AEW's CJ Perry Opens Up About WWE Departure

CJ Perry, formerly Lana in WWE, made her AEW debut during September's All Out event, coming to the aid of her husband and former managerial client, Miro, for the first time since 2020. During an interview with Chris Van Vliet, she discussed why she didn't join her husband earlier following his release from WWE in 2020.

"I was in WWE and I had a very lucrative contract. I was on TV every week, so it just made sense for me to stay," she explained. "I finished my time a year later and Miro wanted me to come over to AEW and he was plugging me in the story and that's how I got the name 'hot and flexible.”" 

Despite Miro advocating her arrival in AEW, Perry explained that she needed a break from wrestling after leaving WWE. She said she wanted to be at home, off the road, and that it was all about the timing of it. Perry explained that she had dove into Hollywood and took several classes within the different facets of entertainment. As a result, she developed a new perspective on the way entertainment is financed and distributed. 

"Like, I think every talent should learn these things," Perry opined. "It doesn't matter if you're an actor, wrestler, model, because you really start to understand someone has to sponsor this. Like, there has to be money, and when you start to think like, okay, someone is basically going out on a limb to invest in this. So everyone getting hired is like an investment to hopefully make money and return. Then you start to look at it differently and it's not as personal."