5 Things You Might Not Know about WWE’s Lana

We heard you loud and clear when you were chanting “We want Lana” over the past few weeks. So we have compiled a list of things that you MUST know about your favorite RAVISHING RUSSIAN (or American).


She is not Russian, well not really.

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Lana’s real name is Catherine Joy (CJ) Perry and she was born in Gainesville Florida. Her parents are of Portuguese and Latvian descent contrary to her WWE character. However, she spent several years of her childhood in Latvia, part of the former USSR, where her father used to work as a missionary.

She’s a Great Dancer


While she was in Latvia she enrolled in  the Riga Choreography School which is the ballet school of the Latvian National Opera. She began dancing with the Latvian National Ballet at the age of 14 and she claims that her main inspiration is her mother who is a professional ballerina. When she returned to the United States she had several opportunities to dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Broadway Dance Center and the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. She also majored in dance and acting when she enrolled in Florida State University.

She can sing and was in Pitch Perfect 2 

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She was part of an all female singing group called ‘No Means Yes’ in 2009. They were signed under Neyo’s recording label before the group disbanded in 2010. They were able to record a few songs together and the most popular one is entitled ‘Would You Like That’. She’s also part of the movie ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ where she played the role of a Legacy Bella.

She’s an LA Clippers Fan


Her role in the WWE shows how much Lana hates everything about the United States but Lana actually supports an American basketball team. She’s been spotted several times watching the NBA, specifically LA Clippers games. She even posted several photos of her supporting the team.


Rusev is her real-life boyfriend


Sorry boys but Lana is dating Miroslav Barnyashev also known as Rusev. She proudly posts photos of them together while traveling in her Instagram account. Recently, TMZ reported that they purchased a house together in Nashville worth over $600k which sounds like a big move however the two denied that they are already engaged.

(Edit: Since the time of this posting the two tied the knot in July 29, 2016 in a beautiful beach ceremony in Malibu)


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