AKSANA POLITICS
Name
Aksana
Real Name
Zivile Raudoniene
Date of Birth
April 29, 1982
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2009
JoJo Offerman
In WWE, sometimes a good personality can help to combat backstage politics. JoJo Offerman appears to be doing that right now, as it has been rumored that management has been praising her for maintaining a good attitude and continuing to work hard down in developmental. Some felt that she would be resentful towards WWE for removing her from the main roster and from the Total Divas cast.
May 26, 2014
Bob Holly
"They try to make that hall of fame leigtimate, but if you'll notice, to me, it's politically driven. A dead giveaway is Hunter wanting all of his little buddies, his little circle first. He's taken care of all of them." - Bob Holly suggesting that backstage politics plays a big part in the WWE Hall of Fame
May 19, 2014
Brock Lesnar
"Here's a guy that has a huge ego. He has a hard time with putting anybody over and let alone outside the business when someone like Brock Lesnar would have to hurt him. His ego wouldn't let him walk around in a sling. He wants people to know it's entertainment unless he's the one doing it then he wants you to walk around in a leg cast. This is what I see the problem is and I've been pretty critical about it. You've got somebody in that position that's got too big of an ego to run a company like that. Triple H goes to extreme lengths to look good, to be big and cut and make sure he's on the cover of the muscle magazine and make sure he's in fitness things. He's the guy who's putting himself in the forefront. For anybody to run a company like the WWE, you can't be that guy. You've got too much talent out there for you to put yourself out there in front of them." - Ken Shamrock bashing HHH for backstage politics
April 28, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
JBL
"There is a lot of truth to that, absolutely. There were guys that came there from other organizations that perhaps they thought they should just skip everybody else and skip right to the top and have things right away the way they wanted. I mean, hey, there are rules and things that you have to abide by as far as this business goes. and you have to respect those. But, when you don't respect those, then hey, we have got a problem. So, yes, we had a lot of guys who came in with that attitude, and John and I would have to be called upon to let them know 'hey, that is not how it works here'." - Ron Simmons on how he and JBL handled backstage politics in WWE
April 1, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"People always say, 'Oh, there haven't been many black champions,' but on the other hand, there are a whole lot of white people that never won a belt either. These days, I think it's less of a racial thing. I honestly believe that if you are able to entertain and interact with the crowd, it doesn't matter what ethnicity you may be. WWE will reward you." - Kofi Kingston discusses racism and backstage politics
March 26, 2014
Davey Richards
"We're not talking. We're not on good terms. I have no respect for them whatsoever. I strongly dislike management there like with the exception of Jeff Jones who is a great guy. But the booker (Hunter Johnson) is completely inadequate at his job and he got his job more for being spineless than being talented. And the owner (Joe Koff) is even worse, he could care less about wrestling. He just wants to do television. To me, it's just not something I agree with but I'm not there anymore and they do their own thing. And for the talent and the fans I wish them nothing but the best of luck. That company is in business not because of stellar booking and stellar management. They're in business still because they'they're spineless. The talent there is phenomenal. They're top notch and great. But the management from the booker to the owner it's definitely shut up and do what you're told and drink the Kool-aid. I made a joke when I was there I called it Jim Jones wrestling. Just shut up and drink the Kool-aid and do your job. In private, people are going this sucks this sucks this sucks and I'm the one who came out and said this is terrible. I worked for that company and gave them everything I had for seven years. I think I earned my right to an opinion. Once that got out, it was like you're going against the stream? You're not here to have an opinion, just shut up and do your job and get your paycheck. I'm sure you can find someone else to do that for a lot less money than what you're paying me so I'm just going to go about my way. Best decision I ever made and I have no desire to go back, ever." - Davey Richards talks about the backstage politics in ROH
March 8, 2014
John Cena
"He's a workhorse. He does incredible things for the company and he busts his butt. Outside the ring, I can't stand the guy. He's not a nice guy, he holds talent down. He steals ideas. He's a prick." - Tyler Reks discusses backstage politics with John Cena when he was in WWE
February 26, 2014
Kamala
"Vince McMahon has certain people that he will pay. If you get along with Vince, do him sexual favors, you'll get along good with him. But if you just (do your job and) mind your own business, then he doesn't like you for some reason. There was a lot of men with men in those days and even men with boys. I know a lot of guys that (failed drug tests) and it was documented that they passed, and I know what they did." - Kamala on backstage politics in WWE
February 23, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
"It was strictly politics. Dusty Rhodes was the booker and he was against it. You know, what are you going to do. He didn't book me anywhere during the whole time I had the belt until the rematch because Dusty Rhodes was a very, very jealous guy when it came to guys getting over. He was the wrong guy to be a booker. He is the one who put Jim Crockett out of business. He is the reason Jim Crockett had to sell and was losing his butt. It was the same thing with the Rock and Roll Express. He couldn't stand the Rock and Roll Express getting over like rock stars. I mean, girls would go crazy. They had to have some protection for the Rock and Roll Express, the girls would attack them, just like rock stars, it was unbelievable." - Ronnie Garvin discusses backstage politics and Dusty Rhodes
February 12, 2014
Linda McMahon
While she has been relatively quiet as of late, Linda McMahon is still making moves in the world of politics. The former WWE CEO is being honored this month with the Prescott Bush Award, which is viewed as the highest honor that is bestowed by the Connecticut Republican Party. Despite the launch of the WWE Network, Linda is still keeping her distance from the company.
February 10, 2014
Carlito
Those hoping to see Carlito making his return to the company some day are going to be quite disappointed, as it seems like he has very little interest in returning to WWE. The former US champion has been booked rather frequently on the independent wrestling circuit, and he reportedly is not interested in returning to the backstage politics that takes place in WWE.
February 8, 2014
Daniel Bryan

