appears that the reason why Miro has not wrestled since All Out is due to creative simply not booking him on the show.
According to a report from Fightful, the 37-year-old is ready and waiting to return. However, no creative plans have been presented to him yet.
However, conflicting reports have claimed that he was supposed to be a part of the AEW Eliminator Tournament. The knockout tournament ended at Full Gear 2022, where Ricky Starks defeated Ethan Page to earn a shot at MJF’s AEW Championship.
Miro was meant to be included in the tournament, taking the top heel role from Ethan Page. However, he allegedly refused to take part and lose to Starks, culminating in his removal from the Eliminator Tournament.
If this is the case, you cannot blame Tony Khan. If a talent refuses to follow creative, then he has no choice but to remove him from TV. It is unknown if they have tried to bring him back since with other creative suggestions, but we will update this page if any new information comes to light.
Miro AEW Return
A Miro AEW return would be best for everybody, as it would help give the weekly show a shot in the arm.
A feud with Orange Cassidy over the TNT Championship would be a great one for The Redeemer. Miro defeated Cassidy in the semi-finals of the Eliminator Tournament in 2021, replacing Jon Moxley when he went to rehab for alcohol addiction.
The two battling over the AEW International Championship (replacing the All-Atlantic Title) would do wonders for the title, and give Cassidy somebody new to feud with, after months of bouts with Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett.
Did AEW Release Miro?
AEW have no released Miro from his contract, nor fired him from the company. Miro is still employed by AEW, with his contract expiring in 2026.
The former TNT Champion is still being paid his salary by AEW, despite not appearing for the company for an extended stretch of time.
AEW are unlikely to release Miro, unless he requests the termination of his contract. They have so far only released wrestlers who have broken terms of their deal (like Jimmy Havoc) or requested their release (like William Regal)
Who would you like to see Miro wrestle in his AEW return? Tell us down in the comments what you think, or click below to read about why Miro (Rusev) was fired by the WWE.
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.