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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote thundarr2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/May/2014 at 19:17
Originally posted by Raven Raven wrote:

She looks weird as hell without her hair up, she's got a mad foot-shaped face.
You like her looking more butch, 'cause that feeds into your lesbian fantasies you've already cooked up.

After conducting my "research" I'm thinking she's had some work done. Nothing super dramatic like Chyna did. But as C.J. Perry, her jawline seemed to change slightly. As did her cheekbones. 
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http://www.wwe.com/videos/rusev-and-lana-confront-legends-house-star-hacksaw-jim-duggan-raw-may-12-2014-26303135

A few times she stumbled across her lines or stopped before continuing.

Probably a few nerves as she got more airtime on the mic then she's had at any point so far.

I thought this tweet was amusing from her old CJ Perry/Catherine Joy account.....


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When Lana began her WWE main roster career, she was already paired up with Rusev as his valet. Her gimmick from 2014-15 was a suit wearing, smart and savvy businesswoman who stood out from the rest of the WWE Divas in terms of appearing to be not your typical WWE Divas who act like flirty, high school roommates.

But when she had a face turn in 2015 and (in kayfabe) broke off with Rusev in favor of teaming up with Dolph Ziggler. Many thought Rusev had been buried ever since John Cena defeated him for the WWE United States Championship Belt, but also for two other reasons that were twofold:
1) Rusev had a gimmick of an Anti-American monster heel, in this case, Rusev was a Russian who along with Lana idolized Vladimir Putin. History dictates that monster heels are to have an unbeatable winning streak by going on a rampage until the All-American hero (John Cena) ends the monster. The only legendary heel who can pull off the Anti-American monster heel act for a long time has to be The Iron Sheik so he's an exception.
2) Many feared that by breaking up Rusev and Lana storyline-wise, it would've left Rusev out in the cold booking-wise and it appeared to be a possibility that Rusev would be a candidate to be released (or as WWE call it, 'future endeavored') from WWE while Lana potentially reached to newer heights as a face.

And then there was that infamous angle that WWE forcibly saddled their fans with for the majority of 2015. Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, Lana and Summer Rae were all embroiled in a love triangle (sort of) storyline, and it didn't sit too well with the smarks. The Dolph Ziggler who was so over and beloved as a face in 2013 was now gone by 2015 as far as being a popular IWC favorite is concerned. Meanwhile, for all the hype and high expectations that were mapped out for her as a face, Lana actually failed to live up to her expectations as a face because she was no longer an anti-American suit wearing, smart, savvy and sexy business woman who idolized Vladimir Putin. Instead, Lana was now shaped into being just another typical All-American WWE Diva-esque college girl and lost what actually got her over to begin with in the first place.

As for behind-the-scenes, many smarks recently found out that Lana deliberately sabotaged the Lana/Ziggler/Rusev/Summer Rae love angle and finally put a stop to that when TMZ reported that Rusev and Lana were engaged and set to get married in the near future, which upset Vince McMahon who thought a beautiful woman like Lana is too good for a supposedly ugly fat man like Rusev. Rusev is fine, and Lana's good for him, so Vince should've kept his own mouth shut and head down for trying to ruin their relationship. Not to mention, the 70 year old man could've raped Lana for crying out loud if he ever got his hands on her.

Further fanning the flames was that Lana accused Paige of bullying on Twitter, and since Paige was the IWC's favorite Diva at the time, smarks took their venting out on Lana for stirring up trouble. Paige was only in her early 20s, and what smarks don't realize that Paige is one of Triple H's creative booking pets. Yes, the same HHH that smarks railed on for so many years. Anyway, Paige swears at fans and was warned by Scott Armstrong for it. Now Lana was painted by the WWE Machine as an unpopular figure in their eyes, and for all the initial doubts about Rusev, he seemed to bounce back on his own just fine without Lana.

Come late 2015, Lana reverted back to being a heel when her real-life engagement with Rusev became incorporated into storylines. Lana was now reunited with Rusev. Both were now a part of The Authority under their subset faction called League of Nations, a B-level stable composed of foreign wrestlers such as Sheamus (Ireland), Alberto Del Rio (Mexico), Wade Barrett (England) and Rusev & Lana (Russia).

However, League of Nations didn't appear to last long as they were made to be instant easy pickings for Roman Reigns in yet another hopeless attempt by the WWE Machine to get their favorite over, and yet to no avail.

Once the League of Nations thing petered out, Lana apparently looked to be a singles wrestler. Her latest vignettes portrayed her to the audiences as an MMA styled fighter, a bootleg version of UFC's very own female star fighter Ronda Rousey. As typical of WWE, her MMA-esque gimmick never made it to the storylines. Instead, Lana was edited to a woman who wore denim and fought barefoot. Showing flashes of ECW's Beulah McGulligutty, maybe Lana could try chanelling a little bit of that, but unfortunately, WWE being PG since 2008 and when the Politically Correct era ruled the world, Lana would have to be the WWE's version of Beulah.

