In a world where too many women have used WWE as a stepping stone to bigger dreams lies the beautiful and sultry Lana. Starting off as the manager to Rusev, Lana has certainly grown over the years.
This is not to discredit those such as Trish Stratus, Alexa Bliss, and Maria Kanellis to name a few. More of, it is a compliment to those who are willing to make women’s wrestling better. No matter the background, with hard work, extreme dedication, and passion comes success in WWE. These women are just a few prime examples.
Of course, Lana has had success before making it to WWE. With a background in modeling and acting she is the perfect candidate for what the company looks for in female talent. However, Lana came with a drive to succeed even more and that has been prevalent during her time with WWE.
As Rusev’s manager, Lana possessed admirable microphone skills along with a passable Russian accent to add to the character. She brought back some of the old-school style of the heel manager when it came to insulting the fans and talent alike. Her conceited attitude as the Ravishing Russian was icing on the cake needed to make fans want more.
Transitioning from manager to wrestler is never easy and oftentimes, many don’t enjoy the notoriety and success that the aforementioned names have experienced. However in the age of social media, the one thing Lana is consistent with is voicing her intent to work hard.
Lana knows she’s not the best wrestler, she knows she has a ton of work to do. She knows the stigma that comes from a background like hers. She confident enough to tell fans this.
But the fact she even acknowledges her intents is what makes Lana someone to give credit to. She’s not asking for sympathy in the least. It takes time for things to happen, and with the fallout of the Royal Rumble, perhaps this will be a test to see where Lana goes next.
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Frustrations continue to mount for both Lana and Rusev, as stated in Lilian Garcia’s recent podcast. They are a package deal that has so much potential. WWE hasn’t begun to capitalize on what they could do with the couple, considering Rusev’s talent and Lana’s abilities. Rusev should be in the WWE Championship picture, and the fact that he hasn’t got there is a travesty.
Back to Lana, she’s been the victim of the stop and start pushes. From Dolph Ziggler to now, Lana has done what was asked of her despite how terrible the story was. It doesn’t look like she is part of the Women’s Tag Team Championship picture for now, but will she be later? No one knows for sure.
It is said that hard work pays off, but for Lana it’s when does she see the fruits of her labor? Both she and Rusev have been on the main roster about five years now. Do they need a change of scenery? Or do they bow their heads and continue to work hard? It is uncertain what the future holds. If Lana is the best, and she’s number one, WWE is crazy to not take that to heart.
NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?
Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?
The answer is No. It’s not too early.
6. NXT teases us with a Matt Riddle-Arturo Ruas match that went 3 minutes? I know it’s not happening, but those guys deserve a Takeover spot. Kudos to NXT for playing up the mma aspect. Everything from Mauro’s commentary to the ref stoppage made this feel like it should have been in an octagon. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Ruas’ match from the Evolve 10th Anniversary show. Dude is a killer.
5. We got the final opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Everyman Classic. Bronson Reed is good. He delivered what might be the biggest frog splash I’ve ever seen. There is always a place for athletic big men, but he’s not the story.
4. Dexter Lumas is creepy. The key to wrestling is to crank your personality up to 11. If this creepy thing is any part of Dexter Lumas, I don’t want to be in a room with him. I don’t trust him around my kids. I wonder how many crimes against humanity he’s already committed. Creepy in a way that Bray Wyatt can only hope to be.
3. Tyler Breeze enters the running for Savage Burn of the Year. He looked at Jaxson Ryker and asked “Weren’t you Buddy Murphy?” Brutal. That line alone is worth the return of Prince Pretty.
2. I finally got the moment I was waiting for: an interesting KUSHIDA match. I was ready to send him to 205 in exchange for Akira Tozawa. And if this is Apollo Crews, I will gladly take him back full time in NXT. Stellar matchup and worth watching. 4.4 stars.
1. Oh no, this cannot be happening. They’re turning Keith Lee into Kassius Ohno 2.0? He’s talking about getting passed over for the new guys? And he’s jobbing to Damian Priest next week? Been here a year and zero Takeover matches? The Ridiculous Keith Lee deserves better. THIS…CAN…NOT…BE…HAPPENING!!!
Bonus time: Old school versus new generation. Tyler Breeze heads up a cast of NXT OGs to take on Undisputed Era in (cue William Regal voice) War Games to determine NXT supremacy. Keep Apollo around. Throw in Cesaro and Harper, maybe even Samoa Joe, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a brawl. Either that or Undisputed Era versus the Club. I’m cool with both.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!
Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.
I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!
The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.
Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.
Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.
I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.
I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.
So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!