Survivor Series 2020 was one of the most challenging nights for former WWE star, Lana. There are more than one reasons behind it.
The Original Plan
On a recent episode of the Talk is Jericho podcast, CJ Perry, formerly known as Lana revealed that she was supposed to be put through a table at Survivor Series.
As you may remember, back in 2020, Lana was in a feud with Nia Jax where Jax would put her through a table every single week.
The table spot at Survivor Series would have been number 10, however, the "Head of the table," Roman Reigns wasn't pleased.
“We were supposed to do this whole table spot on the show, and then Roman did not want that because he had a table spot with [Drew McIntyre]. There was some major pushback between the Samoans, Nia and Roman. I’m caught in the middle. We had a huge spot.
Lana further revealed what the initial plans was, for her match:
“I was supposed to be laid out in the very beginning. I was supposed to get in the ring, and Nia snatched me because the whole point was that everyone on the team were heels. I was the only ‘babyface’, and they were going to be all against me and she was gonna lay me out. And then at the end, I had this whole sequence with Bianca [Belair], and Bayley was supposed to get involved and cheat. We were all so excited about it. I was excited I was gonna get to wrestle, then there’s the whole Samoan rivalry that happens.”
However, those plans stayed just plans and they could never be executed as Roman Reigns won the argument and ultimately countered Drew McIntyre into a Samoan Drop on the commentary table.
Lana would wish that would be the end of the story, however it was just the beginning.
After having her table spot taken away, Vince McMahon came up with a new plan for Lana.
“So the whole table spot got taken out, and then Vince thought it would be hilarious if I didn’t get in the match at all." “Nia would not let me get in at all, and then I win because everyone gets eliminated, and he thought that was the most hilarious thing. Shane McMahon thought it was hilarious. They’re like, this has never been done before, and in many ways, I understand because Undertaker was retiring that day and I understand, let’s give something different on the show. “I get that business side of it all, but it was really dramatic.
Lana says that the events of the night were just too much for her to handle and she ended up in tears before her match.
"There was all this stuff happening. I’m crying in a corner because I’m like, I just want to wrestle. I’m calling Nattie. ‘Nattie, I’m hiding in this corner and crying. I just want to wrestle. I want to prove myself,’ and Nattie’s like, ‘You’re still winning? Who cares?’ And I’m like, ‘No, I want to prove myself.’ TJ [Wilson] really wanted me to get in and wrestle a little bit, and then Nia was gonna kick me out and say you have to stand there. He had to even fight for that with Vince because he was like, ‘No, I think it’s important for her to show that she’s improving in the ring. That’s the babyface side of it is that she does want to get in and wrestle, and they’re telling her, go f**k off and stand out there.’ And that would have gotten a huge reaction.
Perry says that she understands that Vince was trying to recreate what Miro, fka Rusev did to her back in 2015.
I understood Vince was trying to recreate what Miro did to me in 2015. They would be like, ‘We want Lana.’ He would send me to a different part. They kicked me out, and the whole place boos. Those things really resonate with crowds.”
What is even more surprising is that Lana claims she had no idea where her storyline with Nia Jax was headed. Even after being put through tables every single week, she was not informed of what was planned next for her in the feud.
“I’ll never forget Mandy [Rose] and Dana [Brooke] were like, ‘Do you know where this is going? Do you know what’s happening?' And I’m like, ‘I have no idea. I have no idea.’ They’re like, ‘You have such a great attitude for losing,’ and it’s like, well, someone has to lose, literally. Unless there’s a DQ, someone has to lose, and I would rather be losing than sitting at catering.”