Rusev is currently locked in a contract dispute with WWE, according to Dave Meltzer. There seems to be a legitimate chance he might go elsewhere.
While it has been reported WWE did not have anything creatively for Rusev, the dispute is why he has been held off television. The WWE superstar recently revealed on his social media he would be a free agent soon.
Rusev was originally scheduled to be an entrant in the Men’s Royal Rumble match, however, WWE announced he was removed due to a backstage brawl with Bobby Lashley. Rusev has not been on Raw since the episode on Jan. 20 when he tagged with Liv Morgan, losing to Lashley and Lana.
Based on what happened on Raw this week, it looks like WWE is moving on from Rusev/Lana/Lashley/Morgan as Morgan started a program with Ruby Riott.
Many believed Rusev was set to sign a new WWE contract but it looks like his departure could be possible. It is worth noting that Rusev recently changed his bio on Twitter from “soon to be a free agent” to “add a bio to your profile.”