Mandy Rose Says She ‘Just Went With’ Return To NXT

2 years ago by Sanchez Taylor

Mandy Rose Says She ‘Just Went With’ Return To NXT

Mandy Rose has opened up about her return to NXT, following almost four years on the WWE main roster.

A runner-up of the 2015 season of Tough Enough, Rose made her NXT in-ring debut in early 2016. Rose arrived on the WWE main roster in November 2017 alongside Sonya Deville as Absolution.

In July, Rose made a surprise return to the (formerly) Gold Brand. In an interview with Fightful, Rose explained that she wasn’t given much of an explanation from management about the move.

Enjoying the opportunity to showcase a more ruthless persona, Rose said:

“I got the call and I didn’t really get much explanation, which is kind of the usual. I didn’t expect anything less. It’s one of those things where they want you to help some of the other talent out, need a good heel, and I said, ‘Sure, why not.’ I live in Florida, it’s not that bad of a commute for me. I kinda just went with it and it worked out really well. I am in the process of helping a lot of the other talent and other women.

“In that process, I think I kind of evolved myself, in the best way possible. I kind of felt like I needed a little bit of a revamp or whatever it may be. I think we all go through those moments where are characters have to evolve and change a little bit or find some other layers to your character, in a sense. I have and I’m really enjoying this ruthless side of me. I knew I always had it, but sometimes you need the time and space for it. You know how it is on TV, it’s hard with the women getting…we’ve come a really long way but it’s hard with all of us and sometimes you can get lost in the shuffle.

“It is done a little differently than when you’re in a different arena every week, but I love it because it’s easy for me, it’s just a drive every week so I can’t complain with my commute. Also, it makes everyone feel more comfortable because it’s the same spot and the same areas where you reflect before you do your promo. Our fans are amazing in Orlando so that’s really nice. They have a cool setup, especially with 2.0. I like it, I think it’s awesome.”

Rose is currently aligned with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne as ‘Toxic Attraction’. At NXT Halloween Havoc, Rose defeated Raquel Gonzalez to win the NXT Women’s Championship, and Dolin & Jayne claimed the Women’s Tag Team Titles.

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