It’s been a while since fans have seen Lana and Rusev appear on WWE programming, but they’ve been part of some interesting moments over the last few years.
Rusev recently opened up about his relationship with Lana during an interview with At Cafe, and he noted that they first met when WWE moved its developmental territory from Tampa to Orlando.
“We met after moving with WWE from Tampa to Orlando. We met the first day when everybody is introduced to one another. That’s when I met Lana. She didn’t even remember me [that time] because you’re meeting hundreds people on a single day.”
Rusev went on to say that after Dusty Rhodes discovered Lana could speak perfect Russian he suggested that they should work together, and their relationship progressed from there.
“The following day I saw her at the solarium, we introduced ourselves to each other and we started talking. Everyday we trained different things and [aspects of pro-wrestling]. One of these training days is about microphone work and [performance]. She spoke perfect Russian because she used to live in Latvia for twelve years. Our trainer [Dusty Rhodes] was amazed by that, by her perfect English and perfect Russian. I was slowly heading up the ranks and he said ‘If you want to get the most [out of your future career] you need to work together’ and that’s how [our relationship] started. Slowly from just talking on purely wrestling topics, by spending more time together, love happened.”
Lana and Rusev are currently taking time away from WWE. There’s no word on when they might return.
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