WWE Facing Criticism Over Lana's Battleground Promo

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WWE is facing criticism for moving forward for the pro-Vladimir Putin gimmick of Lana, with some accusing she referred incredulously to the MH17 airplane crash in her promo at Sunday's Battleground pay-per-view.  The line that's drawing the ire of critics is as follows:  

"You blame Russia for recent current events."

You can watch a snippet of the promo at this link.

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We noted shortly after the promo aired that not only did WWE refuse to back off the gimmick, they seemingly turned it up with said line.

Rusev ended up going over Jack Swagger via count out.

Thanks to WNW reader Jorge Romero for his help.

  • Nick k

    Of course there’s backlash seeing how she stated a lot of truth.

  • Brandon van Reenen

    Why can’t people let fiction be fiction?

    • David C

      People are often perfectly fine with fiction. Using Putin for heat (whilst stupid with Rusev’s actual background) is perfectly fine.

      There is however a fine line that should be respected. To utilise a terrible loss of innocent life as a way to garner heat is simply insensitive and disrespectful.
      There was no need for the promo, Swagger would have come in hot anyway.

    • Rus

      Fiction???? tell me 1 thing Lana says about your war mongering presidents that isn’t FACT!!!!!

      • Brandon van Reenen

        Lol, my president is ANYTHING but war-mongering…

        • Rus

          If you bo lieve that you my friend are DELUSIONAL go do some research before commenting Lana hits the nail on the head everytime she speaks but its just a bitter pill to swallow isn’t it

          • Brandon van Reenen

            But Lana hasn’t mentioned my president once :/

          • Rus

            No shes mentioned him about 4 times lol or don’t you watch the show

          • Brandon van Reenen

            I don’t think you watch the show, because I never heard her once say “Jacob Zuma” :/

          • Jesse Sherwood

            He’s most likely assuming you are an American.

          • Brandon van Reenen

            Lol I’m not. I had fun milking that. And I would’ve gotten away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids.

  • K!NG

    If you are offended good then what they are trying to do is working. Rusev is now must watch TV people are going to want to see what Lana says next and they want to see Rusev get taken down. Rusev’s stock has risen from last night to this AM greatly

  • mark

    They let this go, but cut off Muhammad Hassan’s gimmick?

  • andy

    Recent current events? Who wrote that line? They do realise that’s an oxymoron, don’t they?

    • PenguinD

      Uhh not an oxymoron. An oxymoron is opposite phrases like “jumbo shrimp”. Recent current events is redundant.

      • JAE

        And “rap music”. =p

      • andy

        My mistake, but oxymoron or redundant. I’ts a badly written line in more ways than one.

      • Adam Paul Haase

        Wouldn’t that be referred to as tautology?

  • Whammaster

    Uhm, okay i was expecting a line that was a bit more harsh and to the point of what happened with the airlines and 300 people that lost their lives (that included 80+ children).

    I’m not trying to be an insensitive ass about this but i feel the internet is blowing up that simple one line.

    “Recent current events” BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM the A-bomb just hit in the news, how dare a company use current events, something every single company in the world has done to make money, to there own advantage.

  • I honestly took the line to reference the tensions in Crimea.

  • Christen

    how do they know they were talking about the crash? That is not the recent event lately with Russia right now. Putin is under fire for banning certain words from being said. There is also other news about Russia. Geesh it’s just a effin storyline it is not like she meant it let it go. You can’t say nothing now adays without ticking someone off