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    Posted: 19/April/2017 at 13:53
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnDs-IrzUyA

I can't make out if she's pinching the gimmick of Summer Rae, Emmalina or a bit of both.

Smiling and dancing screams babyface, which would play into the rumours of Rusev returning face.

She's being wrestling training a while now, so I suspect she's going to be in matches when she arrives.
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Everyone saying that she's using Emmalina's gimmick, she isn't.

Her gimmick is based on when she was growing up in Russia as a teenager. She had a really bitchy ballet teacher who was very snarky and bossy but portray's grace and elegance. That is her gimmick, based on a real life person in her life.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/April/2017 at 17:46
The gimmick isn't going to work if she can't do more than the basics in the ring anyway. I'll reserve judgement until she actually does something, but I do think she'll be back with Rusev by the end of the year.

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I've seen 2 of her matches on NXT house shows, you'll have to search for it on Youtube or daily motion. Her finisher is a modified fishermans buster and a spinning round house kick. Shes better than Eva Marie, or at least way ahead of her where she was at in the same time. Lana's record is 9-5 so far and has beaten the likes of Liv Morgan and Mandy Rose
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It's not too difficult to be further ahead than Eva Marie in fairness haha. I just fear for her being out on her own given how little in-ring experience she has. 

I also wonder if they'll keep her with the Russian accent or put her as all American as he is on Total Divas.

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Its kind of old hat now her doing the Russian thing, surely it would be better if they dropped the gimmick accent somehow. But seeing as SD needs at least 1 more talent on the women's roster, I think its an interesting idea trying to make Lana an active wrestler.
Remember before his injury they tried a partnership with Rusev & Mahal, I wonder if they will go back to that when Mahal is eventually dropped like a stone.
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Originally posted by Benscast Benscast wrote:

Everyone saying that she's using Emmalina's gimmick, she isn't.

Her gimmick is based on when she was growing up in Russia as a teenager. She had a really bitchy ballet teacher who was very snarky and bossy but portray's grace and elegance. That is her gimmick, based on a real life person in her life.

... well that sounds like shit. lol

Honestly, Eva Marie would have had a better career. Lana is popular just by standing there and being hot. As soon as they see that she's got no personality, and is only slightly better than Eva Marie in the ring that will be the end of her. At least Eva Marie had heat to rival that of Vickie Guerrero.
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If ever there was one person who stands out as having an undeserved time in the WWF its Vickie Guerrero. But they quickly cottoned onto the idea that fans didnt like her or want her, so I thought the 'Excuse me!' thing against the fans was funny while it lasted.
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

Originally posted by Benscast Benscast wrote:

Everyone saying that she's using Emmalina's gimmick, she isn't.

Her gimmick is based on when she was growing up in Russia as a teenager. She had a really bitchy ballet teacher who was very snarky and bossy but portray's grace and elegance. That is her gimmick, based on a real life person in her life.


... well that sounds like shit. lol

Honestly, Eva Marie would have had a better career. Lana is popular just by standing there and being hot. As soon as they see that she's got no personality, and is only slightly better than Eva Marie in the ring that will be the end of her. At least Eva Marie had heat to rival that of Vickie Guerrero.


I did see a report that said this is the same gimmick that was going to be used for Emmalina, it's said Emma during test runs didn't pull of the character well so they hit reset and went back to her original character. Lana will be a better fit for the gimmick I would say. Apparently WWE are desperate for another Sable type lady character.

I don't know why they didn't give this character to Eva Marie, she'd be more or less perfect for it plus she was getting nuclear heat. She was better in the ring than people gave her credit for as well.

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The Emmalina gimmick is the bastard brainchild of Kevin Dunn, in which the gimmick is a play on every single Disney Princess, albeit very high maintenance material girl stand point.

I do not think Lana is doing the gimmick. If she was, there would be vignettes of her in bikini's and being sensual and pretentious.

Eva Marie, while credit to her for trying, she just doesn't have the chops. Her nuclear heat due to her not being able to wrestle isnt from just that. Its because she doesn't even know how to take bumps and sell them and continues to botch basic moves including irish whips.

Eva and Vicky garner heat not from a performer/gimmick stand point, but because the general census of wrestling fans dont want them there and don;t believe in them. Eva for not being good for over 4 years and Vicky....lets be honest, only working to help support the family after Eddie died.

Contrary to that fact, I enjoyed Vickie as a natural heel and is second to only Stephanie McMahon.
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