Lana

Lana

Catherine Joy "CJ" Perry, famously known as Lana, is an American professional wrestler, professional wrestling manager, actress, dancer, model, and singer. Born into a wealthy Russian family in the posh neighbourhood consisting of ex-presidents, diplomats and other powerful political figures, Lana had built her career in music and acting before signing up with WWE in June 2013. Having signed up with the professional wrestling promotion WWE, she performed on the Raw brand under the ring name Lana.

Majoring in Foreign Affairs and Business and Social Media Marketing, Lana invested her knowledge and business acumen into Rusev. Following this, she made her debut in the 2014 Royal Rumble Match where Lana had impressively put The Bulgarian Brute on full display. Helping deliver their message of superiority to the WWE Universe, Lana not only teamed up with him but also accepted Rusev’s marriage proposal in 2015. While she’s occasionally mixed it up as an in-ring competitor on SmackDown LIVE, Lana has also been instrumental in leading Rusev to three United States Championships and twice teamed with her husband on Mixed Match Challenge.

However, everything changed in an instant in 2019, as Lana made her return to Raw alongside Bobby Lashley while locking lips with The All Mighty right in front of Rusev. Later, she divorced her husband and married Lashley, which led to an unforgettable series of brawls and matches between her former and current husbands.

Early Life

Born on 24 March 1985 in Gainesville, Florida, Perry was the eldest among the four siblings. Being a Portuguese and Venezuelan descent, Perry has spent several years of her childhood in the Latvian SSR, where her father worked as a Christian missionary. She and her family remained in Latvia after it restored its independence in 1991. From an early age, Perry aspired to become a ballet dancer like her mother and attended the Riga Choreography School (the ballet school of the Latvian National Opera) before she began dancing with the Latvian National Ballet at the age of 14.

The 17-years-old Perry returned to the U.S. where she initially lived in New York City, dancing at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Broadway Dance Center, and Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. Later, she enrolled at the Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida, majoring in dance and acting. While attending FSU, she began attending Florida State Seminoles football games with Jenn Sterger, cheering from the bleachers while dressed as cowgirls. Following the popularity of the FSU Cowgirls, Perry used the exposure into her modelling career and appeared in photoshoots in publications such as the RIDGID Tool Calendar and working as a spokes-model for the energy drinks Matrix and Red Bull. Upon graduating from FSU, she relocated to Los Angeles with the aim of working in show business.

Personal Life

Perry once dated actor and former American football player Isaiah Mustafa before she started dating the former WWE wrestler – Miroslav Barnyashev famously known as Rusev. She married Rusev on July 29, 2016, but divorced him later. She was supposed to marry Bobby Lashley in late December 2019 on Raw episode but was interrupted by her ex-husband Rusev who had beaten Lashley on a ceremonial day. However, on the next episode of Raw, on 6th January 2020, the couple completed the ceremony to become Mr and Mrs Bobby Lashley. Actor Rick Malone officiated the wedding.

Professional Wrestling Career

WWE

Managerial role (2013–2016)

Following her music and acting career, in June 2013 Perry revealed that she had been signed to WWE for their developmental branch NXT. She made her debut on the October 23, 2013, episode of NXT, under the ring name Lana, scouting Alexander Rusev. On the November 6 episode of NXT, Lana became Rusev's "social ambassador", using a Russian accent and developing a character that majored in Foreign Affairs and Business and Social Media Marketing in college.

On the 31st January episode of SmackDown, Lana made her main roster debut after which the couple (her and Rusev) appeared in a series of self-promotional videos and speeches in the next few weeks. By early May, Lana started dedicating Rusev's matches to her "hero", President of Russia Vladimir Putin, while adopting an anti-American, Russophilic gimmick.

During an in-ring promo before Rusev’s match at Battleground, Lana made some controversial comments where she blamed the United States for current world events while praising Putin. Even though she did not directly mention anything, some media outlets believed that Lana was referencing to the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that had happened three days before Battleground, in order to help build heat for Rusev in his feud against Jack Swagger. A representative of WWE later told TMZ that the segment was not specifically about the Malaysia Airlines crash, noting that the Rusev-Lana storyline "has been a part of WWE programming for more than three months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night's segment and was offended".

