Lana’s current babyface push is an example of what I think of as a “take it or leave it” program.
If it’s working for you, that’s great! If not and you wish WWE would spend the time on something else, it’s probably best for your blood pressure to wait for it to be over, and maybe even tune out until it is. If Vince McMahon is committed to a story, it’s not going to just disappear. But if there’s no evidence it’s helping his bottom line, it won’t continue forever either.
Personally, I’m leaving it. The moral of the story - that Lana won’t give up no matter how much she’s bullied - is a good one. But the execution has been clunky, and while I have no problem with CJ Perry the person*, Lana the character doesn’t do much for me.
As far as how much more of the story fans get to enjoy or non-fans need to wait out... it looks like there’s a good bit yet to come. After Lana was the sole survivor for Team Raw on PPV two nights ago, she got another shot at Raw Women’s champ Asuka last night (Nov. 23). That broke down when WWE Women’s Tag champs Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler got into it with the Empress, but Lana stepped in to stop Jax from doing to Asuka what she’s done to her nine times... put her through a table (yay, agency! Something that was missing from Lana’s Survivor Series booking).
That led to the usual non-title match between Asuka & Lana and Jax & Baszler, where Asuka rolled up Shayna when she was busy trying to choke out Lana, who’d just fought off a tenth attempt by Jax to put her through the announce table (yay! more action by the hero of the story).
On WWE Network’s Raw Talk post-show, Lana says she’s still gunning for her new friend Asuka’s title (after she talks about her custom designer dress from France, which is an example of why her character doesn’t work for me... but rich people get bullied too, and the existence of influencers proves lots of people are able to root for those who boast about their wardrobe)...
... but if decades of watching WWE have taught me anything, it’s that Lana & Asuka’s non-title win will lead to a title match at some point. And since Lana’s story has been based around Nia putting her through tables, the upcoming Tables, Ladders & Chairs PPV seems like a fitting place to have that match, with the stipulation someone has to be put through a table to win.
We’ll see if I’m right over the next couple weeks. In the meantime, use the comments to let us know whether or not you’re looking forward to watching this story developing between now and TLC on Dec. 20.
* I feel compelled to point this out, both because the WWE Chronicle on Lana made it clear how much online harassment she gets, and because her storyline strikes me as including some ‘Reality’ era commentary on social media bullying.