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Are WWE still punishing Lana - her limited role with Rusev suggests yes

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Lana made her return to WWE during Rusev's Royal Rumble entrance on Sunday night, but a backstage segment on Raw this week has speculation suggesting that WWE is still punishing the Diva. 

Lana was already punished by WWE for many weeks by being taken off TV, after she leaked the news of her engagement to Rusev to TMZ without consulting WWE's media team and checking if this ruined WWE's storyline plans. 

IS LANA NO LONGER NEEDED?

Whilst there have been rumors that she has been kept off TV for the last few months because of backstage heat, the real reason could be that Rusev's new partnership with The League of Nations doesn't require him to have a valet. 

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Sheamus, King Barrett and Alberto Del Rio are good enough talkers for the group that Rusev can be handed a small amount of lines and still make an impact on his own. 

That being said, Lana was present on Raw this week and was humiliated by The Rock when he talked about her cheating on Rusev with him before Rusev himself turned up. 

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Was this a punishment from WWE or was The Rock just being himself and trying to make light of an awkward situation? The latter seems more convincing, but don't underestimate WWE's ability to act in a petty way. 

COULD LANA HAVE A FUTURE ELSEWHERE?

The real question here is whether or not Lana has what it takes to be a WWE Diva. She wouldn't be able to join the cast of Total Divas because of course, her character is Russian, she is American and so she would have to lie about her character in order to be a part of the show. 

She did some in-ring training before her wrist injury a few months ago and it seemed that she could have been building up to an in-ring debut before WWE then took her off TV altogether. 

Her Russian character wouldn't work well as a manager for anyone else so for right now it seems to make sense for her to stay with her husband-to-be. 

In the long term, WWE needs to think of ways of her character branching out so she isn't one dimensional anymore because, if she has any hopes of becoming a WWE Diva, then she will be entering a huge pool of talented women and she needs to be ready for that kind of challenge. 

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