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Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020: Former WWE Superstar Miro (Rusev) announced for panel

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Miroslav ‘Miro’ Barnyashev, aka former WWE superstar Rusev, will participate in a ‘Professional Athletes of Anime Panel’ at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 on Friday, September 2.

It’s Miro Day at Virtual Crunchy Roll Expo 2020 (V-CRX)! Pro wrestling superstar Miroslav ‘Miro’ Barnyashev will join North Carolina Tar Heel basketball star Cole Anthony, and USA Track & Field Gold Medalist Aries Merritt to discuss the role Anime has played in their lives & careers.

IGN’s Jacki King will host the event emanating from V-CRX’s Hime Stage at 2:45 – 3:45 pm Pacific Time (5:45- 6:45 pm Eastern Time) on Friday, September 2.

You can get a free badge to Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 by simply registering at this link.

Miro has previously cited Akira as the anime that got him into the scene after watching a copy of the film from his parent’s video store. During an interview with Crunchyroll, the former Rusev revealed Fullmetal Alchemist ‘deepened his love for brotherhood’ and that he believes ‘you shouldn’t give up on an anime after watching 1 episode.’

Miro - Miroslav 'Miro' Barnyashev (Former WWE Superstar Rusev) on Anime - Art Credit: Crunchyroll

Miroslav ‘Miro’ Barnyashev (Former WWE Superstar Rusev) on Anime – Art Credit: Crunchyroll

Much like AEW Superstar Kenny Omega, Miro is a big fan of My Hero Academia, naming All Might as his favorite character. Miro believes Death Note’s Light Yagami to be anime’s greatest villain.

About Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020:


Virtual Crunchyroll Expo is a digital take on Crunchyroll’s yearly flagship convention that brings together the anime community to celebrate the best and brightest in Japanese animation. The event will be streaming from September 4-6 only on crunchyrollexpo.com.com.


Panels will be available to stream live in the Theater District at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, and will be uploaded to the V-CRX On-Demand section periodically throughout the weekend to ensure fans can catch up on any of the action they might have missed.


Virtual Crunchyroll Expo will have a series of districts available for fan enjoyment: the Theater District will house panels, premieres, and screenings; the Super Arcade will house fan activations and activities (including the “Onyx Equinox” scavenger hunt, MAPPA gallery tour, and Yuzu’s Cat Cafe, among others); the Anime Arts District will be home to the V-CRX artist alley, and the Central Shopping District will house the exhibitor hall.


International registration for V-CRX is open at crunchyrollexpo.com. The global anime community is encouraged to sign up for a free pass for this year’s event to catch all the action, announcements, guest panels, and more.

Follow Miro on Twitter (@ToBeMiro, Instagram (@tobemiro, and Twitch (@mirotwch)!

– The Natural Aristocrat® recently reported that One Piece voice actor (Franky) Patrick Seitz will also be a Featured Guest at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020.

– Be sure to read The Natural Aristocrat®’s exclusive interviews with Shannon Chan-Kent on voicing Death Note’s Misa Amane, Luci Christian on voicing My Hero Academia’s Ochako Uraraka, and Christopher Wehkamp on Voice Acting!

Check out The Natural Aristocrat®’s take on My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising villain ‘Nine’ stealing the film!

Trying to figure out which premium Anime streaming service has your favorite dubbed Anime series available? Visit The Natural Aristocrat®’s comparison table at VRV vs Funimation vs Hulu vs Crunchyroll vs HIDIVE vs Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs HBO Max: Anime Dub Master List! The table is always being updated for more dubbed titles and accuracy.

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