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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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1.

_DNP    

Deport her to hell aka Russa

102 days ago
2.

_DNP    

OMG. I forgot the "i" in Russia.... *signs out* :(

102 days ago
3.

kewljewl    

Well.they got what they wanted. Attention

102 days ago
4.

R U Kidding    

Why are people so stupid? That's rhetorical.

102 days ago
5.

ivan    

1 - joke about plane shot out of the sky ?

102 days ago
6.

Gretel    

It's the WWE. Half of what they do is incite. It was pretty disgusting though, even for the WWE.

102 days ago
7.

Lucky_130    

The Ravishing Russian is hot, give her a break

102 days ago
8.

Skunk    

1. To the dumbass who said "Deport her back to Russia," Lana is a CHARACTER. A fictional character that was made to entertain. The person herself who said it was told to say it in a script, as well know this is a scripted program.

2. SHE NEVER DIRECTLY SAID THE FLIGHT! For all we know, she could be referencing the Russia/Ukraine conflict! She just said "Recent current events" and that was all. Considering how she followed that up with an actual direct reference to the wars in Afghan and Iraq, she was talking about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

102 days ago
9.

Cecilia     

A bit misleading about her history. Indeed she is American born, but spent her formative years in Latvia, and stayed there after it broke off from the Soviet Union.

102 days ago
10.

Ron Fing Swanson    

What do you expect, it's wrestling not really known for its ethics by the way Kris Jenner is turd.

102 days ago
11.

amerksfan    

They knew benoit killed his family also They did a tribute show for him then when the world found out his name became a swear word to them The reason they told her to say what she said is so their company losing 70 percent of its worth isnt reported They dont care about anything that doesnt make vince richer as their network went over like a fart in an elevator

102 days ago
12.

boo boo    

Just some redneck fun. Settle down.

102 days ago
13.

Jordan    

The Entire McMahon family especially Linda is very much Pro Vladimir Putin, so it makes Perfect Since that the McMahons would Praise Vladimir for shooting a Civilian Plane out of the sky.

102 days ago
14.

Cmoneh    

If you don't watch wrestling, Don't comment! It's entertainment, and relevant to the storyline built up for the past 2 months. They've been using real life politics and cultural issues for decades. Get over it!

102 days ago
15.

AZWILDCAT1    

That witch is annoying, I tell my boys to close their door.

102 days ago
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