Lana Talks About Being on WWE Total Divas, Her In-Ring Future, Rusev, More
Lana recently spoke with CraveOnline to promote WWE Studios’ “Interrogation” with Edge. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:
You wrestled at WrestleMania this year. Are there any plans for you to return to the ring any time soon?
I would love to do it but when the time is right. It was always a dream for me to do my debut match at WrestleMania and people would laugh at me. People would laugh at me all the time for my crazy ideas. Reach for the stars and at the very least, you will get the moon and so I would say my first match is going to be at WrestleMania and people would laugh at me and sure enough it happened.
So right now I’ve been filming a lot of things for Total Divas and focusing on my weddings so when all of that passes, I’m sure you will see a lot more of me in the ring.
What do you and Rusev love to do when you’re not performing?
We like to snorkel and scuba dive. I love the beach. I grew up on the Baltic Sea. I love the beach, I love the water, I love surfing and swimming. Rusev did not like any of that when he first met me. I took him to Hawaii and told him, ‘Trust me. Put these goggles on and let’s go scuba diving.’ Now he’s obsessed. He’s like a little kid with his little snorkel. We just went to Anguilla a couple of weeks ago and I was wondering where he was and the next thing I know, I see his green little snorkel thing sticking out as he is exploring the Caribbean Sea. We’re going to do that on our honeymoon a lot.
What has your experience been like as the newest cast member of Total Divas?
You can expect ratings to go through the roof [laughs] with Lana on TV. We’re manifesting to be the highest rated season yet. I have had an incredible experience. It has been so fun being on Total Divas. I have got a lot closer to the girls. I guess it’s the Russian side of me that takes me a long time to get close to people. It took about two and a half years for me to finally make friends with some of these girls.
I’m excited because basically, we’re taking you backstage and opening up the curtain on Rusev and me. You’ve seen us together the last three years on TV but now you’re going to see a lot more of our relationship. To be honest, I think a lot of people will fall in love with him [Rusev] because they’re going to see this other side of him that I’ve always been able to see and he’s really fun. I don’t know if people know that but he’s a really funny guy.
So you’ll see his humor, you’ll see my in-ring debut, and the challenges I faced with ‘Do I valet or do I wrestle?’ You’ll see a lot of stuff of us preparing for the wedding and you will learn a lot more about what has defined me. Lana is an extension of myself.
At the end of the day, what do you want out of all of this?
I want to be a voice to young children and women and people of all ages to go for their dreams, to be resilient and have courage. Don’t let fear motivate you. The American Dream says that all things are possible and I genuinely believe that. I love being here in WWE. I love performing and entertaining but what I want to really share is a stronger voice to the people and empower women to show that women and girls can do anything. Don’t ever let your gender stop you from chasing dreams.
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