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 The Ravishing Russian
Height: 5'7'
From: Moscow

Lana, real name CJ Perry, grew up in wealthy family in Russia. At just nine years old, she attended an elite ballet school, where she became a professional dancer. She says that if she messed up they would throw shoes and chairs at her, making her life was much harder than the typical American teenager.

Lana grew up in one of the wealthiest parts of Moscow, having two cooks, three drivers, four maids, two nannies, and a gardener. Lana and her family also have a summer home in Latvia, as well as other homes and penthouses in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles.

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WWE’s Lana: Ready to Show the Woman She Really is on Total Div...
 
Published by:
  2016/11/16
 

The WWE Universe knows Lana as the commanding beauty standing alongside the beast known as Rusev.

These same fans are in for an eye-opening experience as the “Ravishing Russian” sheds the trademark accent and opens her life up for the world to see on Total Divas. Lana, real name C.J. Perry, joins the cast of the reality series when it premieres Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8/7CT on E!.

Plans for her to be on the show can be traced as far back as Season 2. At that point Lana remembers having only been in developmental for around six months. Even though initial interviews were done for it, Summer Rae ended up filling the open spot. Lana saw this it as a blessing in disguised.

“A month later I debuted with Rusev at Royal Rumble, and it would have been way too soon for me to come out as the Russian American that I am,” she said. “We had a great first year doing a lot of Russian patriotic, Vladimir Putin stuff on Raw. I think seeing my American family on Total Divas might have hurt the gimmick or confused the fans a bit. Then season four again they talked about it. I’ve always wanted to be on the show. I think it’s a great show. I think Total Divas has brought the women more mainstream and so many opportunities. However, I’ve always thought if I’m supposed to be on the show I’ll be on the show. It’s all about timing.

“Season 4 came and it was a big conversation whether they wanted the accent or didn’t want the accent. Did they want Rusev on the show because I was feuding with him onscreen because I was with Dolph Ziggler. The timing was always off. This was the perfect timing. It felt like it was okay for me to come on the show and fully be myself and not have to put on the accent or not.”

Despite her background as a dancer, actress and overall performer, Lana found the idea of Total Divas to be nerve-wracking. Now fans would see the woman behind the persona.

“You are going to see me for me,” she said. “And the truth is we all want to be liked as human beings. It’s human nature. We all want to be loved and accepted. Here I’m going to be vulnerable and let you into my life to see who I am. I have always protected my character, and Rusev has always protected his character. That said, I have always wanted to do interviews as myself like this because it’s who I am.

“Lana is 100 percent an extension of me, but just one side of me. I feel that’s what I get really excited about because on Total Divas you are going to see other sides of me. I feel it will also show I created this character. I grew up in Russia. I lived there for 13 years. I had crazy teachers who would yell at me and throw their bags at me at a Russian ballet school. That’s where I created this whole thing where I yell at Rusev when he isn’t doing well because that’s how they are.”

A big part of this season of Total Divas is the planning and wedding(s) of Lana and Rusev. The culture clash between the two becomes evident.

“Rusev is definitely the ‘Bulgarian Brut,’” Lana said. “He thinks Bulgaria is the greatest country in the world. I think maybe not. They may have some good feta cheese. He is like, ‘No, America is not as great as Bulgaria.’ I argue back, ‘But you live in America and you make a living in America and live in Nashville, Tennessee. You are going to see a lot of that conflict that you don’t see on Raw.

“On Total Divas you are going to see the American side of me, and my DNA is American. I grew up in Russia, so there is the discipline and that point-of-view. I appreciate America as the land of opportunity. It’s the land where you can see your dreams come true if you work hard. My parents are American. His parents are Bulgarian. So you are going to see this conflict a lot. When I had the Bulgarian wedding, I almost flew home and left just because there was some serious conflict. It was really hard. Those are the challenges that we have to work through. You will see when you tune into the show.”

There are also some lighthearted moments as Rusev can be funny. It’s his humor that initially caught the attention of Lana. She credits the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes for putting the couple together.

“I was notorious at NXT for having constant pitches and ideas,” she remembered. “I was that girl who would come in every day to Dusty Rhodes with a 10-page pitch for characters and posters of character development. I had a lot of ideas. My third day and first promo class I started speaking Russian. He pulls me to the side and says, ‘Baby, I want you working with Rusenoff.’

“I finally realized that was the Bulgarian I actually met the night before at a tanning salon. We started working together. I think I motivate him. He always jokes, ‘You are the brains of the gimmick. You have the promos and I take the bumps.’ I would have him come over every day basically coming up with different skits and things. It was a lot of fun. We’ve always had a lot of fun. That’s the most important thing.”

Lana is grateful to Total Divas’ staples Nikki and Brie Bella for helping her along the way. She refers to them as mentors.

“I always go and ask them questions,” she said.

