CJ Perry used to wrestle in WWE under the ring name Lana. She was paired with real-life husband Miro, formerly known as Rusev, both in NXT and on the main roster. The husband-wife duo became victims of budget cuts and were released from their contracts, one year apart.

Lana recently chatted with Inside The Ropes about her life during and after WWE. The former WWE superstar also commented on Vince McMahon’s retirement, saying the former WWE CEO taught her many valuable lessons. Check out what she said below.

“Coming from Hollywood where, I might not have slept in my car to become a professional wrestler, but I slept in my car to become a professional storyteller and entertainer. My road was different, but my hustle was the same. I had so much compassion and empathy to these people that wanted to be in WWE and that was their childhood dream and I was kind of living their childhood dream.

“That’s why I work my ass off. The least I can do is give respect to this business that I got this incredible opportunity that so many others want. I see it in Hollywood all the time. There are so many things I audition for since I’ve been 18 that I want and know I’m better than the person that books it and they book it. That’s just life.

Things are not fair. I’m sure actors look at Sasha Banks and go, ‘Why did she get Mandalorian? Why didn’t I get Mandalorian?’ That’s life and show business. It’s not fair. The least I can do is work hard to give respect to this business that so many people out there are hustling and struggling to get to this spot.

“I’m thankful Vince taught me that. To not be scared to make mistakes, as long as you learn from it. I’ve been doing that. Another big lesson he taught me was the importance of forgiving. Ironically. ‘Hey, take responsibility for when you’re wrong, apologize. If people ask for forgiveness, I’ll forgive them, and I’ll never think about it again. It’s done.’ That’s a hard thing to do and it’s why he’s been in business with people for so long after a fallout.”

Lana has managed to keep herself busy following her departure from WWE. She is working on a number of projects. She previously took to Twitter and hinted at making her return to professional wrestling. We’ll see when that happens.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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