Rusev revealed on the latest edition of WWE Ride Along why the decision was made to pull him initally from The Greatest Royal Rumble casket match with the Undertaker. The following is the exchange he had with Aiden English.
Rusev: “Remember when Vince saw me – I’m gonna face The Undertaker and I laughed at him?”
English: “You just laughed in the chairman’s face [for] one of the biggest matches of your career.”
Rusev: “And what I get for it? I got pulled out. And then the Prince called. ‘you told me Rusev Day is coming to town baby.'”
Rusev was only added back to the match at the request of the Prince of Saudi Arabia.