Former WWE star Lana, real name CJ Perry, was the guest this week on Chris Jericho’s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast to discuss a wide range of topics.
During it, she noted that she was supposed to take a tenth table spot from Nia Jax at last year’s Survivor Series event, but that was nixed due to a match with Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns.
“We were supposed to do this whole table spot on the show, and then Roman did not want that because he had a table spot with [Drew McIntyre],” Perry revealed. “There was some major pushback between the Samoans, Nia and Roman. I’m caught in the middle. We had a huge spot.
“I was supposed to be laid out in the very beginning. I was supposed to get in the ring, and Nia snatched me because the whole point was that everyone on the team were heels. I was the only ‘babyface’, and they were going to be all against me and she was gonna lay me out.
“And then at the end, I had this whole sequence with Bianca [Belair], and Bayley was supposed to get involved and cheat. We were all so excited about it. I was excited I was gonna get to wrestle, then there’s the whole Samoan rivalry that happens.”
Instead of a table spot, Perry shared why her plans were changed to her having little involvement in the match.
“So the whole table spot got taken out, and then Vince thought it would be hilarious if I didn’t get in the match at all,” Perry recalled. “Nia would not let me get in at all, and then I win because everyone gets eliminated, and he thought that was the most hilarious thing. Shane McMahon thought it was hilarious. They’re like, this has never been done before, and in many ways, I understand because Undertaker was retiring that day and I understand, let’s give something different on the show.
“I get that business side of it all, but it was really dramatic. There was all this stuff happening. I’m crying in a corner because I’m like, I just want to wrestle. I’m calling Nattie. ‘Nattie, I’m hiding in this corner and crying. I just want to wrestle. I want to prove myself,’ and Nattie’s like, ‘You’re still winning? Who cares?’ And I’m like, ‘No, I want to prove myself.’ TJ [Wilson] really wanted me to get in and wrestle a little bit, and then Nia was gonna kick me out and say you have to stand there.
“He had to even fight for that with Vince because he was like, ‘No, I think it’s important for her to show that she’s improving in the ring. That’s the babyface side of it is that she does want to get in and wrestle, and they’re telling her, go f**k off and stand out there.’ And that would have gotten a huge reaction. In some ways, I understood Vince was trying to recreate what Miro did to me in 2015. They would be like, ‘We want Lana.’ He would send me to a different part. They kicked me out, and the whole place boos. Those things really resonate with crowds.”
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