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Miro On The Best Man Gimmick: I Wanted To Be A New Person, I Couldn’t Come In And Be Rusev

Before Miro was “The Redeemer”, the menacing powerhouse fans know and love today, he was “The Best Man” upon his arrival in AEW, and he recently looked back on this starkly different character.

The former Rusev was released by WWE in a wave of cuts in April 2020, and he later made his AEW debut in September of the same year. He was revealed as Kip Sabian’s best man in his upcoming wedding to Penelope Ford. Sporting bleached blond hair and wearing flashy outfits, this version of Miro was unlike any that fans had seen before.

During an appearance on The Sessions with Renee Paquette, he reflected on the ‘Best Man’ chapter of his career and noted that Tony Khan pitched him the spot of being the best man, and he was open to it because he wanted to play a new character. He recalled how he dyed his hair on a whim because his wife, CJ Perry, was doing it. As for his clothes, he noted that he wanted to look different.

“Tony Khan wanted, they called me with a spot to be The Best Man. I wanted to just be a new person. If this is what you want me to be, I can’t come and be Rusev, be like, ‘I’m gonna play video games and I’m gonna f——…,’ can’t do that. So I was like alright…”

Miro then went on to share that his blonde hair was a more spontaneous decision, but his apparel was a concentrated effort to stand out.

“I think CJ — the hair was just incidental. CJ was dying her hair or something, and she was like, ‘You wanna do it?’ I’m like, ‘Ah, why not?’ Then the clothes, I don’t know what happened with the clothes. I wanted to look cool. I just wanted to look just different. I think I did, but it’s a write-off. It’s for TV. But also, you gotta treat yourself sometimes.”

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