Following the November 3 episode of Raw, Rusev defeated Sheamus on WWE Network to win the United States Championship. At WrestleMania 31, Rusev lost the title to Cena after he accidentally crashed into Lana, knocking her off the ring apron. On May 17, at Payback, Cena defeated Rusev in an "I Quit" match after Lana quit on Rusev's behalf. The following night on Raw, Lana justified her actions by explaining that Rusev said he quit in Bulgarian, only for him to harshly dismiss her. Later that night, Lana turned face as she kissed Dolph Ziggler, officially ending their association. After Ziggler was injured by Rusev, he returned on the August 17 episode of Raw, aiding Lana during a confrontation with Rusev and Summer Rae.

Rae went on to "seduce" Ziggler in order to end his relationship with Lana, but the storyline ended quietly after WWE announced that Lana had injured her wrist while training. On October 11, TMZ reported that Lana had gotten engaged to Rusev, which Lana confirmed.

Lana made her return, once again as a villainess, on the November 30 episode of Raw, where she and Rusev referenced their engagement.

 

On the April 25, 2016 episode of Raw, Lana returned to managing Rusev. After being drafted to Raw as part of the 2016 WWE draft on July 19, Lana made her first appearance for the brand on August 1, where she accompanied Rusev. On August 8, Rusev's and Lana's wedding celebration was usurped by Roman Reigns, and one week later, on the August 15 episode of Raw, Rusev competed in a match for Lana's honour against Reigns but lost. In early 2017, Rusev suffered a legitimate shoulder injury, taking them off the television.

In-ring competition (2016–present)

On the February 29, 2016 episode of Raw, Lana confronted Brie Bella during a backstage segment, arguing that Bella's fans only supported her out of pity for having a "bad husband". On the March 14 episode of Raw, she distracted Brie during a tag team match against Team B.A.D. (Naomi and Tamina) that had her lose the game while aligning herself with Team BAD. On the March 22 episode of Main Event, she brought the returning Emma and Summer Rae to her guild. As a result, Lana faced off Bella in a tag team match at the WrestleMania 32 pre-show, in what would be Lana's in-ring debut, which her team (dubbed Team B.A.D. & Blonde) lost.

On April 11, 2017, Lana was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the Superstar Shake-up. As her hyped televised return aired, Lana resumed the in-ring competition under her new gimmick at NXT live events that same month. Lana made her return on the June 6 episode of SmackDown Live, in an unsuccessful attempt to compete in the impending women's Money in the Bank ladder match. Meanwhile, she also ignited a feud with SmackDown Women's Champion Naomi.

On June 18, Lana was defeated by Naomi in her first televised singles match at Money in the Bank after a distraction by Carmella. She went on to compete against Naomi two more times on the June 27 and July 4 episodes of SmackDown Live, being defeated both times in quick fashion. On July 23 at Battleground, Lana competed in a five-way elimination match to determine the number one contender for the SmackDown Women's Championship but was eliminated by Becky Lynch. At the Royal Rumble on January 28, 2018, Lana took part in the first-ever women's Royal Rumble match as the 13th entrant but was eliminated by Michelle McCool. Following this, Lana competed in the WWE Mixed Match Challenge, where she teamed with Rusev as the two defeated Elias and Bayley in the first round, marking Lana's first official win in WWE. On the May 22 episode of SmackDown Live, Lana defeated Billie Kay to qualify for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match marking her first singles win in the company. At the event, Lana failed to win the ladder match.

Throughout late July, she was booked with Rusev and Aiden English against Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega. This led to Lana turning face for the first time since 2015. At SummerSlam, Lana and Rusev faced Vega and Almas which they lost, however they won the rematch on the following night on SmackDown Live. She competed at WrestleMania 35 in the annual Women's WrestleMania battle royal match but did not win.

