According to a post by WWE Hall of Famer Edge (Adam Copeland) on Twitter, the filming has wrapped up for the upcoming WWE Studios release Interrogation. The film co-stars current WWE manager Lana (C.J. Perry), and the reason that she has been off WWE television for several weeks (except for, of course, WrestleMania 31) is because she was filming her role in the movie.
This is the first WWE Studios production that Lana has starred in, although she does have experience in film prior to entering WWE. Lana has appeared in several television shows, as well as a couple of movies in the past. She was professionally trained in acting at the Groundling School in Los Angeles, so it should come as no surprise that a girl who attended Florida State University plays the role of Lana, The Ravishing Russian, so well on WWE television.
Lana will make her full-time return to WWE television this week on WWE SmackDown, which was taped Tuesday night in Fresno, California.
The question now becomes, what direction will WWE take the Lana character? The company has clearly been teasing heat between Lana and her real-life and on-air boyfriend Rusev. The first indication of a possible split happened on the March 9 edition of WWE RAW, when Lana agreed to put Rusev’s WWE United States title on the line at WrestleMania 31 in a match against John Cena. Lana was then off television for a couple of weeks, with fans left to assume that Rusev was perhaps angry at her for agreeing to the title match. Lana returned at WrestleMania 31 and inadvertently cost Rusev his championship when he ran into her on the ring apron. Lana fell to the ground, sold an ankle injury, and Rusev walked to the back without her.
A split with Rusev might not be the best idea for Lana, but it appears to be the direction the company is going at this time. It’s certainly possible that WWE could change directions, and as viewers will see on this week’s edition of SmackDown, Lana is continuing to appear at Rusev’s side.
One of the more concerning aspects of an on-air split between Lana and Rusev (besides the fact that it’s hard to imagine where Lana could possibly take the Russian character without Rusev) is the effect it could have on the couple’s real life relationship. Often times in wrestling history, it has occurred where an on-air split leads to a real-life split. Rusev and Lana recently purchased an expensive mansion in Nashville, Tennessee together and appear to be a very happy couple. A television split between Lana and her boyfriend could have a negative impact on their real-life relationship.
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