Lana was interviewed by USA Today and talked about her new gimmick, which at first glance seems like a very big and abrupt change from her old character. But according to Lana, it’s not really:

“I’m the same ‘Ravishing Russian’ that you’ve always known,” she said of the character she portrays. “It’s funny to me when I hear people say that it’s a new character. I embody ‘Ravishing.’ I come out in the most ravishing dress. I have a ravishing entrance. I’m ravishing people’s hearts. I was managing Rusev and wearing a suit because if you’re managing someone or an agent in real life, you are going to wear a suit to work.

“Right now, I’m the focal point, I’m the one competing. If people know anything about Russians, we do things really over the top. We wear high heels everywhere. We show up in the most extravagant outfits. I am just embodying how I was raised and what I grew up in. Some people might think we’re extra, I just think we’re ravishing.

“I’m the same woman, I’m just going to be crushing people myself.”