CJ Perry believes that a love-triangle storyline involving Bobby Lashley made WWE a large amount of money.
Perry and Lashley were involved in a short and often forgotten storyline beginning in late 2019. Perry’s real life husband Rusev, now known in AEW as Miro, and Liv Morgan were also entwined in a romance based feud that was met with a lukewarm reception from the audience at the time.
The former Lana, however, has only positive memories of the angle and recently told Fightful that she believes the quartet made the WWE a lot of money:
“If it’s Tony Khan or if it’s Vince, at the end of the day, they’re the directors and the producers and the CEOs of this story. It’s at least $100,000 per minute that they’re on television, maybe more now at this point.
But I remember in 2020 hearing, I believe from TJ and Nattie, that Vince said that’s it’s $100,000 a minute to be on USA. So I think, again, this is where savage business comes into it. Are you worth that $100,000 a minute? This is a business at the end of the day. So Vince thought that was good business. It would be naive of any of us to think he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Yes, we’re younger and we have a youthful opinion to bring to the table, but he has years of experience.
So, look, it got me the biggest contract I ever got in my life and I’m very thankful for that. I think that, again, what the Bobby Lashley story taught me is scandal sells. So it doesn’t matter, it still sells. People might hate it, we still made WWE a lot of money.
Like our YouTube videos made them a lot of money. This is a business at the end of the day. If it doesn’t translate into sales, if it doesn’t translate into subscriptions, ticket sales, all of that, viewership, then who cares? I’m just hired talent. We’re storytellers. We all know there’s been a ton of affairs and love triangles.”
CJ Perry Believes Relationship Angles Are Good For Business
Perry remains an advocate for relationship-based storylines in wrestling and revealed that she was upset at the negative reaction that the angle received:
“Relationship stories really sell. Most people have all been in love at some point, heart ache, maybe broken up with, backstabbed. So I think that’s all very relatable. I think it’s also really relatable, more gender fluidity right now in this time. Especially with Millenials and Gen-Z specifically.
So I think I really resonated with that story. When they pitched it to me, I said, ‘Oh, this totally makes sense.’ I resonated with it. So I found it a little offensive that everyone found it so offensive.”
H/T: Fightful for the above transcription