It was announced during the Superstar Shake-Up after WrestleMania 33 that Rusev would be heading to the blue brand. Rusev, himself, later appeared in a video on SmackDown Live teasing his return but it never came to fruition.
With Lana now being pushed in singles action, it will be interesting to see how Rusev’s character evolved without her (assuming they’re split up on TV).
The heart of the matter
Cageside Seats is suggesting that Rusev could be scheduled to return to SmackDown Live as soon as this Tuesday. Rumours suggest that Rusev could return as part of the special Independence Day Battle Royal planned for the 4th of July episode of SmackDown.
The show will also feature the return of John Cena, and there were reports earlier that Rusev could feud with Cena in the coming months.