In a new interview with talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, Lana has revealed how she wouldn’t be where she is right now if it wasn’t for former WWE RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
Lana began to make the transition from manager to wrestler back in 2016, but she has taken a much more high profile in recent months. It has been well documented how Lana has been training with Natalya and TJ Wilson in an effort to improve her in-ring skills and fans are now beginning to see the rewards.
Now, speaking ahead of WWE Elimination Chamber, Lana has spoken about the influence Becky Lynch has had on her career, explaining that she has “learned so much” from The Man.
“Becky has helped me a lot. That would be someone that probably people don’t know about because of characters, storylines etc. But man, I have learned so much from Becky!
“I think partly, before The Man started, at live events she would be in the match and taking heat and I would be learning from her. She was so tough on me. But man, if she wasn’t tough, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.
“She was so tough [laughs] she would always be like ‘toughen up!’ and this and that.”
The former “Ravishing Russian” detailed how the pair’s relationship has changed, revealing how she regularly gets texts from Lynch saying how proud she is of her friend.
“And now, I get texts from her saying ‘I’m so proud of you.’ She texts me every single week.”
Lana went on to lift the lid on how she went to Lynch at the start of the pandemic when she was feeing discouraged and how Lynch encouraged her to not give up. She added that the Irishwoman’s words had helped her a lot, even getting emotional retelling the story.
I’m so thankful for that because when this whole pandemic started, I remember being so discouraged and I remember her telling me ‘you’re so strong. You’re such a strong woman. Now you’ve got to be who you are. Keep on carrying this, keep working hard, harder than anyone else so we can bring the people back that we love so much’ – and I remember those words [begins to cry].
“I’m sorry. I just remember when she was like ‘you’ve got to be the strong woman that you are’ – those words helped me not to give up, you know?
“Hearing Becky say that about me. Every single day I start my morning like ‘I’m strong, I’m resilient I’m durable – I’m going to keep going.’
“I just think it’s so important the words that we use to people and that’s such a great example of Becky giving me hope. Her texts and guidance every single week is just… I’m so thankful.”
Becky Lynch has not appeared on WWE television since May 2020, when she gave up the WWE RAW Women’s Championship ahead of taking time off for the birth of her daughter Roux. Meanwhile, Lana was last seen in action on the 15th February episode of RAW in a losing effort against Shayna Baszler.