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After a long delay, Lana finally decided to show up on Smackdown Live, a couple of weeks ago. She continued with her pledge from Twitter to get inserted into the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Once that was rejected, she demanded a championship match at the upcoming PPV. However, that was not considered, either.
But, she decided to make a bold statement, later the same night she interrupted a six-woman tag team contest. She caused Naomi the matchup by pulling the leg off the apron. Tamina capitalised by connecting with a superkick and gained the pinfall victory.
Later, Naomi became irate with these actions and demanded a match against Lana at Money in the Bank. She was so fired up that did not hesitate to put her championship on the line. With that being said, Lana got the title match, as per her need on June 18th.
Now, it’s quite rare to witness an in-ring debut of a female superstar in a championship match. We could not remember when the last time that happened in recent years. This is a clear indication that WWE has handed another superstar’s push towards her.
According to the news of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, this storyline was sketched for none other than Eva Marie in the blue brand. But, she might be looking to make her way out of the company. Hence, WWE is not looking to bring her back, either and decided to go with Lana with the planned program.
This is the reason why Lana’s debut vignette kept on airing on Smackdown, every week for almost two months. This was done in a similar fashion for Eva who used to air promos around the arena, each week but would not show up for any competition, at all. This earned her a natural heat among the audience and hence she grabbed the spotlight upon debut, as soon as possible.
Even during the Total Divas show, we have learned that she might be due to her championship opportunity at one point. However, with problems brewing between her and WWE, she decided not perform in the company, anymore. As a result, she removed all her WWE bios from the social media accounts. But, Lana became the ultimate gainer from this, as she got not one but two title shots, quite easily.