Lana Recalls Triple H Pulling Her Aside, Says Vince McMahon Was Unsure About Her Pairing With Rusev

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WWE Superstars Lana and Rusev recently appeared on “Talk is Jericho”. During the interview, Lana revealed how the couple originally came together in WWE NXT and more. You can read some highlights from the interview below:

On her audition for WWE: “Finally, there were on of the final callbacks and there were about 40 of us girls. And, literally, standing in front of me is Lexi and standing behind me is JoJo. And I’m, like, looking at Lexi’s, Alexa Bliss, yeah, so she’s standing in front of me with her perfect, little bikini body. And JoJo’s going in there singing and all these crazy things. And I’m like, ‘ahh, there’s just no way, there’s just no way.’ I just started speaking Russian. So it was Triple H right in front of me, Kristin Prouty, Canyon [Ceman], Bill DeMott, and so, I literally just start speaking in Russian. And then, I go, I switch over to speaking perfect English. And I knew I got their attention from their reaction and all of their faces. I was like, ‘okay, and I can breakdance.’”

On Dusty Rhodes putting her & Rusev together: “Yeah, he put us [together]. Literally, my first promo class, afterwards, I went up to him and he was like, ‘I want you to work with Rusenoff.’ And then, we played around with several things for a month or two, so many things.”

On Vince McMahon being unsure of the Rusev/Lana pairing: “Vince loved Rusev. He was like, ‘I want the monster’ and we had been a gimmick together in NXT and everyone loved us together as a gimmick. And I remember Hunter pulling me aside and he’s like, ‘Vince is still deciding, does he want Rusev by himself or does he want him with you?’ And he was like, ‘so I just want to be honest with you and up front. We don’t know and we’re all fighting for it. We think you guys are special as a unit.’ And I remember my heart dropping and being like, ‘oh my gosh! Are you kidding me?’”


On Triple H pulling her to one side and telling her to be more serious [She & Rusev had been doing a lot of comedy]: “We did the comedy stuff for a little bit and I remember Hunter saw it. And he pulled me aside and he was like, ‘I want you to try something serious. I want you to try something serious and try some different hairstyles and outfits. I want you to try an accent.’” Lana remembered, “after a few weeks of serious promos, I was put on NXT TV with him as his manager.”


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