Most professional wrestler struggle financially after they retire. They are also forced to deal with various health issues that arise after wrestling for many years. Most professional wrestlers cannot afford getting surgery after surgery to repair the damage.
That usually leaves them crippled. Rusev is a smart professional wrestler and he stated on The Sun that he looks after himself and wishes to live a long and healthy life. This is what he said after he was asked about the criticism that he received for the storyline that involves him, Lana and Bobby Lashley.
"My goal is to be healthy, that's my first-and-foremost," he said. "It doesn't matter about storylines or things like that. One day you ride a tank but the next day, you do nothing but main event dark matches so it's a big wave, you just gotta ride the wave and do the best with anything that is given to you.
You gotta enjoy everything you do, and you gotta control what you can control because some things you can't, and there's no point being mad so whatever I can control, I do, and if not, I'm just having a blast with it."
Rusev was one of the most used heels during his early years in the WWE. He is no longer as popular as he used to be, but he and Lana have their huge set of fans. That is the reason why the WWE still uses them regularly.