Lana turned heel again on the September 30, 2019, edition of Raw, after betraying Rusev and kissing Bobby Lashley, during Rusev's Universal Championship match with Seth Rollins. After Rusev was legitimately released from his WWE contract, Lana remained in character, mocking him on social media. Lana then began a feud with MVP, after he tried to gain Lashley as an ally. At Backlash, Lashley was unsuccessful in capturing the WWE Championship due to an altercation between MVP and Lana at ringside which distracted Lashley and allowed Drew McIntyre to retain his championship.

The following night on Raw, Lashley confronted Lana and blamed her for his loss at Backlash stating that she used him to get famous including making their sex life public. Lashley would then ask for a divorce before leaving with MVP. The same night, Lana vents her frustrations to Natalya backstage. On the June 22 episode of Raw, Lana solidified her alliance with Natalya by distracting Liv Morgan thus helping Natalya to win the match. In August the duo began feuding with the returning Mickie James.

Other Ventures

  • In 2009, Perry joined No Means Yes, a girl group signed to Ne-Yo's record label comprising Perry (billed as "C.J."), Kat, Shea, and Tanu. The group released one single, "Would You Like That", and recorded two others ("7 Years Bad Luck" and "Burn Rubber") before disbanding in 2010.

Perry later stated: “A girlfriend of mine in college referred me to the man that was putting the group together. I honestly was so scared to sing and I didn't even know a song to sing at the audition so I sang "Jesus Loves Me". I remember them saying "we can work with her tone because she has the right look and she is a model that break dances". I am so thankful to this day for that experience because I do not think I would have ever gotten the role in Pitch Perfect if I hadn't overcome my fear to open my mouth and sing.”

  • Perry went on to work as a backup dancer for performers such as Keri Hilson, Nelly, Pink, Usher, Akon, and Rich Boy.
  • In 2013, she starred alongside Kelley Jakle in the music video for Jakle's cover of the Paramore song "Ain't it Fun". She trained as an actress at The Groundlings School and under the acting coaches Lesly Kahn and Larry Moss.
  • She appeared in acting roles such as an episode of The Game in 2011, the lead role in I.C.I.R.U.S. in 2011, the musical comedy film Pitch Perfect in 2012 and the 2015 sequel Pitch Perfect 2, and an episode of Banshee in 2013.
  • In 2016, she starred in the WWE Studios production Interrogation alongside WWE Hall of Famer Adam "Edge" Copeland.
  • Lana has appeared in four WWE video games making her in-game debut at WWE 2K15 as an NPC. She also appeared during Rusev's entrance and winning celebration. She later made her managing debut in WWE 2K16 and later appearing in its follow-ups, WWE 2K17 and WWE 2K18. She was confirmed to be a playable character for the first time in WWE 2K19 and followed that up with latest video game appearance in WWE 2K20.
  • In 2016, it was announced that Lana would be featured as a main cast member for the sixth season of Total Divas.

Championships and Accomplishments

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  • Ranked 98 of the top 100 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 100 in 2019

Sports Illustrated

  • Ranked No. 29 in the top 30 female wrestlers in 2018

Rolling Stone

  • Worst Storyline (2015) – with Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev and Summer Rae

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Best Gimmick (2014) – with Rusev

WWE

  • Slammy Award (2015) for Tell Me You Didn't Just Say That" - Insult of the Year The Rock insults Rusev and Lana – Raw, October 6
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Lana Shares Wild Vegas Photos From WWE Star Dolph Ziggler’s Birthday

Lana is no more a WWE Superstar although she’d still love to have that belief. While her name on social media platforms has been changed to CJ Perry, that’s her real-name, her Twitter cover photo still has the Total Divas banner when she was a part of that reality TV series. Plus, her pinned tweet on Twitter still has the Royal Rumble entrance preparation video from 2019.

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Also, Lana still has lots of attachments with her former WWE colleagues as she often catches up with them, it appears. Recently, she was part of a celebration on the occasion of WWE Smackdown Superstar Dolph Ziggler. Apparently, the former world champion threw a pool party in Las Vegas, Nevada and it was attended by her former on-screen beau.

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As seen on Lana’s Instagram, she shared quite a few photos from a pool party in Vegas which was wild enough. In this post, she shared more pictures of herself in a bikini alongside her husband, Miro, former WWE Superstar Rusev.

