Lana has addressed rumours that she is being punished by WWE for her husband Miro’s AEW debut and comments toward the company.
The Ravishing Russian was written off WWE television due to an attack by Nia Jax and Shayna Bazler following last week’s RAW. Initially scheduled to appear at TLC as Asuka’s tag team partner, Lana was removed from the event and replaced by a returning Charlotte Flair.
Speculation about Lana’s recent run of bad luck has often led fans to theorize that it may be, at least in part, due to her husband Miro leaving WWE in April – something we asked the man formerly known as Rusev all about in a recent interview. Miro would comment on the “brass ring” in his Dynamite debut.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the possibility that Miro’s harsh words toward the company may be the reason for Lana’s decline.
“Obviously this started as punishment, obviously and then somebody got the idea that it was funny and they kept doing it. Then the mentality was that she’s going to get over really big and then, you know, she didn’t, but that was their mentality. I was told about it all the way through.”
Lana debuted in WWE in 2013, alongside husband Miro (previously Rusev). The pair quickly became one of WWE’s hottest heels. Lana would often dedicate Rusev’s victories to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Famously, Lana led Rusev into Wrestlemania 31, flanked by Russian soldiers and a tank.
Despite Miro’s release from WWE and subsequent debut with AEW, Lana remained with the company and has become one of the leading characters of the women’s division. Last month on WWE Chronicle, Lana opened up about the struggles she has faced since Miro’s departure, and her battle with depression.
This week, Lana spoke with The New York Post regarding her recent storyline and how she is being treated on television. Despite the rumours circulating over her punishment, the ‘Ravishing Russian’ remains optimistic about her on screen persona:
“For me, to be having a storyline where I’m competing in the ring fighting, that is something I am very, very grateful for. There have been a lot of ups and downs in this story that have been hard pills to swallow, but I’ve been here for seven years and I have survived this business, all the steamrolls, and all the different crazy curve balls they have thrown here.”
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