Rusev and Lana reminisce about their debut in WWE and their early days as a couple. The story of how Rusev and Lana got together is heart-warming and they Pro Wrestling Real Life Stories: Episode 3 - Lana, Rusev. I know it's been quite a while since they split on-screen. And I read online that Vince broke up their pairing on-screen so they'll eventually. Rusev and Lana were paired together in WWE way back when the two bond in real life, as well, as they started dating and living together.
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So when he brought Lana as his "social ambassador", the pairing of this monstrous, ruthless athlete with a beautiful woman like Lana was compared by the WWE to Ivan Drogo and his wife Ludmilla who were characters in the hit film, Rocky IV.
Ivan Drogo was an unrelenting boxer who killed Apollo Creed in a match, while his wife did the talking for him and the pair was exactly like that as WWE booked Rusev to be a ruthless monster and have Lana as his mouthpiece doing the talking for him. That's what also came to the mind of WWE, as it was soon reported that Vince McMahon wanted to break up Rusev and Lana in real life in order for them to have a better feud on-screen.
This disgusting ploy can be expected to come from Vince's mind, as the madman was trying very hard to get them to break it off with each other so that they could be better enemies on-screen, which could've helped make his product better even though the Rusev vs Lana feud was the worst feud in the WWE last year. Thankfully for them, they soon publicly revealed their engagement and broke off all hopes of Vince McMahon for them to break up in real life. The two won the "Best Gimmick Award" by Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is one of the most trusted wrestling news website, as the legendary Dave Meltzer himself hailed their portrayal as Russian Nationalists at the time.
Additionally, Rusev also won the Most Improved Wrestler award in the year as Lana is the only woman to win an award of this sort as of and the only manager to have won this award as their amazing work in was duly paid off and raised their stock in the company.
Unfortunately, they had to endure some heat from their co-workers and employers because of this gimmick even though reputable wrestling presses were praising them. It made for a shameful situation for WWE, who were having both of them feud against each other and this made them nix the angle right there.
Now the WWE couldn't really do anything to Rusev because he was one of their best wrestlers, but poor Lana got a lot of backstage heat as WWE saw her as the main culprit for the leak and punished her because of it.
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In many ways, the relationship is the sort which makes many viewers jealous, but the pairing started off as an unlikely match. Not unusually, their love story began with a romantic storyline in the ring. In an awkward setup, the Bella Twins teamed up with Daniel Bryan after mishearing Bryan talk about being a vegan and thinking he'd never had relations.
The twins aimed to see who would sleep with him first. Saved by John Cena, Eve thanked him with a kiss. The storyline ended with Eve admitting she had never loved Zack and been using him for publicity. It led to a pretty strong period of Eve as villainess but did not do a lot for Zack who remained at lower-tier status on the roster for some years after. She moved to the independent wrestling circle where she met Michael Bennet and the two began dating.
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Mike had been wrestling the independent circuit since and the pairing teamed up in the ring. They debuted as heels, with their obnoxiously close bond acting as their brand. It certainly irked audiences sufficiently. Sadly, the push did not really get off the ground before Maria got pregnant this year. It is possible the pair will return to WWE in the future but for now, love in the ring is on hold.
During an episode of Live, it was revealed that Alexander was dating Alicia Fox. When Alexander lost to Noam Dar and Dar dedicated his victory to Fox, the pair began feuding over Alicia in a classic love triangle.
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After Fox lost Alexander a match, he eventually broke it off with the former Divas Champion but fans were not very invested. The love triangle angle has been done to death and this threesome was obviously scripted.
The pair were one of the more wholesome parts of reality show Total Divas, but were dropped after their marriage, possibly due to not being as exciting as other dysfunctional couples.