Is Vince McMahon Trying To Break Up Lana and Rusev In Real Life?
June 8, 2015 – A major topic of interest in recent weeks on the F4WOnline.com podcasts has been that of Lana being split from Rusev on television to become the love interest of Dolph Ziggler. Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer and Figure Four Weekly editor Bryan Alvarez have suggested that Vince McMahon broke them up in kayfabe to facilitate a legitimate breakup. Apparently, the WWE Chairman and CEO feels that someone who looks like Rusev shouldn’t be able to date a woman as attractive as Lana.
When a real-life couple that is aligned together on television breaks up in kayfabe, past history has shown that life may imitate art. Time and time again, the kayfabe love interest became the real life love interest. It’s an occupational hazard in the professional wrestling industry as well as Hollywood.
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Vince McMahon’s Reason For Turning Lana Babyface
May 20, 2015 – Vince McMahon was the person behind turning Lana babyface, according to a backstage source. The WWE Chairman and CEO feels she’s “too hot and blonde to be a heel,” and therefore was paired with Dolph Ziggler on the May 18, 2015 episode of Monday Night Raw.
How Old Is Lana? – When a person becomes a Superstar or Diva in WWE, fans will go online to discover as much information about that individual as possible. With Lana‘s surging popularity in the sports-entertainment organization, “The Ravishing Russian” has many fans wondering about her age.
For those curious, Lana is currently 30-years-old. The WWE Diva was born on March 24, 1985.
Lana, whose background includes modeling, acting, dancing, and singing, joined WWE when she was 28-years-old. Her age says a lot about her talent and beauty since WWE executives generally shy away from women in their late 20s and up with no prior experience in the professional wrestling industry.
Known as “The Ravishing Russian,” Lana was the International Social Ambassador for Rusev, a Bulgarian WWE Superstar hell-bent on “crushing” his opposition. Well-educated and connected in the Russian socio-political scene, Lana is planning a hostile takeover of the sports-entertainment organization and has just the means to do it.
“The Super Athlete” operates on Lana’s command. His rampage serve to spread Lana’s message that “Resistance is futile.” Her bombastic acclaim for the unpopular Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has incited wrestling fans, who can only watch while she takes pleasure in another vicious assault by Rusev. As “The Bulgarian Brute” continues to dominate his opponents in WWE, she becomes more aggressive in lauding his virtues. “The Ravishing Russian” appears to hold a tyrannical control of Rusev, which has inspired his merciless display of destruction against the American way of life.
Lana, whose real name is Catherine Joy Perry, was born on March 24, 1985 in Gainesville, Florida to parents who had descended from Portugal and Venezuela. She studied abroad for much of her childhood since she was raised in the Soviet Union in the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, where her dad was employed as a Christian missionary. She remained in Latvia with her family after it declared its independence from the Soviet Union on May 4, 1990. As a kid, Perry aspired to become a ballet dancer like her mom. When Perry was 14-years-old, she enrolled in the Riga Choreography School—the Latvian National Opera’s ballet school—and began dancing with the Latvian National Ballet.
When she was 17-years-old, Perry returned to the United States to pursue her goals. While residing in New York City, Perry danced for a number of programs including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. She later enrolled in Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida to “experience the traditional American university,” where she majored in acting and dance.
While attending Florida State University, Perry entered the public consciousness through its football team. During a game pitting the Seminoles against the Miami Hurricanes that aired on ABC Sports in September 2005, cameras panned over to Perry and her friends (including Jessica Fuqua, Allison Torres, and future Playboy model and Brett Favre media target Jenn Sterger) dressed as cowgirls. Commentator Brent Musberger acknowledged the troop on-air as he quipped, “fifteen hundred red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State.”
Perry took advantage of this brief fling of fame to jumpstart a modeling career her home state of Florida, where she appeared in risqué photo shoots and as a spokesmodel for the energy drinks Matrix and Red Bull. After graduating from Florida State University, Perry relocated to Los Angeles, California to with a desire of working in the entertainment industry.
August 16, 2015 – Late last week on Instagram, Lana sent a lengthy response to a female WWE fan who posted a critical message asking her whether she finds it awkward that people only enjoying watching her perform because she’s attractive. The fan feels that since she doesn’t wrestle, her character is limited, and therefore unable to carve the legacy she often vows.
The fan wrote, “Lana do you find it awkward how many people only like you because they think you’re hot rather than enjoy your character? And that we’ve yet to see you do anything to give yourself a legacy but that’s all you ever post about? I think your character seems a sweet woman but until you wrestle I don’t see how anyone can adore you other than how you look because like we don’t see much of your character other than your character escaping a toxic relationship and growing stronger and more confident.”
Lana responded, “awkward no I find it exceptionally awesome what I do. Are you saying Paul Heyman hasn’t created one of the most epic legacies ? He will be remembered more than 98% of women and men that ever wrestled in WWE. How about Stephanie McMahon? She picked wisely when to wrestle and when not to wrestle. I am not here to be adored I am here to help create compelling stories. I don’t have to fight and wrestle everyday because I am that good at what I do. This is WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and I bring the BIG E to the WWE. And thank you, if I can help one person stand up for themselves & leave a toxic relationship, then my story is more then worth while. Thank you.”