The latest WWE Network Chronicle episode focused on Lana, who spoke about her mental health, working without an audience and dealing with toxic fans on social media.
Lana’s husband Rusev, now known as Miro in AEW, was released from WWE back in April. The Ravishing Russian spent many years as Rusev’s on-screen manager.
Lana spoke about how Rusev not being able to be with her as much has impacted her mental health.
“It’s been really hard. Not having 300 days on the road, being at home, then all of a sudden no fans. Then, of course, like being with the person from the very beginning, like traveling with that person, being literally 24/7, being with that person and then that person is not there, it’s really hard. I don’t even know how sometimes I keep on pushing through.”
I just want people to know that struggle with depression & anxiety that you are not alone. Let’s encourage one another & be kind to each other because our words are like swords. You can watch my #WWEChronicle on the @WWENetwork as well as my #SurvivorSeries match tonight. @WWE pic.twitter.com/BqG9ORLozT
— CJ “Lana” Perry (@LanaWWE) November 22, 2020
Lana then went on to speak about how working in a zero-crowd environment and abuse from toxic fans on social media caused her to ask her parents to pray for her.
“For me, what was really, really hard was, usually going to arenas and people boo you, it’s something about the energy, you’re like, ‘oh, I’m in control of this,’ right? But then when all of a sudden I don’t interact with any people whatsoever and I’m just at home and I post something and everyone is just so mean. I couldn’t handle it anymore, because that’s like my only interaction with human beings is my Instagram account or Twitter, and now everyone in comments are like, ‘you should be fired. Why are you not fired? You suck. You’re this. You’re that.’ I remember, texting my parents and being like,’ please pray for me, my mental health is doing really bad, I’m really depressed. I just — I can’t take it anymore. I’m just… I’m so sad. Like, I don’t want to do anything.’ Like, why even try? Why? It doesn’t matter. You work hard. You do this like you can’t post because everyone is going to tell you to go jump off a cliff and kill yourself and like you’re worth nothing. So it’s like, well, why?”
Numerous people including Brandi Rhodes, Renee Young and Gail Kim have reached out to Lana on social media to offer their support and kind words following her chronicle episode.
Highly recommend @LanaWWE ‘s Chronicle. She’s had to overcome so much and she’s never given up. We could all stand to learn a little something from her. 💕
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) November 22, 2020
I saw a clip going around and I agree. I don’t know Lana but I think that was brave to be so vulnerable and hopefully people keep in mind, that the people that they think are strong, public personalities or “perfect” are human too. ❤️ https://t.co/JMd80ZPDX9
— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) November 22, 2020
— Brandi Rhodes (@TheBrandiRhodes) November 22, 2020
You can watch Lana’s WWE Chronicle episode now on the WWE Network.
Thanks to WhatCulture for the transcription.