Lana has revealed that she and several others filmed what was supposed to be Chelsea Green’s main roster debut only to find the segment relegated to the cutting room floor.
The former ‘Ravishing Russian’ Lana had become a main player in the women’s wrestling scene in WWE before her surprising release on June 2nd, 2021. Towards the end of her WWE career, Lana found herself teaming with Naomi with the pair being part of the Tag Team Turmoil match at WrestleMania 37. Prior to that, however, Lana had formed an on-screen alliance with WWE stalwart Natalya.
Speaking to Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Lana discussed she and Natalya being involved in a segment that would have introduced the wider WWE audience to a debuting Chelsea Green. However, one man decided that the segment should be cut entirely, and unfortunately for all concerned, it was the one man who really matters in WWE.
“We were supposed to do A RAW and a SmackDown on Mondays. Then on the following day a RAW and a SmackDown after. One time I was there for 19 hours to do a 60 second backstage. I’m not even kidding it was insane. Just so many rewrites. One time me and Nattie did this segment with Mickie James and they debut Chelsea [Green].”
“So Nattie and I are at the Performance Center, I was managing her, Chelsea was supposed to debut with Mickie and we did it all. We went home and I’m in bed and we get a call from one of the writers that they are cutting it. Vince [McMahon] looked at it and said ‘No, cut the whole thing.’ And we had to go back and film another backstage. Chelsea didn’t debut, it was constantly weird stuff like that. Once we went to live television I was like ‘Yay, we can’t rethink it, it’s out there.'”
Despite being with WWE for three years, Chelsea Green only competed in less than a dozen televised matches for WWE, with one occurring on RAW and one on SmackDown. The SmackDown match was Green’s last in the company after she suffered a broken wrist and five months later was released from her WWE contract.