Video: Lana Appears on This Week’s SmackDown

NXT Diva Lana made her first WWE television appearance on this week’s SmackDown, standing alongside Alexander Rusev in a video package teasing his arrival in the WWE.

Lana speaks one line, saying simply, “Rusev hits, Rusev crush.”

RELATED: Lana Manages SmackDown Dark Match

Rusev made his WWE debut at Sunday’s Royal Rumble, but has yet to appear on Raw or SmackDown. It now looks like that will happen very soon.

Watch the video below:

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  • charovnica

    YES!YES!YES! I love Rusev, I just hope he sticks to what he was in NXT and not become a generic midcarder. Lana will help get him over.

  • Guest

    I love Lana but out of all people in NXT they brought Rusev in not Sami Zayn or Adrian Neville

    • Raekon

      Sami and Adrian are the current stars of NXT and needed down there.
      Besides Vince will always bring up the big guys first instead of a high flyer or a regular technical wrestler cause he has a fetish with big guys. :/

    • charovnica

      Sammi is hurt and Neville has to work on his mic skills since he doesn’t really have a manager to do the job until he gets more comfrotable speaking.

      • Bobby Bardot

        They really should assign Adrian a Manager e.e

    • Matty Marie Rae

      If they brought up the other two, people would bitch about them not having a story line and main eventing Wrestlemania.

  • Raekon

    Can’t wait! :)
    The Pairing is awesome and I can’t wait to see them on the main roster!
    Lanas character is fantastic considering of what Kind of characters the Girls are getting usually in the wwes main roster.

  • alexl467

    Lana & Alexander Rusev is WWE’s version of Rocky IV’s Ludmilla (Brigitte Nielsen) & Drago (Dolph Lundgren).

    alexl467

    • shameronstar

      Oh my gosh, I just realized that comparison!

  • SavNguyen #InternationalWoman

    Does anyone know if Emma was at Smackdown during Fandango’s match?

    • Jen7201

      Yes go to the beginning of the video and you will see Emma, Summer, and the Funkadactlys

    • http://iheartdg.com/ BOMA YE

      Yeah at the 1:26 mark of this video.

  • WomenWrestlingRevolution 014

    LOVE LANA’S presence
    she has that heel tough vibe like Maxine did

    • JDH

      If only Maxine stayed :( so much potential

    • BorisG

      Heel Lana <3

  • Monkey Tennis

    Her standing around and not doing much skills truly are amazeballs.

  • WweRules32

    absolutely love lana and cant wait till she is on the main roster

  • Jen7201

    I want Fandango to have a match with Rusev just to hopefully see Lana and Summer interact at ringside

    • Matty Marie Rae

      Lana will pull out her whip and go all dominatrix on her!

  • Mariah_Scarey

    I’m mad that Rusev got called up so quick but Neville and the Ascension still down there at NXT…. The nerve

    • ????? KING ?????

      I wish Paige would debut with The Ascension why she is not with them i have no idea she fits them perfectly and would be an interesting pairing on the mai roster unlike some i want Paige to have a slow build push like Mickie had it helped Mickie in the long run

      • http://iheartdg.com/ BOMA YE

        Because Paige have been booked as the ultimate independent woman, that’s why she shouldn’t be associate with any of the men on the roster, especially early on her debut.

        • ????? KING ?????

          I disagree her alone same anti diva hear me roar gets old she will at some point have to interact and be aligned with others

    • JJ? #HoneyCaramelDiva

      Well NXT needs The Ascension. They’re the only tag team there, and has had the belt for how long?

      • Mariah_Scarey

        If only WEE had signed the Pitbulls…..ugh!!!

    • http://iheartdg.com/ BOMA YE

      Also the current version of the Ascension isn’t very good.

      • Mariah_Scarey

        I know, but I meant regarding active ness on the roster, they’ve been there longer than Rusev

    • Matty Marie Rae

      The Ascension suck.

      • Mariah_Scarey

        Yea, the original was the best. But I meant because they’ve been down at NXT the longest

  • Mariah_Scarey

    I don’t get the hype u guys feel over Lana, sure she beautiful and has a presence, but that dosnt really make her someone to look forward to if you ask me.

    • OJ Von Erich

      In the current role as a valet is how the divas get over, that’s how it worked for girls like Lita & Trish & that’s why Summer Rae gets a bigger reaction than the men in the match. So I am more than happy for Lana to stay in this role for now.

      • Maxine

        it worked for AJ too

      • Mariah_Scarey

        I see your point, and like the person below you said, it helped Aj.

      • JJ? #HoneyCaramelDiva

        That’s how the Funkadactyls got/get more reaction than Brodus Clay, Tensai, Xavier Woods (especially him), and R-Truth.

    • JJ? #HoneyCaramelDiva

      Well, she is a manager. Valet too, but mainly a manager. With the mic skills, a manager can last longer than the wrestlers themselves. Even be promoted to executive positions (Stephanie McMahon, Vickie Guerrero).

    • BorisG

      We don’t have that many managers nowadays.

    • Matty Marie Rae

      *Lana’s Russian*
      Excuse me?

      • Mariah_Scarey

        *Jorge’s English*
        Eat me!

        • Matty Marie Rae

          Who the fuck is Jorge?
          And okay, give me call.
          ;)
          JK

          • Mariah_Scarey

            I’m Jorge, and sorry, I don’t have time for used and abused products

          • Matty Marie Rae

            …..it’s not that abused…

  • Whalenx

    I wonder how good in the ring she is. I’m excited to see her and Summer go at it if Rusev and Fandango wrestle.

    • Half Of Me

      Shes still training how to wrestle…so i would guess not every good..

      • Matty Marie Rae

        I’m sure she’s done.
        If Veronica is ready to wrestle on house shows, then so is Lana.

        • https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WWE_Divas/info Half Of Me

          Has lana ever had a match?..some people learn faster since jojo got it down quick while eva didn’t,devin looks like she hasn’t learned quickly but veronica has most likely..different people but she will get more time on tv managing then trying to find a spot on tv wrestling…

          • Matty Marie Rae

            Well they all trained together. When you train you don’t just skip it and graduate and leave everyone there, you have to stay there and finish it, and since Veronica has finished it, then so has Lana and Devin.

            Just because they are in non wrestling roles doesn’t mean they can’t wrestle Art.

          • https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WWE_Divas/info Half Of Me

            It doesn’t mean they can’t but i highly doubt she will wrestle any time soon…lana will be learning how to wrestle before shows & at nxt just like summer did so regardless she will one day step in the ring….

          • Matty Marie Rae

            Learn?
            She already knows how.

          • https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WWE_Divas/info Half Of Me

            So link me to any match shes had?..show me how she doesn’t need to train anymore because she was signed in june so 7 months means shes ready to wrestle on the main roster LOL…

          • Matty Marie Wyatt

            He character isn’t a wrestler.
            No one has said she doesn’t need to train anymore…….so….

          • https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WWE_Divas/info Half Of Me

            what?..her character isn’t a wrestler? Duh but in the future im sure she’s gonna have to wrestle so she has to train

    • Matty Marie Rae

      From what I saw in the training camp video, she’s decent.
      She’s no JoJo, but she isn’t a Queen Eva.

  • daniel05

    lol i think that lana is a better russian than anya. love her face.

    • Matty Marie Rae

      Well Anya was never on TV and only wrestled like twice so…point being don’t come for the former queen! lol

  • Brody Rediron

    I love how you can hear a “Emma! Emma!” chant after her altercation with Summer Rae :D It’s small but it’s something!

    • Matty Marie Rae

      #EMMAlution

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Beast! That vignette is sick! Russev is looking like a big monster and Lana… She looks amazing here I love her presence here. Those two will hopefully do wonders!

  • kewlkatz

    Alpha Female has debuted in TNA according to Manchester reports!

    • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

      This is about LANA.

  • ????? KING ?????

    Paige has been kept off NXT TV cause they have no idea to with her from a report i read and she is on her way to the main roster i believe this to be true cause in the same report it stated 3 divas were being called up before Mania as priority and those 3 were Emma Paige and Lana who would be with Rusev 3 out of the 4 were accurate and with Paige not being used at none of the NXT tapings which also gives away her dropping the belt on the live show ( imagine her losing the belt but appearing on tv all the month of march with it cause of pre recordings) i believe this report to be true

  • ????? KING ?????

    Also would of been great if Anya was still around and had Lana as her manager

    • Matty Marie Rae

      THIS!
      I SAID THIS SOMETIME AGO!!!
      Lana & Anya!
      I wouldn’t be able!

  • Half Of Me

    Lana just scream heel lol…its best she stay as a manager until she can actually wrestle or bump if another diva has to get physical with her…

    • BorisG

      I looked her NXT training videos and she’s great. Better than some.

    • Matty Marie Rae

      I’m sure she can wrestle and bump.

      • https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WWE_Divas/info Half Of Me

        I doubt she can wrestle a match if put in one tomorrow…its why she can manage until shes ready to go mix it up with the women as well…

        • Matty Marie Rae

          Or they just wanted to put her as a manager.
          Just because she is a manager doesn’t mean she doesn’t know or can’t wrestle.

          • https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WWE_Divas/info Half Of Me

            I never said she can’t wrestle but to work a match she has to have skill,know how to bump & know her timing….

          • Matty Marie Rae

            Where is her not knowing how to bump coming from?
            She’s been with WWE training for almost year, I’m pretty sure she knows how to do all that.

          • https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WWE_Divas/info Half Of Me

            its not even close to a year yet…i wouldn’t want another eva trying to wrestle….

          • Matty Marie Wyatt

            Um yeah it has lol.
            The training camp took place this time last year…

          • https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WWE_Divas/info Half Of Me

            And she didn’t get hired until later…

          • Matty Marie

            A month later.

          • I love Melina

            Like Melina had me fooled that she couldn’t wrestle very well when she was managing MNM…. and then she stepped foot in that ring. I was amazed by how good she was in her matches with Christy and trish early on hahahah

  • Username

    Admittedly I haven’t seen much of Rusev so I’m not sure, but is there much that separates him from the likes of Ludvig Borga, or Brakkus, or Vladimir Kozlov, or anyone else who has had this sort of character?

    • Matty Marie Rae

      He’s actually good.
      And he has Lana.

    • Mariah_Scarey

      He’s boring, he’s exactly like every character u just mentioned including Umaga, he won’t last long.

  • ssilva872

    Good for her.

    Rusev isn’t even that bad.

  • BorisG

    Can’t wait for the queen <3

  • CrazyGirlAJ (#R.I.PMaeYoung)

    Love Lana!

  • Matty Marie Rae

    ALL HAIL QUEEN LANA! (and prince Alexander)

    I swear, if they’re there when I go to smackdown in March….I will literally die right there when I hear Lana speak Russian.

  • Matty Marie Rae

    If she does, it’s the very far future.