In any list of the top female stars in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), one name that will hardly ever be missing from the top 10 is that of American professional wrestler C. J. Perry who is more popularly known as Lana. She is an accomplished woman with diverse interests in various walks of life.
Being a celebrity who is constantly in the limelight, her relationship life has equally been under serious scrutiny especially her relationship with Bulgarian-American professional wrestler, rower and former powerlifter Miroslav Barnyashev better known as Rusev. Find out all there is to know about Lana and her relationship life with Rusev below.
Lana whose birth name is Catherine Joy Perry was born on the 24th of March, 1985 in Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A as the eldest of 4 children born to parents of Portuguese and Venezuelan decent.
Catherine spent many years of her childhood living in the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic as her father worked there as a Christian missionary. On the other hand, her mother was a ballet dancer whose career greatly inspired Catherine. As a result of this, she was enrolled in the Riga Choreography School where she began learning ballet dancing at the age of 14.
When Lana was about 17 years, she returned to the US eager to take her ballet dancing passion to even greater heights. She danced at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Hispanico before she enrolled at the Florida State University. In college, she studied dance and acting and was also a noted member of the Florida State Cowgirls.
Lana’s Rise To Fame
Lana leveraged the fame her membership of the Florida State Cowgirls brought the group to delve into modeling. As a model, the would-be wrestling star had photoshoots with RIDGID Tool Calendar, became a spokesmodel for Red Bull and attained a couple of other feats in the industry before she found her way into the entertainment circle as a musician and actress. Lana was a part of the girl music group ‘No Means Yes’ and also trained at The Groundlings School after which she appeared in an episode of The Game in 2011, Pitch Perfect 1 and 2 in 2012 and 2015 respectively and an episode of Banshee in 2013.
In June 2013, Lana launched her wrestling career with the NXT brand and began appearing with Alexander Rusev. She became his “social ambassador” and also developed a character to match. Following Rusev’s successful debut in Royal Rumble of 2014, Lana got a lot more popular as she did a good job in promoting the Belgian fighter’s image. She also led him to three championships in the United States and also teamed up with him in Mixed Match Challenges. It later became obvious that there was more to them than just being wrestling partners.
Relationship with Rusev
Many times, we have seen female wrestlers or wrestling promoters team up with their male counterparts often enough to make fans and the media curious about their relationship status. In the case of Lana and Russev, this question also applies.
The pair raised several questions about them at a time they were believed to have separated only to get announced as being married. In an “I Quit” match which held on May 17, 2015, she quit on behalf of Rusev causing them to lose the match against John Cena. On the following night on RAW, Lana announced that Rusev asked her to quit in Bulgarian but Rusev harshly dismissed her claims suggesting that all was probably not well with them.
Later on that same night, Lana was seen kissing Dolph Ziggler which meant she had turned against Rusev. As a result of this, Rusev went after Ziggler and injured him in the process. While all these were going on, Summer Rae (an American professional wrestler) came into the picture and tried to seduce Ziggler in an attempt to end his relationship with Lana.
As fans were getting excited about this new twist in Lana’s relationship life, anticipating what might or might not happen next, it was announced that Lana and Rusev got engaged on October 11, 2015. The following month, the two made an appearance together on RAW laying credence to the news about their engagement. The couple was visibly back for good and it was apparent that nothing would tear them apart from each other. On July 29, 2016, Lana and Rusev got married and have been living together since then.