I will leave you a thorough review about Lana's different character phases, and hoping that whichever gimmick she was at her best. I personally know that WWE fans might see some more feet pics of Lana for as long as WWE and Vince make her play the barefoot hooker. If women's matches can't be taken seriously for technical work rate matches, then gimmick matches draw more than generic workrate matches no casual fan cares about.

In fact, going with Lana's barefoot gimmick, give her a finisher where she can plant her feet on the face of a downed opponent. Make Lana's opponents smell her feet and victories will be all hers for the taking. Because IWC fans overrate Paige, Natalya, Eva Marie, Sasha Banks and Bayley so much just because they're technical workrate specialists, I'd rather put my money on Nikki Bella, Brie Bella (if she's still on WWE), Lana, Summer Rae and Charlotte just because the IWC have no fiber for Divas like Lana.
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Quote Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio reports that, contrary to WWE teasing the split of Rusev and Aiden English on SmackDown Live, he believes WWE is simply adding Lana to the Rusev Day group instead.

Rusev and English will definitely split apart from one another sometime down the road, but for the time being, it looks like they’re simply adding Lana to their group instead of breaking up altogether.

The guys don't need her. She's been pointless ever since she dropped the business suits and tried to wrestle.
 
She's only still around because her husband is popular. I reckon if she wasn't married to a guy on the roster, she would have been released by now.
 
She'd be better helping get a new star over as the mouthpiece, instead of trying to ride the success of her husband.
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She gets equally as big a pop as Rusev does
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Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

Quote Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio reports that, contrary to WWE teasing the split of Rusev and Aiden English on SmackDown Live, he believes WWE is simply adding Lana to the Rusev Day group instead.

Rusev and English will definitely split apart from one another sometime down the road, but for the time being, it looks like they’re simply adding Lana to their group instead of breaking up altogether.

The guys don't need her. She's been pointless ever since she dropped the business suits and tried to wrestle.
 
She's only still around because her husband is popular. I reckon if she wasn't married to a guy on the roster, she would have been released by now.
 
She'd be better helping get a new star over as the mouthpiece, instead of trying to ride the success of her husband.

I would agree that purely in the ring as a wrestler, I don't care for Lana at all. She is horrendous. However, back in 2000 when Trish Stratus first tried to step in the ring and wrestle she too was horrendous. Anyone can improve, and Lana can if she sets her mind to it and is as serious about wrestling as she claims to be on Total Divas. 

Maybe she might be considered for release if she wasn't with Rusev as you said. But as a valet/manager she has always been good. I would rather see her with Rusev (with or without English) than anyone else. It has already been announced on screen that Rusev and Lana are married; and if two people are together in real life I would prefer them to be together in the wrestling shows. There is no doubt Rusev and Lana have good chemistry together; and they already did the tease of Lana being with someone else when they had that angle of Lana briefly being with Dolph Ziggler.

So I'd rather keep Rusev and Lana together. I wouldn't mind the three of them in a trio. 

And speaking of Total Divas, Lana and her squabbles with Natalya have been entertaining. The show has made Lana's character a bit more interesting.  

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18/May/2018 at 14:36
Originally posted by #Heel #Heel wrote:

She gets equally as big a pop as Rusev does
 

At times her pops have been much bigger, right now I don't think she's anywhere near as over, is she? Maybe I've not been paying that close of attention though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18/May/2018 at 15:14
At this point I'm just glad that Rusev Day will continue as a gimmick and I'm happy to see how the addition of Lana pans out, as mentioned she and Lana have good chemistry on screen and as a real-life husband and wife it makes sense so I don't have a problem with it. 

Rumours had been bouncing around that WWE were set to pull the plug on Rusev Day and split Rusev and English due to the fact that Rusev is expected to not sign a new WWE deal at the end of his contract and WWE are reluctant to re-sign him anyway due to some of his social media comments, not sure if there is any truth to this story.
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Quote During a recent edition of “Backstage in WWE”, Brad Shepard, who has broken stories in the past, commented on the possible reason Lana is getting a renewed push. As seen on last Tuesday night’s WWE SmackDown! Live broadcast, Lana defeated Billie Kay to earn a spot in the women’s WWE Money in the Bank ladder match.

Shepard said: “I mean she sucks in the ring but she’s over and the fans love her so when she comes out and wins she’s over. She’s a great package with Rusev you know that’s where she should be. Not every woman on the roster needs to wrestle.“

Do we know if she's continued with her wrestling training? If she has it's not working for her. Against Billie Kay she was no better than when she first started wrestling. She's not picking it up quick at all.
 
She's a good talker, but not good enough to stand alone as a solo star.
 
I wouldn't put it past management to give her the briefcase for a rapid rise to the top.
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She's not a good wrestler and shouldn't be in a match where you really can't afford to botch.

Not happy she's went over Billie she should've lost the match and at least been there for Rusev.
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