Lana’s been wanting to do more than just be a manager.
To promote Total Divas, “The Ravishing Russian” spoke to E! News. During the interview, Lana reveals that she wanted to wrestle since she was a child, but never thought she was good enough.
“My whole life, since I’ve been a little girl, I’ve watched wrestling and I’ve always wanted to wrestle,” Lana said. “I just never thought that I was good enough to do that. I never thought I had the talent to be a professional wrestler. But I don’t want to just hold a microphone and be someone’s manager. I want to get in that ring and fight and compete. There’s nothing in the entire world that has that adrenaline rush.”
When asked who helped her out the most, she cited another member of the SmackDown LIVE roster, Nikki Bella.
“Nikki has helped me so, so, so much,” Lana said. “There have been times in my wrestling journey — and you’re going to see this on the show — when I’ve gotten discouraged because the success doesn’t come overnight. It’s a lot of getting in there and failing. She was really the person that kept on encouraging me not to give up, to be resilient, to be brave and to have courage. At times, I would think maybe I shouldn’t continue to pursue my dream of competing in that ring, but she kept on telling me not to give up and keep on training. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for Nikki Bella.”
Meanwhile, Lana hopes her perseverance will inspire others to chase their own dreams without hesitation.
“With anything in life, if you have a dream, you’re going to have setbacks, but I just want to encourage people to pursue their dreams, even if people doubt you, even if you have setbacks,” she says. “Be resilient.”
While Lana has mostly been wrestling on house shows in recent weeks, she last wrestled on television on the October 17 episode of SmackDown LIVE, where she teamed with Natalya and Tamina in a losing effort to Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Naomi.
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