Lana and Naomi have exchanged some heated words over one unexpected talent.
Lana has been pushed to the moon by WWE since she was called up to the main roster alongside her husband, Rusev. However, when she started wrestling, fans began to criticize her for her in-ring skills.
Lana, whose real name is Catherine Perry, signed with WWE back in June of 2013 after being a model. She debuted on the October 23, 2013, episode of NXT under the ring name Lana while scouting Alexander Rusev.
The following month, WWE put her as Rusev’s manager on television. They had a short run while in the developmental brand.
Lana made her main roster debut on the January 31 episode of SmackDown where she and Rusev in the following weeks appeared in a series of self-promotional videos and speeches. Fast forward to May of that year; they made their television debut. WWE has kept both Rusev and Lana strong on television. Rusev would end up winning the United States Title while with her.
Fast forward, WWE did a breakup angle after Lana quit on Rusev’s behalf during an I Quit Match with John Cena at the Payback PPV event in 2015. There was a brief storyline where Lana was aligned with Dolph Ziggler against Rusev.
In October of that year, TMZ reported that Lana had gotten engaged to Rusev, which Lana confirmed. This led to Lana making her return to WWE TV as a villainess and by Rusev’s side. WWE then took her off of TV until February of 2016 where she was pushed as a singles star.
Lana faced off with Brie Bella in a tag team match on the WrestleMania 32 pre-show. This would be Lana's in-ring debut. After this match, WWE once again put her with Rusev until they were drafted to SmackDown Live earlier this year.
There is a trend here. When Lana and Rusev are together, they have success, but when separated, not so much. Lana has been getting mixed reviews on her in-ring work since joining SmackDown Live as a singles competitor. Thus, she is now back to being a manager for Tamina.
WWE released this fallout video of Lana updating Tamina’s look as she continues to pursue the SmackDown Women’s Title. This led to Naomi not being happy with Lana trying to change Tamina. Thus, a Twitter exchanged insued.
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