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The two were also seen posing in a cozy way as the caption of the post promised more shots from Ziggler’s birthday are on the way,

“Well Vegas for 24 hours was wild!!!! Can you guess what @tobemiro is saying to me??? ⬇️ Swipe to see before and after pics of the trip & my hung over self 🤣 stay tune for more pics of @heelziggler birthday in vegas !!!! Love you @kaylabraxtonwwe ! Can’t wait to show everyone our photo shoot.”

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Lana and Dolph Ziggler had a romantic angle in WWE

WWE Talking Smack host, Kayla Braxton was a part of the party as seen in the pictures while Lana also took a selfie with Dolph Ziggler. As noted above, Ziggler was in a romantic angle on WWE TV with the former Ravishing Russian, almost six years ago. This happened after Rusev split from his then-manager who later turned into his wife.

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Ziggler and Lana appeared to be quite a popular couple on TV given Rusev was a massive heel back in the days. When the babyface association was going strong, an engagement picture of Rusev and Lana went viral and put an abrupt end to the storyline. Following that, WWE introduced the real-life couple into TV, after a couple of months.

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Ex WWE Star Lana Assures Redeeming Her Husband’s Nu*s In Vulgar Tweet

Lana and her husband Rusev (now known as Miro) are no more with the WWE and hence they needn’t be extra careful about going vulgar on social media. Miro is currently under contract with All Elite Wrestling, a company that gives unlimited freedom to their talents. Miro is happy with his position in the company as the reigning TNT Champion and so is her wife.

AEW Superstar Eddie Kingston (Miro’s opponent for All out PPV) cut a promo on AEW Rampage that caused AEW to drop a new t-shirt when a line-filled profanity went viral. “Redeem Deez Nuts” t-shirts are now available on AEW’s official shop thanks to that promo, and Lana couldn’t help but notice it. She also had an interesting reaction to it.

Lana Promises To Love WWE Star Liv Morgan More Than Ever In Bikini Photos

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Miro was able to retain his AEW TNT Title against Eddie Kingston at All Out. After winning that match, the God’s Favorite Champion sent out a tweet to make a statement, “Ask and you shall receive. Your nuts have been redeemed.”

Lana saw her husband’s tweet and decided to send out a reply for everyone to see. “I’ll redeem yours when you get home,” was her response which should have been more than enough to excite Miro.

Ex WWE Star Lana Shows Off Her Hot ‘Night Dressy’ Look On Instagram

Lana and Rusev do have a history of vulgarity

The superstar with the real name CJ Perry definitely knew what she was telling and what she really meant by it. The thing is that she didn’t have to be concerned with that statement as she is no more with the WWE. No consequences will be waiting for her for that adultery tweet.

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Lana and Miro are not new to doing controversial acts in or outside the ring. During an episode of Total Divas in the past, they were indulged in showing off on a beach which led them to the dog-house of the WWE. Last year, Instagram also removed a cozy photo of the couple due to vulgarity and they weren’t happy about it.

Lana is over with the mandatory 90-day no-compete clause serving with the WWE as she waits for a big signing in the future. Miro is pushing AEW to sign her but there’s no confirmed update on whether it’d be happening. For now, she will be making indie appearances, only.

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Lana Promises To Love WWE Star Liv Morgan More Than Ever In Bikini Photos

Lana and Liv Morgan shares tons of history, together in and outside of the WWE. While in the ring, they shared a bitter relationship due to a weird storyline, the duo is real-life besties. These have been reflected via their social media profiles all the time. Now that one of them is gone from the WWE, the bond remains intact as both of them promise to be closer than ever.

WWE Universe must haven’t forgotten that angle where Liv Morgan was re-introduced on Raw Lana’s former lover in a lesbian storyline, all the way back in January 2020. That storyline was teased again on Instagram as the duo shared similar bikini pictures, embracing each other, promising to be closer than ever.

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As seen on Lana’s Instagram, she shared a few snaps with Morgan from a sandy beach with the caption stating, “I will love you more then you ever realize @yaonlylivvonce [black heart emoji].” In reply Morgan stated, “I loooooooooove u and miss u terribly.”

