Lana comments on the “toxic environment” in WWE

Mar 31, 2022 - by James Walsh

Former WWE star CJ Perry (Lana) wrote the following in a post on Instagram…

“Thank you for all the amazing #Birthday wishes! Swipe to see my crazy past year! The last couple of days have been so emotional for me when I look back on everything that has happened to me this past year. From being on a poster at #Wrestlemania, having a match with one of my best friends & favorite dance partners @trinity_fatu at #Wrestlemania, filming the craziest reality show reboot for @viacom_intl #SurrealLife ! Living in the house with ICONIC LEGENDS !!!! @tamarbraxton thank you for helping me deal with my mental health & anxiety❤️! I can’t believe I booked 2 movies in the past 6 months! On my birthday I was filming an action movie where I play an Assassin for @paramountplus where I was blowing up cars & kicking strong men’s asses! Talk about a complete 180 from WWE only wanting me to wear pink, have blonde hair & having MY ASS kicked ! 😂 I had the most amazing time with my sister & family this past year, because I finally had some free time & wasn’t on the road with #WWE 300 days of the year! @natbynature @tjwilson711 @yaonlylivvonce thank you for BELIEVING in me when I had no confidence left. On my birthday I was able to film & celebrate being alive & healthy another year with actors that I have looked up to for years!I am so beyond grateful. I can’t believe how far life has come in a year & how brain washed I was from the toxic environment that I had worked in for 8 years. I allowed it to define my identity & self worth. Change can be hard friends but let me tell you, if you keep pushing forward no matter what, if you refuse to have one human’s opinion define your destiny, if you refuse to be put in a box by a corporation or society & you keep the blinders on and walk by faith then your life will become more then your wildest dreams. Have the audacity to chase the BIG dreams. Chase them passionately. Have an undeniable work ethic. Be teachable. Take calculated risk ! Be brave. Take responsibility when wrong. It’s ok to make mistakes as long as we LEARN.

To all my friends in show business & wrestling REMEMBER we are playing MAKE BELIEVE so have FUN ! Be kind. Forgive. Always walk in love.”

4 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Too bad you had to live thru sll the WWE experience & get oaid to have a little bit of exposure. The WWE made you known. Thank God you husband is irrelevant so he didn’t have to suffer from being famous & get a shot at tv shows/movies
    Cuz of WWE fame. Dang what a shame

  2. Mudshow Mark says:

    @Steve whether or not what she went through was truly terrible or not, there is easily credence to it. There’s been several reports and interviews from talent specifically about saying how negative of an environment WWE has been the last few years. And there are plenty who said they stayed for the money. Because they couldn’t get paid close to that anywhere else. But sometimes that isn’t worth the mental toll and talents take too long to realize that.

    I didn’t care much for Lana as a character and maybe that is because the way she was portrayed and she lost all the time. She didn’t bury anyone here or really complain too much. She’s just sharing her experience.

    Before you respond with sarcasm, consider that.

  3. Stonz says:

    I agree with ^^ Mark up there.

  4. Joseph says:

    I guess it depends on what they mean by “toxic environment”. Jon Moxley said in an interview with Chris Jericho that it was a toxic environment because they didn’t allow him to do his own promos and wrestle the matches the way he wanted. Lana said that they wanted her to wear pink and have blonde hair. If this is what they mean by toxic I’m sorry, but I don’t really see this as being toxic. I see this as the WWE hiring them to play certain characters and wanting those characters to look and act a certain way.

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