It was finally announced last week on Raw that John Cena will go one-on-one with Rusev next Sunday night at Wrestlemania with the United States Championship on the line.
Following this announcement, Lana and Rusev had a vocal disagreement backstage, after she made the announcement on behalf of Rusev. This is said to be the reason why the "Ravishing Russian" wasn't with her client this week on Smackdown.
It seems WWE are using this storyline to keep Lana off WWE TV until Wrestlemania when she will return in Rusev's planned grand entrance to bring back the support. Meanwhile, the actress herself is busy filming WWE Studios' new action thriller Interrogation with her co-star WWE Hall of Famer Edge.
Rusev will lose some momentum without Lana there as his voice to challenge John Cena on the mic, but the Bulgarian Brute has done some talking of his own lately and whilst Rusev doesn't say a lot in his promos, he gets straight to the point and comes across as the vicious beast that he is trying to portray.
The real life couple of Rusev and Lana have so much on-screen chemistry because of their relationship outside of WWE and you have a feeling that Rusev will be missing something without her by his side.
Luckily Lana will only miss two weeks of Raw and Smackdown, but they are crucial episodes of WWE's flagship show's now that Wrestlemania is just 13 days away and the match has already been announced.
Cena is being billed as a machine, much like Rusev where he had to dig down deep to overcome the undefeated Bulgarian, who has had a stranglehold over WWE ever since his arrival on the main roster the night after Wrestlemania last year.
The announcement was made last week as Cena refused to break the STF hold he had on Rusev when he had passed out and referee's couldn't force Cena to leave the ring either. Lana then made the announcement and even put the United States Championship on the line as well.
This announcement was made to a crowd that was completely dead, there was no cheer or even boo, the crowd just weren't into the segment and given the way they have built John Cena in the last few weeks, they have to be careful that Rusev doesn't accidentally become a face in this match.
Much like at the Royal Rumble when fans were actually chanting "We Want Rusev" when he was outside the ring and Roman Reigns was announced as the winner, fans could turn on Cena here and decide to cheer for Rusev just because he is a different option and because the predictability of the match states that Cena could be the first person to defeat Rusev.
Losing Lana will hit Rusev hard, but it will test how well the Bulgarian can do alone over the next few weeks and it will show if he is anywhere near John Cena's level without the help of his manager.