Morgan herself posted the same pictures on her Instagram account mentioning the following, “My beautiful beautiful CJ.” In turn, Lana requested to visit her, “I love you soooooooo much and missssssssss you ! Come visit me!!!!”

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Lana and Liv Morgan are missing each other

It appears that the two are missing each other as they couldn’t get along anymore in the WWE locker room. Morgan is still a member of the Smackdown Women’s roster while her bestie has been released from the company a few months ago amid the COVID-19 related budget cuts.

Last year, WWE created a very interesting storyline that involved Lana and Bobby Lashley getting involved in an adult relationship. The WWE Universe saw weeks of making out between the two as the duo decided to tie the knot, but their holy matrimony was objected by The Ravishing Russian’s “estranged lover” Liv Morgan, who made her comeback to the company.

Morgan later recalled that moment and how nervous she was before involving herself in a lesbian angle on WWE TV with Lana. This is what she stated in an interview on WWE’s The Bump.

“Yeah, I was just like, ‘I have to bring it,’ you know? It was the craziest high that I’ve ever felt. My adrenaline was through the rough to where I felt nothing. Like, I was pacing, pacing, pacing, and I was driving myself crazy. Right before I was about to go out, my body was just overwhelmed with ease. I never thought that I would object to a wedding.” (quotes courtesy Wrestling INC)

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Lana Announces First Post-WWE Appearance In Red Hot Bikini Photos

Lana was released from her WWE contract in one of the recent rounds of releases, earlier this year. Her non-compete clause is already up which means that she could end up on television again soon with any other wrestling promotions or whichever company she would like to be with.

As previously reported by PWInsider, the former WWE Superstar is scheduled to make her first post-WWE appearance in October at the Legends of the Ring convention in Iselin, New Jersey. But that won’t be her first post-WWE appearance, it appears.

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Going by Lana’s Instagram account, she is slated for an appearance at Jimmy’s World Order Convention on September 12th that’s just a few days away. The now CJ Perry made the announcement with a couple of red hot bikini pictures to make her fans excited than ever. The event is slated to emanate from the Atlantic Blvd. in East Los Angeles. The full caption of the photo goes as follows,

“Good morning IG! I’m so excited to announce my first signing in LA on September 12th from 12-3 pm at Jimmy World’s Order (swipe left to see details)
My second signing is on October 2nd in Iselin, NJ at Legends of the Ring! I can’t wait to see you guys in person & take pictures!”

Photos: Ex WWE Star Lana’s Domestic Time Turns Into Bikini Shoot

Lana is back on Cameo account with a discount for fans

Lana’s announcement garnered attention given the fact that she was one of the popular superstars of this new era of the WWE. Liv Morgan and former WWE Superstar Peyton Royce, now known as Cassie Lee reacted to the post letting their excitement know about the news.

Lana is a pro when it comes to teasing the fans in skimpy outfits. It appears apart from the future appearances, she is now back on Cameo. In another bikini photo on Twitter, she announced the below to keep in touch with her by clicking here,

“Cameo have informed me that tons people are 25% off! I’ve also put on two pounds, so you can literally get more of me for less for now.”

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Lana is a free-spirited person who is now away from the WWE and thereby all the rules and regulations put forth by the company towards her. That being said, she could be involved in numerous outsider activities apart from wrestling and these are just the beginnings.

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Photos: Ex WWE Star Lana’s Domestic Time Turns Into Bikini Shoot

Away from WWE television, Lana is spending some family time with her near and dear ones for the past couple of months. Despite being one of the most popular superstars of this generation, she was, unfortunately, let go of the WWE roster under the company’s cost-cutting process. The process of entertaining her fans is still going on under the name of CJ Perry on social media, though.

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Lana has always been an active name on social media and she is living up to her fame. It appeared that she was having a domestic time, recently while gardening for her home but then it turned out to be a photoshoot as she was doing so in skimpy bikini attire. Check out the photos shared by her on Instagram in this pink bikini alongside the caption of the photo,

“How Is your Saturday going ? I am domestic AF !! 😂 me attempting to garden but turned into a self timer photoshoot🤪 by the 3rd swipe I’m about to crush something ! Bottom line…. Too much time on my hands !”

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As commented by WWE NXT star Indi Hartwell in the comment box, ‘Gardening never looked so good’ indeed.

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Lana is currently a free agent

Lana was released as a part of WWE’s budget cuts on June 2. She already became a free agent after her 90-day non-compete clause ran out on Tuesday, August 31. Regarding that release, she noted that she cried after she got the call from WWE senior of Talent Relations, Johnny Laurinaitis while her husband, current AEW TNT Champion Miro, did cartwheels. He was also released last year by the WWE.

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Under the name of CJ Perry, Lana is scheduled to make her first post-WWE appearance in October, according to PWInsider. She will appear at the Legends of the Ring convention in Iselin, New Jersey on October 2. Also, she has been announced for “The Surreal Life” on VH1, a reality TV show which is scheduled to premiere in the fall.

Lana is rumored to be joining the All Elite Wrestling promotion since her husband is having a wonderful time at that promotion after getting signed by Tony Khan. He has also reportedly been pulling the plugs for the company to eventually sign his wife to a contract. Even the former female WWE talent herself teased the same via an Instagram post.

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Ex WWE Star Lana Shows Off Her Hot ‘Night Dressy’ Look On Instagram

WWE is no more the address for Lana and it did give her a lot more freedom when it comes to the work front. She’s a free-spirited person who already had some experience working with the mainstream media like movies or TV shows. With the WWE contract no more applicable to her, she’d definitely get more such works without any obligations from the company.

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At the same time, Lana keeps on reminding us about her gorgeous WWE shtick via her social media pictures. She alongside Mandy Rose was considered to be the most value-based WWE Superstars when it comes to social media. The latest pictures from the Ravishing Russian pointed out the reason, once more.

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Lana came up with a set of photos on Twitter where she posed for the camera while outing in a brown, cleavage-revealing attire. The gorgeous photos had the following caption, “I only look back to remind myself of how far I have come from only having $50 in my account in August 2011! Check me out on Surreal Life this fall on @VH1”

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Lana currently serving her no-compete clause for WWE

As you can see, Lana did plug in her upcoming appearances on the Surreal Life show. The same set of pictures were shared by her on Instagram accompanied by a bikini attire as she wanted to compare her night look to her day look, “Night vs. day???? Are you a night dressy person or a daytime cheeseburger type??? ⬇️😂 #dress #bikini @revolve @bronxandbanco”

WWE talents Kayla Braxton and Mandy Rose did mention the hotness around those pictures by dropping fire emojis.

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WWE released Lana from the contract on June 2, along with several others. She had been with WWE since 2013 while her 90-day non-compete clause expires on Tuesday, August 31. At present, she is booked to appear at the Legends of the Ring convention in Iselin, New Jersey on October 2, per the reports of PWInsider. This will be her very first post-WWE appearance.

There have been some rumors about the ex WWE superstar possibly signing with the AEW but there’s no confirmation on the arrival. However, chances are high of a future signing since Miro fka Rusev is also with the WWE’s rival brand.

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Ex WWE Star Lana Shows Off 90s Looks With Hot Photos & Videos

After a break, Lana is back on Instagram with a bang. She is quite regular on the social media website when it comes to posts. But following her WWE release, back on June 2nd, she’s spending the days on a quiet note which may be an indication that she’s waiting for the no-compete clauses to get over, perhaps to come up with a big announcement.

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Last night, Lana took hiatus from the break as she delighted her global fanbase with a number of hot photos and videos. Firstly, she was back on TikTok with a hot dance number, living up to her fame on this platform. Plus, she has also posted a number of photos in a green cleavage-revealing dress that was apparently inspired by the 90s.

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Ex WWE Star Deonna Purrazzo Brings Out A Hidden Gem In Bikini

“Guess who was my inspiration for my 90’s inspiration ??? ⬇️ answers will be in my story ! I also added freckles and lamented brows done by myself 😳 gulp !
#hair color @alexmatthewtruong
#hairextensions @rickhenryla
#necklace @8otherreasons
Can you guess where the #outfit was from???” the lengthy caption by Lana on the post mentioned.

