CJ Perry, formerly known as Lana in WWE, gave her thoughts on WWE having a “double standard” when it comes to their treatment of women working for them.
Since her release from WWE, CJ Perry – formerly known as Lana – hasn’t minced words when it comes to valid criticism of her former employer. She’s been outspoken about a toxic work environment that had a detrimental effect on her mental health, and she’s also said in the past that WWE culture made it feel like men were more important than women.
Now, in an exclusive interview with Liam Alexander-Stewart of Inside the Ropes, the former Lana questioned why WWE was so quick to judge Sasha Banks and Naomi when they famously walked out of Raw following creative disputes but didn’t give the same treatment to Brock Lesnar for walking out of SmackDown when Vince McMahon retired amidst an investigation into alleged misconduct and hush money payments.
“Yeah, I mean, I think it’s a good question. You know, it’s really interesting now that Brock just walked out last week and so my question is, what’s the difference between Brock walking out and Sasha and Naomi walking out? You know why weren’t the commentators asking, was Brock unprofessional? You know? Was Brock frozen in limbo? No. He’s actually going to main event, one of the biggest pay per views of the year.
“So I think, again, that this controversy goes much bigger than just a Vince McMahon conversation and it goes to like, is there double standard in wrestling still?. We see it in Hollywood. There’s been big Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, when they took a stand and go, ‘Hey, we’re not going to work for less than these men.’ Charlize Theron shouldn’t be working less than Chris Hemsworth anyway. You know, good thing she stood up and said, ‘Hey, I want equality.’
“It’s just like to me, I’m like there’s just a double standard between how what men can do, what men get away, with the men’s pay and the women and I don’t think that’s cool. You know, they dragged them through the mud. I understand that probably Vince was offended by what they did. But at the end of the day, it just it was real petty, you know?
“And I got my girls back, like Sasha and Naomi. I just think that there needs to be a change in wrestling, you see? Sure. There’s a long list of stuff. Misconduct with other people, other men in that business that are high up on the on the on the whole. What about that?”
CJ Perry FKA Lana is set to make her first appearance alongside real life husband and AEW Superstar Miro since their WWE releases at Starrcast in Nashville. Visit Starrcast.com for more information!
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