“There are times where I get so stressed out. They can relate because they came from a modeling background as well. They weren’t on the independent scene or come from a wrestling family like Nattie. They’ve helped me with being able to transition from Raw and SmackDown to having the reality show cameras on me. They encourage me to keep practicing and wrestling because the day is going to come that WWE is going to say, ‘You’re wrestling tonight.’ That’s why I’m training because I do want to be an in-ring competitor, but it’s about timing.”

Natalya is another Lana cites when it comes to being there for support. At the same time, she describes their interaction as a love-hate relationship.

“She is a veteran I look up to because she is an amazing story-teller and in-ring competitor,” she said. “I will go to her for advice, but I kind of drive her, crazy and she drives me crazy as well. You see a lot of that on the show. She helped me plan my wedding, which almost turned into a big disaster. You’re going to see a lot. We always make up in the end … even though there are times I want to pull her hair out.”

Early on in the Total Divas season, Lana is in her debut match at WrestleMania in front of more than 100,000 in Dallas. She is a big proponent of counting your blessings and how being a good person can manifest your destiny. In her eyes, the sky is the limit for the future.

“I would always joke around that my first match will be at WrestleMania. Sure enough that is what happened. That’s where you see me on Total Divas. It’s really exciting. I don’t know how this will impact the Lana character. It’s all entertainment, and we are here to put smiles on people’s faces. I think I’m an example of that. Here I am as a Russian American, but I play a bad guy and speak in a Russian accent. It shows how we are characters and extensions for ourselves. I hope it brings more awareness to the brand and what we actually do.

“I think I will surprise people. I think I’m a lot quirkier than what people envision. I’m a little eccentric. You are going to see another side of me, so I really hope everyone tunes in and watches. I look forward to taking viewers on this ride. Anything can happen.”

Total Divas premieres Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8/7CT on E!

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Rusev and Lana get engaged
 
Published by:
  2015/10/12
 

As first reported by TMZ, former U.S. Champion Rusev and Lana are engaged. The Ravishing Russian had been romantically linked to Dolph Ziggler in recent months and Rusev fielded a proposal from Summer Rae just last week, but it would appear that any lingering problems between the power couple have been resolved. Why did Lana have a change of heart? Lana confirmed as much when reached for comment by WWE.com.

“It’s very obvious Rusev proposed to me,” said Lana. “If you watched Rusev and Summer, Rusev has always loved me. He was just so devastated about me picking Dolph that he went with Summer to make me jealous. But at the end of the day, we know we’re good for each other.”

The Ravishing Russian elaborated that the engagement was motivated both by romantic interest and something far more crucial to the Eastern European natives: self-preservation.

“I am from the former Soviet Union; Rusev grew up in Bulgaria, and one common thread they teach you there is to survive,” said Lana. “The winters get very cold and they get very dark. We do what we need to do to survive. This is what is happening. We will be leaving the greatest legacy this company and the WWE Universe has ever seen.”

While Lana harbored no hard feelings for The Showoff — “He’s very funny and he’s charming, but he is not The Super Athlete” — she also looked forward to getting Rusev back to brutish roots after Summer Rae exposed a softer side of the former U.S. Champion.

“With me, Rusev was the undefeated Super Athlete. He listened to what I said, he was very focused. We made each other better. He challenged me and I challenged him. Summer has made him so soft that he hasn’t won. You tell me, who is the better pick?”

What will become of The Bulgarian Brute now that Lana is back in his corner? Tune into Raw live at 8/7C on USA Network for more.

WWE.com

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Lana injured while training in Fairfax, Virginia
 
Published by:
  2015/09/07
 

FAIRFAX, Va., 9/7/15 — WWE Diva Lana suffered a wrist injury while working out in the ring before a WWE Live Event in Fairfax, Virginia, this past weekend, WWE.com has learned.

“During a training session [Sunday] afternoon, Lana had sustained an injury in the ring. We attended to her and noticed that she had a deformity of her wrist,” said WWE’s senior ringside physician Dr. Scott Amann.

Dr. Amann continued, “We obtained X-rays which showed a Colles’ fracture and [we put her] in a splint. Most of these Colles’ fractures do better surgically than non-surgically, especially in younger patients. Most likely this will require an operation, which will take her out of active competition for approximately four months.”

Update 9/11/15 – 1:56 p.m.

Today, Dr. Chris Amann reported on Lana’s successful surgery, which took place on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.

“Lana underwent open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of a left distal radius fracture with a volar plate,” he explained. “The fracture was stabilized and returned to its normal anatomic position during the surgery using the volar plate and screws. Lana did very well without any complications and is expected to make a full recovery.”

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Dolph Ziggler talks developing chemistry with Lana on IGN.com
 
Published by:
  2015/08/23
 

IGN: What’s it been like to work a romance storyline on the show?

Dolph Ziggler: Oh, come on. I’ve usually got some girl on my arm. [laughs]

IGN: But this is different for you. You’re getting more in-ring segments. And a lot of kissing time too.