Lana to make first post WWE appearance in October

As per the latest reports from PWInsider, Lana is scheduled to make her first post-WWE appearance in October. She is set to appear at the Legends of the Ring convention in Iselin, New Jersey on October 2. WWE released her from their contract on June 2, along with several other talents. She had been with the company since 2013 as her 90-day non-compete clause expires on Tuesday, August 31.

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Lana was also announced for “The Surreal Life” on VH1. The reality TV show is scheduled to be telecasted in the fall.

MTV Entertainment announced last month that the iconic “Surreal Life” series will return this fall on VH1 15 years later targeting new audiences. The series was infamous for “celeb-reality” content, and this new season will feature 8 celebrities coming together for a “wild, over the top journey that pushes them to reveal different sides of themselves in surprising ways.”

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Apart from Lana, the cast will also feature Dennis Rodman, Stormy Daniels, Manny MUA, August Alsina, Tamar Braxton, Kim Coles, and Frankie Muniz. There’s no update on when exact airing date of the reality series, to date.

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Throwback Thursday: Lana Teases WWE Fans With Revealing Videos

It was back on June 2nd that WWE announced the release of top WWE Superstars including Lana, Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Ruby Riott, Buddy Murphy, and Santana Garrett. It’s been more than two months since then as those former main roster employees are serving through their no-compete clauses with the company while also waiting to reach their next destination following their WWE release.

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Throwback Thursday: Lana Teases WWE Fans With Revealing Videos 147

Lana had been with WWE since 2013 and she made regular appearances on TV throughout the pandemic season of the WWE. She even wrestled on the same week of release on RAW, teaming with Naomi for a loss to Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose. Being a familiar name to the WWE Universe, it raised some eyebrows as to why she was let go from the company.

WWE Blamed Lana For Leaked Engagement Photo With Rusev

It should also be noted that Lana was very much active on social media, throughout her career. Her revealing Instagram posts are the reason why she built a huge fanbase among the WWE Universe and beyond. Even after the WWE release, the gorgeous superstar has been able to retain that fanbase. She releases a couple of extremely hot videos following the release, as you can see in this article. This kind of content should be received from her in the future, as well.

Ex WWE Star Lana Celebrates National Bikini Day; Back On Cameo

Lana sees Becky Lynch as her inspiration

Lana believes that Becky Lynch is her “inspiration” while responding to a recent tweet from The Man addressing a promo from Charlotte Flair on a Monday Night. The two are friends since they almost arrived in the WWE, at the same time. Lynch is also said to have sent encouraging texts to the ex-WWE Superstar on a weekly basis throughout the pandemic era.

“I get texts from her saying ‘I’m so proud of you.’ She texts me every single week,” Lana mentioned to talkSport back in February. “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].”

There’s no update on what Lana could be doing, next in her career. But she admitted continuing to be in the pro-wrestling industry. Her husband Miro is in AEW who is already pulling the string for the company to sign her in a contract.

Lana
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Lana Reveals WWE Chairman Forced Her To Kiss Dolph Ziggler

For the majority of her time in WWE, Lana had acted as the manager for her real-life husband, Miro fka Rusev. Starting in 2014, the kayfabe blonde-head Russian lady was the main reason behind Rusev getting a monstrous push on the roster. With the United States Championship around his waist, he enjoyed an undefeated streak that was intact for almost a year.

Back at WrestleMania 31, the streak came to an end when John Cena defeated Rusev for the title. Lana was blamed by him for the loss as she called off the match on his behalf during Cena’s STF submission. That acted as a split for the real-life couple’s pairing on TV. Eventually, it led to a romantic storyline also involving Dolph Ziggler.

In the summer of 2015, Lana developed an interest in the Show-Off as she was growing distances with Rusev. Soon WWE paired these two up while Rusev was aligned with Danielle Moinet fka Summer Rae. The romantic relationship between Ziggler and the Ravishing Russian was highly appreciated as the two would go on to share some passionate kisses on TV.

