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Who Is CJ Perry ? Read More About Her


Who Is CJ Perry ? Read More About Her

Catherine Joy “CJ” Perry was born in March 24, 1985, is an American professional wrestler, professional wrestling manager, actress, dancer, model, and singer. She is best known for her time in the professional wrestling promotion WWE, under the ring name Lana.

Perry was born on March 24, 1985, in Gainesville, Florida, the eldest of four siblings. She is of Portuguese and Venezuelan descent. She spent several years of her childhood in the Latvian SSR, where her father worked as a Christian missionary. Perry and her family remained in Latvia after it restored its independence in 1991. From an early age, Perry aspired to become a ballet dancer like her mother. She attended the Riga Choreography School (the ballet school of the Latvian National Opera) and began dancing with the Latvian National Ballet at the age of 14.

At the age of 17, Perry returned to the U.S. She initially lived in New York City, where she danced at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Broadway Dance Center, and Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. She later enrolled at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida, majoring in dance and acting. While attending FSU, she began attending Florida State Seminoles football games with Jenn Sterger and several other students, cheering from the bleachers while dressed as cowgirls. The students, known as the FSU Cowgirls, entered the public consciousness after being acknowledged by commentator Brent Musburger during a game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes that aired on ABC in September 2005.

Perry parlayed the exposure into a modelling career, appearing in photoshoots in publications such as the RIDGID Tool Calendar and working as a spokesmodel for the energy drinks Matrix and Red Bull. Upon graduating from FSU, she relocated to Los Angeles with the aim of working in show business.

Lana has appeared in six WWE video games. She made her in-game debut at WWE 2K15 as an NPC, appearing during Rusev’s entrance and winning celebration. She later made her managing debut in WWE 2K16 and later appearing in its follow-ups, WWE 2K17 and WWE 2K18. She was confirmed to be a playable character for the first time in WWE 2K19 and followed that up with appearance in WWE 2K20 and WWE 2K Battlegrounds.

In 2016, it was announced that Lana would be featured as a main cast member for the sixth season of Total Divas. Lana joined the cast of VH1’s reboot of The Surreal Life in 2021. Perry once dated actor and former American football player Isaiah Mustafa. She married AEW wrestler Miroslav Barnyashev, better known by his ring names Rusev and Miro, on July 29, 2016.