Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Rusev replaced by Chris Jericho

The Undertaker is in for Greatest Royal Rumble Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho (Casket Match) | WWE
Rosie Leonard | 15 April, 2018, 01:07

Originally, the casket match was supposed to feature Rusev, not Y2J.

As of Thursday (April 12) this week, the former WWE world heavyweight champion had not yet agreed to terms on a new contract with WWE, but both sides are said to still be in negotiations for a deal.

A day after Rusev was scheduled to face The Undertaker in a casket match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event, WWE announced Chris Jericho will replace the Bulgarian Brute and go on to face The Deadman.

WWE.com reported on Wednesday the storyline reason for the change was Rusev's wife Lana publicly campaigning on Twitter for Rusev to be pulled from the match as she anxious for his safety. The object of a Casket match is for a WWE Superstar to trap their opponent inside the casket and close the lid.

Alvarez also noted that Rusev is not quitting, leaving, or getting fired by WWE.

When asked if Undertaker was past his prime, "The Bulgarian Brute" responded, "Just a little bit". Originally, Chris Jericho was advertised for the 50-Man Royal Rumble Match but has since been removed from the list of confirmed participants.

It's been a odd couple of months for The Bulgarian Brute, as the rise of popularity of Rusev Day, whether it be through fans chanting 'Rusev Day!' or through rising merchandise sales, hasn't really transitioned into success in the ring.

He tweeted: "I beat #TheUndertaker for @wwe title before".

"The Greatest Royal Rumble" event just got a huge shakeup, as WWE announced on Wednesday it was changing up one of its top matches involving the Undertaker.

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