The WWE could possibly be without the services of "The Ravishing Russian" Lana had it not been for former WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella.
Lana got her break in the WWE by serving as the manager of former WWE United States Champion, and her real-life husband, Rusev. Lana and Rusev had a on and off again relationship on WWE TV before being split up as singles competitors on SmackDown Live. Rusev is now on his own after having learned English while Lana is serving as a manager to Tamina Snuka.
Aside from managing Tamina, Lana also competes inside the ring on SmackDown Live occasionally, however, her in-ring skills are not up to par with the rest of the roster and she has a lot more work to do.
It was a rough road for Lana to get to where she is in WWE, and she credits a lot of it to former Divas Champion and fiancee of John Cena, Nikkia Bella. During a recent interview with E! News, Lana claimed had it not been for Bella she'd likely have quit WWE (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"Nikki has helped me so, so, so much," Lana said. "There have been times in my wrestling journey—and you're going to see this on the show—when I've gotten discouraged because the success doesn't come overnight. It's a lot of getting in there and failing.
"She was really the person that kept on encouraging me not to give up, to be resilient, to be brave and to have courage.
"At times, I would think maybe I shouldn't continue to pursue my dream of competing in that ring, but she kept on telling me not to give up and keep on training.
"I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for Nikki Bella."
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