Lana on Vince McMahon’s love of a current television show, the Rocky movie influence on her character, continuing to train for a match at the WWE Performance Center

The Tomorrow Show with guest Lana
Hosts: Keven Undergaro and Sean Waltman
Available at Thetomorrowshow.com

Lana on her goals before pregnancy: “Oh my Gosh, there are so many things. I definitely would like to wrestle…for sure. I mean, I would love to be women’s champion before a child. Why not? Like I said it’s WWE anything can happen. It’s sports entertainment.”

Lana on Vince McMahon teaching her to to keep “evolving”: “I’ve learned so many things from Vince McMahon, I mean he’s just like…knowledge of stuff…But like one thing he told me, about even like my character…Lana, of being like..I have to, Lana has to evolve, just like as humans we have to keep on evolving and keep on changing, and we should never stop changing, and we should never stop evolving, and I was like, ‘whoa, that’s really deep, let me take that with me for life!’”

On who came up with the Lana’s persona and the Rocky IV influence: “Triple H actually was a big person and Dusty Rhodes telling me to watch Rocky IV and um, instantly I was like, ‘Is that? You want me to be this? You want me to be that serious person?’ Because I feel like I’m a light-hearted person, I love comedy, and even all the stuff I was doing at WWE when I first came to developmental was, everything was more like light-hearted stuff. So I’m like, ‘Rocky IV?’…But that’s what we did when I saw it, we tried it, started doing that influence…I watched it a lot.”

On the Enzo Amore and Rusev story: “The hotel stuff was awesome. The thing that we did with the hotel actually Triple H produced the whole thing. So, that was great. I mean he took it to a whole other level. He made the whole pre-tape and backstage so much better.”

On Vince McMahon and Dusty Rhodes bringing their love of Game of Thrones to the WWE: “I know he [Vince] loves Game of Thrones…Yeah, he loves Game of Thrones and he loves Cersei, yeah. [Sean Waltman mentioned Dusty Rhodes was a big fan of the HBO show] Oh, so that’s another inspiration, so it’s just so funny this is why you should watch a lot of things because I think you can get inspiration from a lot of things. So he, um, the whole kind of idea of me controlling the brute was Dusty’s idea which is an interesting spin, so it becomes not just like Russian, but it was like I was in charge of the brute, was and the more of like the conniving character, was Dusty’s idea from Khaleesi. She controls the dragons and that was like everything, and Dusty was so forward for his time like we… Dusty was so brilliant, but he would um, he basically predicted everything that we, me and Rusev, eventually did on TV.”

On the impact that WWE producer Ryan Katz had on her: “Oh my gosh I love Ryan Katz!…He’s amazing!…He was the first person to say the Rocky IV…He was um, he was actually with me in my tryout, um, we got the job together, so they were trying him out for film, at my tryout, they were using him, the documenter, and then he got, they hired him from that and he… I remember I would, I would text him, cause he’s so creative, like his mind, he’s so brilliant.. Oh my gosh, I love him, he’s one of my close, close friends and… I would text him and like oh let’s shoot this promo, I’m not even signed to WWE and he would come over to my apartment and we would like shoot these promos and like create. He’s just such a creative mind, but he always was like, ‘I love you, like happy go-lucky, I love…” I like you know, cause he knows how I am… But when he when I first started in developmental, I think you should do really the Russian thing, I think you should just mock the Rocky IV thing, I think you should be really serious and really stern and really Russian and I’m like, ‘uhhh’…Like uhh really? …Like I have to be serious all the time?”

Lana on training to wrestle during her free time at NXT: “I don’t like to overly plan life but I’ve trained, I’ve been training since the beginning of getting there and so it’s like would like to reap the reward of all like those days off that I go. I mean, I go to the NXT (WWE Performance Center) a lot, all the time, and I don’t have days off and I’m there training or coming early to the live events so of course I would like to have a match at some point, but it’s all about the story so I want to and I don’t have to rush it, it doesn’t have to be tomorrow, even though if Vince McMahon needs it tomorrow, if I have to have a singles, then we’ll do it.”

The Tomorrow Show with Keven Undergaro is a late night talk show produced Maria Menounos, that airs live Mondays and Thursdays from 10-12am EST at thetomorrowshow.com and is available on iTunes.


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Readers Comments (2)

  1. No one under 35 can speak without saying like every other word. Annoying to read.

  2. Wow,that was hard to read but kudos for typing it. lol

    If they went with Jason Powell’s idea to trade Rusev to Smackdown,Lana would have to go to,right? Maybe then she actually can evolve her character and compete.

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