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WWE's Lana under fire for pro-Russia comments
Lana, billed from Moscow, scolds U.S. crowd Sunda night
By QMI AGENCY


Lana last night at the Battleground pay-per-view. Photo by Bill Otten, B&B Productions.

The WWE knows how to irritate viewers. But has it finally gone too far?

There was the Iron Sheik, who famously fought Sgt. Slaughter in a boot camp match that was promoted as a chance for Slaughter, a U.S. soldier, to defend America’s honour.

Then. there was Col. Mustafa, who portrayed an Iraqi sympathizer during the first Gulf War.

During Sunday night Battleground, the WWE’s Lana, billed from Moscow, Russia, scolded wrestling fans around North America for “blaming” Russia for the most “recent current events.”

Many around wrestling circles understood that to mean the most recent Malaysian Airlines disaster, which saw MH17 allegedly shot down over Eastern Ukraine last week while transporting 298 civilians from the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur.


Russia is accused of being directly linked to one of the biggest accidents in aviation history – sentiment Lana, and the WWE, flirted with Sunday night.

“You blame Russia for the recent current events?” she asked a capacity crowd in Tampa, Fla.

“In fact, you Americans should be scolded for your warmongering in Afghanistan and Iraq. You Americans should be insulted and afraid.”

Lana, whose real name is C.J. Perry, performed the anti-American rant next to her “Russian” partner, Alexander Rusev, before being met with a chorus of boos.

The duo also pledged allegiance to Russian president Vladimir Putin, drawing the ire of viewers around the globe.

The WWE issued a statement following the incident, according to f4wonline.com.

“Last night's segment during WWE's Battleground event was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than three months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night's segment and was offended."