During WWE's Battleground PPV Lana cut a promo that raised ire of many people in the main stream press. It was perceived that she was talking about the Malaysia Airlines tragedy; but WWE took stuck by their defenses and posted the following statement in regards to the matter:

"Last night's segment during WWE's Battleground event was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than 3 months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night's segment and was offended."