Ziggler: Honestly, though, it is a little weird because I’m used to only thinking for myself. Running out in matches, doing my own thing, watching my own back and that’s it. Not having a tag partner. Not having someone to think about. But as I slowly got to know Lana a bit more, we developed a bit more chemistry. We started watching each other’s back. And soon we started knowing what the other was thinking. And the more we get to do it together, the more we’ll become a well-oiled unit. So it’s very interesting. Instead of just going down there beating someone up and leaving, I’m smooching a girl, superkicking people and walking out. So you never know. It’s good to do something different. It can’t just always be me going out there by myself. So it’s adding layers to my character and I’m really lucky to be doing it.

IGN: Could a mixed tag match be around the corner?

Ziggler: Absolutely. I think if the four of us keep finding ourselves in these situations, it’s definitely a possibility. While I was gone, the girls were throwing down with each other and rolling around in the ring. I feel like it seems inevitable. I have no idea of anything concrete coming, but hopefully we settle this on Sunday.

-Source

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Lana mentioned on “The Ross Report” with Lisa Marie ...
 
Published by:
  2015/01/21
 

Former WWE Diva & TNA Knockout, Lisa Marie Varon was a guest on “The Ross Report” with Jim Ross. Lana was briefly mentioned on the podcast.

Lisa Marie mentions that Lana said she wanted to be a wrestler and asked her for pointers. She also says she trains at the WWE Performance Center. Lana is mentioned at the 59:55 point. You can listen to the podcast in its entirely by clicking here.

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Plans for Lana and Rusev revealed?
 
Published by:
  2014/06/07
 

WrestlingNewsSource.com (by way of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter) are reporting that WWE has a set direction for Lana and Rusev from here on out:

It was recently reported that WWE officials are looking at Rusev and Lana as being a bit like the modern-day Umaga and Armando Alejandro Estrada and Rusev could end up being booked in a similar fashion to Umaga’s initial push in 2006.

Perhaps not surprisingly, there is some discussion going on about eventually putting Rusev in a feud against John Cena. As fans may remember, John Cena ended up being the first man to soundly defeat “The Samoan Bulldozer” after Umaga went undefeated in WWE for approximately nine months.

No word yet on when exactly WWE might put Rusev in a feud against Cena.

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Washington Post blogs on Vladimir Putin’s Extreme Rules De...
 
Published by:
  2014/05/05
 

WWE’s “Extreme Rules” pay-per-view proved to be, well, extreme. Kane, aka “the devil’s favorite demon,” fell through a table lit on fire, and Bray Wyatt introduced “Little Johnny,” a creepster of a kid with the electronically altered voice of man. But the most extreme bit that happened during Sunday’s three-hour broadcast may have been when Russia President Vladimir Putin’s face splashed across the Titantron.

Was this CNN or the WWE Network? Who cares. It was awesome. This next-level geopolitical trolling came from Lana, “the Ravishing Russian,” who dedicated the match of her client, the giant Bulgarian Rusev, to the much-maligned Russian president. She used the kind of melodramatic language that makes pro wrestling more than a display of athleticism, but a full theatrical production.

Here’s what Lana, embodied by American model and actress C.J. Perry, said:

“Tonight we dedicate this match to the man that makes fools out of all you Americans; tonight we dedicate this match to the man that I respect more than any other man; He is my role model; he is my idol — the president of Russia!”

That’s when Putin’s expressionless, larger-than-life visage appeared and Big-Brothered the arena, which echoed with an impressive chorus of boos. That heat would continue as Rusev, now a resident of Russia, according to the story line, went on to crush his opponents, R-Truth and Xavier Woods.

The match, however, won’t be what this night will be remembered for. It’s Putin, the WWE’s best new heel.

Washington Post

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Lana’s theme released on iTunes
 
Published by:
  2014/04/21
 

Today, our girl’s theme was released on iTunes. Entitled “Attention!”, it is available for purchase in the iTunes store. Click the cover ahead to enter iTunes and purchase the tune.

WWE: Внимание! (Attention!) [Lana] - Single, CFO$
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Jim Ross praises Alexander Rusev & Lana
 
Published by:
  2014/04/09
 

WWE Hall Famer, Jim Ross praised both Alexander Rusev & Lana in his latest blog on his official website, commenting on the events of Monday Night Raw which saw the in-ring debut of Rusev. Check out what he had to say about the duo below.

I’m optimistic that Alexander Rusev and Lana can be hits within the WWE. Rusev is an athletic big man while Lana is one of the most unique and marketable females to arrive in WWE in a long while. I love her accent and delivery.

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Lana manages Main Event & Smackdown Dark Matches
 
Published by:
  2014/01/29
 

Lana worked her very first main roster matches, as she managed Alexander Rusev on both Main Event & Smackdown Dark matches as Rusev defeated Tyson Kidd at both events.

Rusev went solo at the WWE Royal Rumble in which was his first main roster appearance which kept many people wondering if Lana would join him on the main roster and judging from the recent events it looks like WWE will be having her up on the main roster as well.

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