"Hey WWE I’m not trying to be rude but the crowd seems to really want Daniel Bryan. Juuuuuuust MAFAKIN Saying!! Geez. Sadly WWE is still run by 'Muscle Marks.' It is what it is folks."

- Shane Helms on backstage politics in WWE

January 27, 2014
Armando Estrada

"You're not allowed to get over in WWE unless they want you to. If you do, you can and will be punished. Has happened to many over the years."

- Armando Estrada on backstage politics in WWE

January 26, 2014
Bret Hart

"Toronto deserves Rob Ford, they put him in office. Toronto deserves everything it gets. Up in Calgary we've got a more prestigious mayor [Naheed Nenshi]. I think we've got the best mayor in North America."

December 7, 2013
Aksana
"It hasn't quite hit me yet, and I've been repeating it in my head. I hate to say that my run with WWE is over. Sucks that I'm leaving, especially at this point in my career, but thank you to everyone around the world who have supported me these past few years. I love you all." - Aksana commenting on her WWE release
June 13, 2014
Naomi Knight
Despite being utilized on Monday Night Raw this week, Aksana received her release from WWE today. Many were expecting the company to let her walk when her contract expired, as it was pretty evident that management was not very big on her. She was rarely used, and she received a lot of backstage heat from WWE officials when she injured Naomi Knight during a match earlier this year.
June 12, 2014
Aksana
Rumors are floating around right now that there is a video that features WWE diva Aksana in the nude. Upon further investigation, it is simply a Daily Motion video that is attempting to draw in gullible WWE fans. While it does show a couple of women in various stages of undress, the video does not feature Aksana whatsoever.
May 5, 2014
Paige
Even though she defeated AJ Lee and is the current WWE Divas Champion, management is still using the same strategy on Paige as they do with other new performers. She has been working against lower level opponents like Aksana and Alicia Fox. That plan is not working out as WWE expected, as fan reaction has been a bit disappointing during the matches.
April 27, 2014
Aksana
Even though she has not been featured all that frequently, Aksana has been booked for the upcoming tour of Europe. The company views her as a bit of a draw in that part of the world. The belief is that WWE will have her teaming up with Alicia Fox to take on Nikki Bella and Brie Bella at those shows. The Total Divas stars will likely go over in these bouts.
April 22, 2014
Paige
A video of the match between Paige and Aksana on Smackdown this week. Since she is new to the main roster, WWE is trying to give credibility to the Divas champion by having her work on television against as many of the female performers as possible.
April 21, 2014
Aksana
A picture of Aksana wearing a bikini. This photo was taken before she became a WWE star. She was actually a hot blonde fitness model back then.
April 15, 2014
Aksana
Another name that is rumored to be released by WWE soon is Aksana. While she is on good terms with management now, the backstage relationship has always been up and down. The belief is that the company views her as being expendable and will more than likely allow her to walk once her contract expires. WWE needs room for newer stars.
April 13, 2014
Aksana
Since she was recently announced as a participant in a Wrestlemania 30 match, rumor has it that Aksana is doing much better with management backstage. She has been in and out of the dog house for quite some time. Her inclusion at the pay per view suggests that WWE is no longer as upset with her for the eye injury to Naomi Knight.
March 26, 2014
Naomi Knight
