Rusev returned on the September 16 episode of Raw, where he quickly defeated Mike Kanellis. On the September 30 episode of Raw, Rusev came to the aid of Seth Rollins, after being attacked by Randy Orton and King Corbin, and was subsequently made as the second person on Team Hogan for Crown Jewel.
Later that night, interviewer Charly Caruso asked Rusev where Lana was, but he gave no response. He then challenged Rollins for a Universal Championship match. The match ended in a no-contest when Bobby Lashley returned and called someone out, who was revealed to be Lana.
The two would then make out and Rusev was forced to watch them. As part of the 2019 draft, Rusev was drafted to Raw. At Crown Jewel, Team Hogan defeated Team Flair as Roman Reigns pinned Randy Orton. During a long interview with The Sun, he discussed returning to Saudi Arabia: “I make a lot of money, I will definitely go back.
I love it, I love every single trip that we do there, I love how we break barriers with women wrestling there and Lana being able to go. I think it’s a great victory for the company, not just for that, but to open new doors and new opportunities to develop further, it’s just amazing. It’s a great opportunity for us to be ambassadors for entertainers”.