Lana On Working With Bobby Lashley Last Year, Nia Jax This Year
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Lana was involved in a romantic angle with Bobby Lashley and it ended with multiple months of growing tension between the pair. Lana said, “I think we broke the internet and cracked mainstream media. A bigger thing that I think is very important to have on WWE television, and I know a lot of people might disagree with me, is I do think it’s important to have romantic angle, relationship angles, soap opera angles. We have so much WWE programming every week. What is it, nearly 10 hours of network television? It can’t all be for the title. It can’t just be about being an in-ring competitor, it’s got to be about relationships stuff as well.”
Lana was told by current WWE Champion Drew McIntyre that his wife loved the segments and that it was her favorite part of the show. Lana thinks many other people can relate to this. She said, “Drew McIntyre was telling me how much his wife loved it. He said ‘she doesn’t watch me but she watches you guys!’ I just thought that was so funny because I identified with that.“Like the show I watch on television are like Grays Anatomy, Scandal. You know, all those soap opera, relationship/drama stuff. I’m always excited to do those stories because I love those stories, I love watching them. I think they reach women and little girls, it’s really important to have that. Every time I’ve done a relationship story, they light up conversation.”
She said that even though she endured real-life struggles during the storyline, it was all worth it. Lana said, “I’m grateful I got that opportunity with Bobby. It came with a lot of sacrifices, a lot of cyber-bullying, but I knew my role and I wanted to be the best villain out there.”
Lana then turned her attention to talking about her current feud with Nia Jax. Lana said, “Nia is a beautiful Samoan with lots of strength and lots of size on her, so yeah I have to spend a lot of time mentally preparing myself because I know when I go out there, legit anything could happen [with Nia]. I know I’m going to feel it the next day. I felt those nine tables, I feel those power-bombs, I really do! But I think that’s what I signed up for. I’m not going to walk away from it.”
Continuing on, Lana said, “I know that everyone wants to be laughing about certain things and making jokes, but I remember that. I say a lot of prayers that I’ll come out in one piece! But I don’t know, maybe I like the adrenaline rush. Maybe there’s something wrong with me. I’m like what am I doing! I’m running towards this powerhouse not running away from it. But I won’t let fears dictate my life.”
Thanks to 411 Mania for transcriptions.