Rusev: The Accolade
The Iron Shiek. Muhammad Hassan. Rusev. What do all these wrestlers have in common? Not only have they all been saddled with a “foreign heel” gimmick, but they all have used the Camel Clutch as their finishing maneuver.
If you are supposed to be a foreign, anti-American villain, then having the Camel Clutch in your move set seems like a must, at least in the minds of WWE Creative. This is why Rusev had to adopt the move himself (calling it the Accolade).
While the Accolade isn’t too bad of a finisher, it has been done to death in the WWE and other promotions, which makes Rusev’s version of the move all-the-less special. Factor in the fact that there are many better-looking submissions being performed by other members of the current roster (such as A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura), and the Accolade just seems a bit lazy and boring.