Headlines Update: The Negative Media For Lana’s Promo Continues

Update: The Negative Media For Lana’s Promo Continues

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UPDATE x 2: As previously reported, there has been some media backlash against WWE, over Lana’s promo at the Battleground PPV. The following outlets have posted articles on the promo, noting then negative reactions it caused from some…

* The Washington Post
* Australia’s News.com.au
* The Independent (UK)
* TMZ

UPDATE: WWE issued the following statement regarding the Lana/Rusev negative media attention coming out of last nght’s Battleground pay-per-view:

“Last night’s segment during WWE’s Battleground event was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. 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.”

ORIGINAL: The UK’s Daily Mail has an article up, discussing Lana’s promo from the WWE Battleground PPV. They note that she used the line “You blame Russia for current events?” to spark outrage in light of the recent Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster. Here is an excerpt from the article…

In a show last night, the characters ‘Lana’ and ‘Alexander Rusev’ launched into an anti-American rant in which they made reference to the flight MH17 being shot down and hailed Russian president Vladimir Putin for ‘making fools’ out of the U.S.

The Rusev and Lana roles often use Cold War-style rhetoric as part of their act, but their mention of last week’s MH17 disaster, in which 298 people died, has shocked the wrestling community.

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