Initially, there was a push backstage in WWE to have AJ Lee defending the belt against Naomi Knight in a straight up match, but for the sake of Total Divas, management opted to just throw as many of the girls into the match as possible. Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Natalya Neidhart, Eva Marie, Summer Rae, Emma, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Layla El and Tamina Snuka are now involved.
March 25, 2014
Aksana
In an attempt to appease CM Punk, it appears that WWE gave AJ Lee the night off while the rest of the company was filming Monday Night Raw in Chicago. Management opted to do a random tag team match with Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Aksana and Alicia Fox instead of building up a Divas Championship program for AJ at Wrestlemania 30.
March 4, 2014
Aksana
While there is some backstage heat on Aksana because she was the one that accidentally injured Naomi Knight during Monday Night Raw, many are expecting her to make it through this period just fine. A good sign is that WWE has continued giving her televised matches since the incident. Very few are expecting her to be released because of this.
March 2, 2014
Aksana
Since she suffered an eye injury during a match on Monday Night raw with Aksana, Naomi Knight has been given time off of the road by WWE, which means that she has a lot of time on her hands. The diva decided to use that time to pose for these pictures of herself wearing an eye patch.
February 23, 2014
Brie Bella
Total Divas is being filmed in Cabo this week, so Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Cameron, Natalya Neidhart and Eva Marie are all down there for the taping. Naomi Knight, however, is not able to appear, as she is currently unable to fly because of an eye injury she suffered during a match with Aksana. The pressure from the flight would make the injury worse.
February 22, 2014
Naomi Knight
WWE is now reporting that Naomi Knight does not need surgery for her eye injury, which was suffered during a match against Aksana on Monday Night Raw a couple of weeks ago. The damage is still bad enough to prevent her from traveling however, so that means that she will not be on television for the next several weeks.
February 18, 2014
Jimmy Uso
Since his wife, Naomi Knight, is off the road after suffering a severe eye injury during a match against Aksana on Monday Night Raw, Jimmy Uso was given time off from WWE as well. He did not work the live event in San Jose over the weekend. Instead, his brother, Jey Uso, was given a rare singles match against Luke Harper that evening.
February 9, 2014
Naomi Knight
It appears that the eye injury suffered by Naomi Knight has worsened, as she did not work the WWE live event in Oakland this weekend. That left the inexperienced Cameron to work a single smatch against Alicia Fox. Naomi was injured during a match on Monday Night Raw against Aksana, which she still managed to finish.
February 8, 2014
Aksana
If Nikki Bella and Brie Bella get their way, then there would be a tag team division for the divas. To prepare for that potential addition by WWE, Alicia Fox and Aksana have focused more on being a team. Alicia has even started to call themselves Foxsana.
February 6, 2014
Naomi Knight

While the backstage heat on Aksana has subsided over the last few months, some of it has returned this week, as a few people are blaming her for the eye injury that Naomi Knight suffered on Monday Night Raw this week, even though it was an accident.

February 5, 2014
Aksana

While working a match against Aksana on Monday Night Raw this week, a little accident took place that gave Naomi Knight an assortment of eye injuries, including a bruised orbital bone. WWE medical staff gave her some ice and medicine backstage, and she's expected to make a quick recovery.

February 4, 2014