Lana was never a traditional professional wrestler by all means. Real-name CJ Perry, she used to be an actor, dancer, and much more except for being a wrestler. WWE introduced her to the audience in a managerial role for her beau, now husband Rusev aka Miro back in 2013.
But spending time with the pro-wrestlers built a nag within Lana to build a rapport on her own as an active performer. She wanted to be a champion by any means during her tenure in the company. But eventually, the husband-wife duo became the victim of budget cuts and got released from their contracts.
Speaking to Liam Stewart of ITR Wrestling, Lana discussed her release from the WWE. Since that happened, many believed that she would eventually show up to All Elite Wrestling since her husband works there but that wasn’t the case. Sitting at home, the former WWE Superstar is involved in numerous other projects like doing endorsements, and BrandArmy but that didn’t stop her from missing the WWE.
“I feel like I miss my drug. Sometimes, I’m fiending and I get moody and angry sometimes. I realize it’s because I miss doing what I love so much. It’s really important to me, when I return back to wrestling, I want it to be meaningful and impactful. I don’t want to do something half ass and mediocre.”
Lana used to be an entertaining character on WWE TV
The on-screen character of Lana had grandeur to it and she used to garner the spotlight for non-wrestling things. Those controversial storylines with the likes of Bobby Lashley, Dolph Ziggler, or Enzo Amore gained a ton of numbers in the past. If someday, she does return to the WWE, the Ravishing Russian wants it to be fitting to her standard,
“I’ve been doing this, not even 300 days of the year, 325 days of the year because I would do so much more like go to NXT on my off days when we were still shooting Total Divas and Raw and SmackDown. I miss the fans, the people, the adrenaline rush, and I would absolutely love to return and be part of something that is iconic. If it’s not iconic, I’m good. I’ll be a fan.” (quotes courtesy Fightful)
Back at Royal Rumble 2022, Lana was rumored to make a return to the WWE as part of the 30-woman Royal Rumble match. But nothing came out of those discussions. She was also advertised for Wrestling Entertainment Series in a match against Lina Fanene (Nia Jax in WWE), but both were pulled off while the event scheduled for July itself got canceled.