WWE TLC included the return of Charlotte Flair, but she wasn’t originally booked for the card. Lana was supposed to wrestle for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles, but WWE had a big change of plans along the way.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed how WWE started out Lana’s announce table bumping as a punishment. Then their reason transitioned into wanting to get her over.
“Obviously this started as punishment, obviously and then somebody got the idea that it was funny and they kept doing it. Then the mentality was that she’s going to get over really big and then, you know, she didn’t, but that was their mentality. I was told about it all the way through. Obviously, the original idea was — I’m not saying I believed it. I’m not saying it would get her over. I was laughing about it that it would get her over so big the whole time they were doing it, but that is how they think because of freaking Daniel Bryan.”
Daniel Bryan’s WrestleMania XXX program is still the blueprint that WWE wants to use when getting a sympathetic babyface over. There are a few glaring differences between Lana’s situation and Daniel Bryan. First off, there are no live fans to hijack the show with Lana chants. That is something that Daniel Bryan received without WWE coaxing the fans to chant anything.
We’ll have to see what’s next for Lana in WWE. It seems that Charlotte Flair’s return could have shifted the focus once again in a big way.
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