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WWE's Lana

References Malaysia Air Tragedy

During Pro-Russia Skit

7/21/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The WWE is getting the smackdown from some fans after two "Russian" characters ripped Americans for blaming Russia for the MH17 tragedy. 

Right before Alexander Rusev's pay-per-view bout last night ... his manager Lana teased hecklers with a very thinly veiled reference to the Malaysia Airlines crash, saying ... "You blame Russia for current events?"

Lana added that America is to blame for "war-mongering in Afghanistan and Iraq." 

Of course, the whole bit was scripted -- like every WWE event -- but mentioning a real disaster, less than a week after it happened ... has generated some backlash.  

By the way, Lana is played C.J. Perry -- an American actress with a shaky Russian accent.


update_graphic_red_barA rep for the WWE tells TMZ the segment was not about the Malaysia Airlines crash in specific. The rep pointed out, "The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than 3 months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night’s segment and was offended.”

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