Rusev himself drew attention for a tweet he put out while waiting to leave, in which he asked for "all the prayers".
Rusev clarified that tweet in the interview, saying, "The frustration just grew by each hour and me asking for prayers is nothing new. My father is a pastor, I'm a believer in God, Jesus Christ, our saviour, so I always ask for prayers just because I wanted to go home, not because we were held hostage.
"I don't think anyone in their rightful mind is going to hold 170 people, American citizens, hostage, I don't think that'll reflect well anywhere."
Rusev also added that he would gladly return to the country, saying, "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."