Former WWE Superstar Lana has taken to social media to thank fans for their birthday wishes while also being brutally honest about her time with WWE.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Lana claimed that she was brain-washed from working in WWE’s toxic environment and ended up with no confidence left.
Her post looked back upon the year she’s had, going from working at WrestleMania 37 to being where she is now. Lana said that all WWE wanted was her to wear pink, have blonde hair, and get her ass kicked. She thanked several people in the company for believing in her, such as Natalya, Liv Morgan, and Tyson Kidd.
Lana’s statement was as follows:
“Thank you for all the amazing #Birthday wishes! Swipe to see my crazy past year! The last couple of days have been so emotional for me when I look back on everything that has happened to me this past year. From being on a poster at #Wrestlemania, having a match with one of my best friends & favorite dance partners @trinity_fatu at #Wrestlemania, filming the craziest reality show reboot for @viacom_intl #SurrealLife ! Living in the house with ICONIC LEGENDS !!!!
“@tamarbraxton thank you for helping me deal with my mental health & anxiety❤️! I can’t believe I booked 2 movies in the past 6 months! On my birthday I was filming an action movie where I play an Assassin for @paramountplus where I was blowing up cars & kicking strong men’s asses! Talk about a complete 180 from WWE only wanting me to wear pink, have blonde hair & having MY ASS kicked! 😂 I had the most amazing time with my sister & family this past year, because I finally had some free time & wasn’t on the road with #WWE 300 days of the year!
“@natbynature @tjwilson711 @yaonlylivvonce thank you for BELIEVING in me when I had no confidence left. On my birthday I was able to film & celebrate being alive & healthy another year with actors that I have looked up to for years! I am so beyond grateful, I can’t believe how far life has come in a year & how brain washed I was from the toxic environment that I had worked in for 8 years. I allowed it to define my identity & self worth. Change can be hard friends but let me tell you, if you keep pushing forward no matter what, if you refuse to have one human’s opinion define your destiny, if you refuse to be put in a box by a corporation or society & you keep the blinders on and walk by faith then your life will become more then your wildest dreams.
“Have the audacity to chase the BIG dreams. Chase them passionately. Have an undeniable work ethic. Be teachable. Take calculated risk! Be brave. Take responsibility when wrong. It’s ok to make mistakes as long as we LEARN. To all my friends in show business & wrestling REMEMBER we are playing MAKE BELIEVE so have FUN! Be kind. Forgive. Always walk in love.”
Lana’s last match took place on the final episode of Raw in May 2021. She teamed up with Naomi and was defeated by Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke. She was then released by the company in June. Since that point, Lana has not been involved in professional wrestling.
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