WWE star Rusev was recently a guest on the Bulgarian media show “At Cafe” to discuss several professional wrestling topics. Rusev discussed meeting Lana and how they started working together in WWE, having two weddings, and which wedding attendees preferred.
Here are the highlights:
Meeting Lana: “We met after moving with WWE from Tampa to Orlando,” Rusev said. “We met the first day when everybody is introduced to one another. That’s when I met Lana. She didn’t even remember me [that time] because you’re meeting hundreds people on a single day. The following day I saw her at the solarium, we introduced ourselves to each other and we started talking.
“Everyday we trained different things and [aspects of pro-wrestling]. One of these training days is about microphone work and [performance]. She spoke perfect Russian because she used to live in Latvia for twelve years. Our trainer [Dusty Rhodes] was amazed by that, by her perfect English and perfect Russian.
“I was slowly heading up the ranks and he said ‘If you want to get the most [out of your future career] you need to work together’ and that’s how [our relationship] started. Slowly from just talking on purely wrestling topics, by spending more time together, love happened.”
Having two weddings: “Lana always wanted to get married on the beach,” Rusev said “We had an in ring celebration one time. We had a big cake out [in the ring] but Roman Reigns came and hit me and I accidentally pushed Lana and she fell through the cake. She was all in pink, her face, her hair, everything was [a mess]. We went on our honeymoon after that show.
“I actually wore my real costume from my wedding at the show and it was tarnished. We went to the Seychelles and there was so much washing and cleaning, we had cake everywhere, in our ears, especially her but it was a great show. We always had the plan for two weddings because I wanted a Bulgarian wedding. I’ve never been to a [Bulgarian] wedding myself so the first one was my own.
“We included every tradition possible. Before we get to the wedding [I have to say] I wanted to show Bulgaria to Lana’s parents, family. My mom took the initiative and organized a trip. The wedding itself was amazing, it was [once in a lifetime]. It had every tradition, you can see even that long thing [a long traditional veil] with 6 people that had to carry it, everything.
“We got married in Plovdiv because it’s my city and I love it. I wanted to show Bulgaria in its full beauty. America is a great and amazing country but it doesn’t have our traditions and I wanted everyone to see what it’s like to a Bulgarian.”
Which wedding attendees preferred: “Everyone liked the Bulgarian [wedding] more,” Rusev said. “The American one was good but this [is something else]. Her father started crying! He said. ‘It’s so beautiful, you have everything here. Simply amazing.'”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions