Over the last several months, Lana has been on the most successful run of her in-ring career. WWE featured Lana heavily on its programming in the lead up to and after Survivor Series. During that time she received a title shot against Asuka and had a long-running feud with Nia Jax. But it hasn’t been always this way and her journey in WWE certainly hasn’t been an easy one. In a recent interview with Alex McCarthy for TalkSPORT, Lana spoke about the support she received from one esteemed member of the roster who helped get her to where she is today.
During the interview, Lana praised Becky Lynch for helping and supporting her not only in the ring but personally too.
“Becky has helped me a lot. That would be someone that probably people don’t know about because of characters, storylines etc. But man, I have learned so much from Becky!”
“I think partly, before The Man started, at live events she would be in the match and taking heat and I would be learning from her. She was so tough on me. But man, if she wasn’t tough, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. She was so tough she would always be like ‘toughen up!’ and this and that.”
“I get texts from her saying ‘I’m so proud of you.’ She texts me every single week. I’m so thankful for that because when this whole pandemic started, I remember being so discouraged and I remember her telling me ‘you’re so strong. You’re such a strong woman. Now you’ve got to be who you are. Keep on carrying this, keep working hard, harder than anyone else so we can bring the people back that we love so much’ – and I remember those words.“
“I just remember when she was like ‘you’ve got to be the strong woman that you are’ – those words helped me not to give up, you know? Hearing Becky say that about me. Every single day I start my morning like ‘I’m strong, I’m resilient I’m durable – I’m going to keep going. I just think it’s so important the words that we use to people and that’s such a great example of Becky giving me hope. Her texts and guidance every single week is just… I’m so thankful.”
Also in interview, Lana spoke very highly of Fit Finlay, TJ Wilson and Natalya, who have all believed in her and her journey.
“He (Finlay) believed in me when no one else did, even when I didn’t believe in myself. So I’m very, very thankful. I was actually able to train with him last week and the week before and the Performance Center and I was just so happy. He’s so amazing.”
“TJ is another person. He believed. He is just so encouraging and he’s always like ‘you’re picking it up so fast’ and I haven’t heard those words. I’m like ‘I am?!’ Oh my gosh. He was having me do a crossbody and a hurricanrana and I would never have even thought I could do that. He pushes me and Nattie does, so I’m so thankful.”
Lana’s hard work and dedication is starting to pay off. Lana and Naomi is currently the number one contender for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Thanks for TalkSPORT for the transcription.
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