Long-Absent WWE Superstar Returns On Raw (SHOW SPOILERS)

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That Maria Kanellis "Gender Reveal Party" that was announced earlier today was more than just another way to humiliate the perpetually-whipped Mike Kanellis - it was a way to bring back a wrestler that has been absent for months.

After revealing that the baby was a boy, Maria told her husband that Ricochet was the real father. This led to a match between Ricochet and Kanellis (er, Mike), which ended in a quick squash win for Ricochet.

Afterward, Maria confessed that she had lied about Ricochet being the father, and just wanted to motivate her husband to fight for her honor.

Then she introduced the *real* father: Rusev.

Rusev (now down to just a mustache) hit the ring, stomped Mike Kanellis into oblivion, and won his own quick squash with the Accolade.

This was Rusev's first match since helping fill out the 50 man battle royal at Super Show-Down on June 7 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Previously, he'd last wrestled in mid-May, during WWE's European tour.

His last televised match prior to Jeddah came on April 16, when he, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Cesaro lost a six-man tag to Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Kevin Owens on SmackDown.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.