WWE Blamed Lana For Leaked Engagement Photo With Rusev

Lana Reveals WWE Chairman Forced Her To Kiss Dolph Ziggler 164

Speaking on Talk Is Jericho podcast, Lana went into detail about how the whole angle began. She was absent one week from WWE TV as the fans chanted ‘We Want Lana.’ This was the first time that WWE creative realized that she could be a huge babyface superstar.

“This is a month before WrestleMania [31]. The whole arena started chanting, ‘We want Lana!’ And I trended for two days. It was wild. I was shook, then it kept on happening, and then WrestleMania, we did the tank…

We went to Vince the following week to pitch an idea, to work with Daniel Bryan, and he was like, ‘No, I’m splitting you guys up.’ And we were shocked.”

Lana Reveals She Was About To Become A Champion Before WWE Release

Lana had no problems kissing Dolph Ziggler

The WWE Chairman pushed the idea that Lana was becoming a grand babyface superstar. So he was the one to come up with the idea that she could have kissed a flamboyant guy like Ziggler on TV to get even more over as a fan favorite superstar. Since she has always considered herself an actress, Vince had no problems in convincing her,

“I started naming all these super hated, heel women on television, and he’s like, ‘Oh, that’s great. A conniving woman. Maybe you kiss a guy and make him jealous,’ and I’m like, ‘Awesome. That’s great. I am an actor.’ I’ve done all different types of roles.

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So to me, it’s acting, whatever, and then a month later, he pulled us in and said I was going to be making out with Dolph Ziggler, and we were going into this big program.”

The storyline never got culminated in a proper way as TMZ published a story where Lana got engaged with Rusev in real life at the same time, ruining all the aspects of WWE TV. The storyline was called off and WWE eventually went ahead to punish the female lead in the angle by taking her off TV for three months.

Lana
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WWE Blamed Lana For Leaked Engagement Photo With Rusev

For the majority portion of her career in the WWE, Lana was seen managing her real-life husband, Miro fka Rusev. The duo was proven to be a strong ally for over a year, starting from early 2014. The next year, Rusev wanted to get rid of his on-screen manager after dropping the US Title to John Cena.

It was an interesting phase where Lana turned into a babyface superstar who eventually got into a relationship with Dolph Ziggler. The two were used as on-screen pairs to feud with Rusev and Summer Rae. Meanwhile, Rusev and Lana were still offscreen items and thereby were dating. During that feud, they got eventually engaged to be married.

Lana Reveals She Was About To Become A Champion Before WWE Release

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courtesy TMZ

A photo of their engagement was leaked on the Internet, ruining the entire kayfabe part of the feud. WWE was forced to call off the storyline without culminating it. Rusev and Lana had to take time off from TV and when they returned, they were back as a couple.

While speaking on Talk Is Jericho podcast, The Ravishing Russian revealed how that unwanted photo of her got out on the Internet. She also claimed that she was immediately removed from television for three months after that photo leak by TMZ as the full blame was forced upon her. In reality, she never dropped it anywhere on the internet.

Ex WWE Star Lana Celebrates National Bikini Day; Back On Cameo

Lana didn’t intentionally put up her engagement photo

Check out her words to know more about that situation,

“I didn’t even put up a picture, I just sent it to my friends. And then I guess someone leaked it. I never, ever put it up. TMZ got a hold of it. Basically TMZ said we were engaged and so the story got cut and we got blamed for it. Personally, I got blamed. It’s insane,” Lana continued.

“I got in trouble for that. I wasn’t on television for three months. And I was on television straight for two years. I was made to feel it was all my fault. I had to take the blame. And for years I thought maybe it was my fault. For years. And then we did the Bobby Lashley story and I had given Vince my word that I would not take a picture with someone I am feuding with, or send it to anyone.”

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Currently, Miro is the TNT Champion in AEW who is having a solid run, there. There are rumors that he is pushing the company to hire Lana on the brand, as well. We will have to wait and see whether the pair will be seen in WWE’s rival brand, as well. But first, she would have to sit out of the no-compete clause put forth by the WWE for 90 days. Only after that, she could sign with any other wrestling promotion.

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