CJ Perry aka Lana had an interesting start in WWE. The first step in the organization was the role of manager for her husband Rusev. Rusev is now known as Miro and is part of AEW. In an interview for "The Sessions with Renee Paquette", Lana revealed how an interesting conversation with Vince McMahon came about.
“The bottom line is Vince wanted me to wrestle,” Perry said, as quoted by Wrestling Inc. “… Vince called us into the office, and this was after [Miro and her] had split up because he was adamant. He was like, ‘You cannot be with Rusev anymore.’ When the “we want Lana” chants started, he was like, ‘That’s it.
You have two choices: we can either do a relationship story, or you’re going to have to go back down to NXT to learn how to wrestle.’ … I was like, ‘I’ll do a relationship story; that’s cool.’ “So that started, and then a month and a half in, he brings Summer [Rae] in.
We had no idea, and Miro is like, ‘Why? What’s happening?’ And he’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to have a match,’ and Miro didn’t want me to wrestle. He’s very old school, and then he marries me — God bless him.
Yeah, he’s very traditional, and he’s like — he just gets worried. He doesn’t want me to get hurt”.
Triple H's advise to CJ Perry
The new head of creative, Triple H had interesting advice that was of great help to her.
“[Triple H] told me, ‘Never stop training,'” CJ Perry said. “So that whole year, I had been training, getting in with Fit, getting in with Goldust … [Triple H] was like, ‘Trust me … one day Vince is going to wake up and be like, ‘Well, it’s time for Lana to have a match.
Let’s do it”. He’s like, ‘You want to be ready.’ Then I talked to Stephanie, and Stephanie is like, ‘At the very least, know how to bump. Know how to take falls. Know how to take basic hits.' ”