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WWE, Lana and Rusev Get Heat from Media and Fans for Apparent Reference to MH17 Tragedy

– Lana making an apparent reference to the Malaysian flight getting shot down over East Ukraine last week during her promo at WWE Battleground last night is getting picked up by several media outlets, including The Washington Post, and is causing heat from fans on social media. Lana said:

“You blame Russia for the recent current events.”

Below are some tweets from fans:

“When the Malaysia plane tragedy is used for a promo…@WWE you’ve gone too far #WWEBattleground”

“Oh did the WWE just do a Malaysia Airline Tragedy reference? Someone needs to be fired for that”

“Smh #WWE using the #Malaysia tragedy for this promo. #BadTaste”

The Washington Post wrote:

“The first time the WWE used a giant photograph of Russian President Vladimir Putin to elicit boos for its heels Lana and Rusev, a pair of Eastern Europeans who hate the United States, it was largely looked at as a success. A cheap one, sure, but this is pro wrestling we’re talking about and there was almost a certain throwback charm about setting up a classic USA vs. Russia feud.

But on Sunday night’s “Battleground” pay-per-view, the shtick became less amusing and more cringeworthy when CJ Parker Perry, the bilingual American who plays Lana, the acerbic Russian manager of Rusev (who both in real life and in the ring hails from Bulgaria), decided to allude to “recent current events” while ranting on the microphone about how Russia is better than the United States.”

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9 Responses

  1. chewie215 says:

    Better have swagger smash him

  2. Tim M says:

    Wow, she got some heat for comment. Sounds like she is doing her job, good on her. Everyone who got their panties in a bunch over this, needs to lighten up. Wrestling is a mirror to reality, you got a problem with something a wrestler does, you might just want to look at the reality they are copying, and get mad at that.

  3. Denis says:

    Tim she got cheap heat for a tasteless comment. Yes wrestling mirrors reality sometimes, but you have to know what the boundaries are. Using a real life tragedy is never OK, especially one as senseless as this. She might have “done her job” but how would you have felt if one of your friends or relatives were on that plane? She could have gotten just as much heat without making that comment.

  4. dooman says:

    entertainment and a show has nothing to do with whats going on in the world

  5. Stonz says:

    Same here, it’s entertainment people! Get over it! I thought it was a pretty damn good way to get additional heat generated. IT’S PRO WRESTLING!!!! Whether WWE says it is or not, it is, so deal with it folks.

    On that note, bring back Mohammed Hassan lol.

  6. joe says:

    I don’t mind the comment so much because she didn’t reference the plane crash. But I honestly don’t care for her character it’s a total ripoff of Bridgette Nielsen from Rocky 4. It’s cute to do parody’s but this is a lifted character. And Rusev is keeping swagger busy but I think it’s time to match him up with Sheamus and give him a run at the U.S. Championship.

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  8. raven12516 says:

    Did she actually say Malaysian flight?” I didn’t hear her say that!

  9. T says:

    It was implied and it was cheap heat. Wrestling fans should be smart enough not to fall for cheap heat. It is lazy writing and I thought fans had evolved since the 1950’s

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