WWE's "Ravishing Russian" Lana has been off of WWE television for nearly two weeks due to her being involved in WWE Films latest project entitled Interrogation. The last time Lana was seen on WWE TV, she accepted John Cena's WrestleMania challenge to Rusev, which created tension between Lana and the "Bulgarian Brute."
While Lana has been away, Rusev officially accepted John Cena's challenge on last week's RAW in a segment that turned out to be a debacle, as Rusev was accompanied to the ring by his "Russian lawyer," who had an obvious southern accent. Shortly after the lawyer began to speak, Vince McMahon directed JBL to mock the lawyer for being a phony Russian, while the live audience began chanting "WE WANT LANA!"
According to several reports, Lana is scheduled to return at WrestleMania, as WWE seamstress Sandra Grey has said that she's working on a new outfit that Lana will wear at WrestleMania.
Most WWE fans are expecting Rusev to lose the United States Championship to John Cena at WrestleMania, and as of right now, that's still the plan, and has been for some time now. If Cena does defeat Rusev, it will be the first defeat by pin-fall or submission of Rusev's career.
There have been rumors that Lana will not accompany Rusev to the ring at WrestleMania, but she will make an appearance during the US Title match, and cost John Cena the victory once again, which would likely add one more month to the Rusev vs. John Cena storyline. There's also been rumors that Lana will turn on Rusev at WrestleMania, which seems a bit far-fetched, but, anything can happen.
Some people in WWE are concerned that Rusev losing to John Cena will kill his momentum, much like it killed Bray Wyatt's momentum last year, which could lead to Vince McMahon changing his mind on the finish. But, WrestleMania is typically a show where WWE wants to send the fans home happy, which is why John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt last year, and is why he'll likely defeat Rusev this year.
Nobody knows exactly how long John Cena will hold the United States Championship if he wins it, but his title win could lead to a title unification match with whoever holds the Intercontinental Championship after WrestleMania, which most people believe will be either Daniel Bryan or Dean Ambrose.
Regardless of who wins, Rusev and John Cena will likely continue their rivalry after WrestleMania, and have the blow-off match at next month's Extreme Rules in Chicago, Illinois.
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