The All Elite Wrestling boss has weighed in on Miro’s past (Photo: AEW)
AEW owner Tony Khan has claimed WWE treated Miro ‘like s**t’ during his time with the company.
The US businessman – who also owns Fulham FC – has defended his slow and steady approach with introducing the wrestling star to his own audience, and insisted he had to rebuild the character after his time as Rusev in Vince McMahon’s promotion.
Speaking to media including ComicBook.com during a Q&A call this week, he said: ‘I’m just kind of rebuilding him, to be honest with you. I thought he got beat up so badly [in WWE].
‘I saw some jackass on Twitter was like, “This guy drove a tank at WrestleMania and now he’s doing this”, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, and then he got kicked in the nuts and they treated him like s**t for years.
‘He drove a tank out five years ago. That’s not the guy I signed. The guy I signed had been abused for years. And he’s being rebuilt.’
Before his WWE release earlier this year, his character Rusev was embroiled in a divisive love triangle storyline with his real-life wife Lana, and Bobby Lashley.
All Elite Wrestling boss Tony has taken his time with Miro, despite some fans wanting the talented star to be sent right to the main event.
He added: ‘He’s got to build up and build story, but he’s working with some of the top people in AEW, some of the people I regard as the top people — with the Best Friends and now Orange Cassidy in the story.
‘And so, we have great stuff going on the top of the card and I just couldn’t cast everybody aside. Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho and MJF, Cody and Darby [Allin], Ricky Starks and Brian Cage. We have Will Hobbs moving up now, Hangman [Page].
‘There’s so many great things going on in AEW, and Miro is now going to be a huge part of AEW, too, but, just like everyone else, he has to win matches and get involved in stories.’