It has been over a year since Impact Wrestling star Rosemary made her debut in January 2016. In the course of that year, the Demon Assassin has gone from leading her team of Abyss and Crazzy Steve [The Decay] to high profiled feuds against The Wolves and The Broken Hardys to revolutionizing her character to capturing the Knockouts title.

In an in-depth interview with UK’s Mirror, Rosemary reflects back on first successful year with Impact Wrestling, creative control of her character and thoughts on Anthem’s ownership over Impact. Highlights of the interview below.

On her Impact debut: “It was literally a completely different debut to what most people receive. Normally your first experience on television in front of a national audience will be maybe ‘Here’s this newcomer, taking on current veteran XXX, we’ll be able to take a look at them…’ and commentary will read some background notes they have come up with about their wrestling background. It’s a very static introduction for most people. With Decay’s debut, which brought in a new, revamped look for Crazzy Steve and Abyss and a completely new look for me, this was the first experience anybody had of me and it was in your face, thrown in at the deep end, high paced, high tempo, immediately attacking the tag team champions. It was a case of ‘try to keep up, because we’re going with this, there is no time to explain’. I think that was how it came across as a feeling in the story for the characters in IMPACT as well, primarily The Wolves, being like: ‘Holy s*** where did these people come from? This is not what we were expecting.’ They were experiencing the same feeling the audience was experiencing too, so it was fourth wall-breaking almost. To have been brought into IMPACT in January basically to just be the female part of Decay, and not brought in to be a wrestler, to by the end of that year be Knockouts Champion, because everything they had given me I had knocked out the park and they had the trust and faith in me to carry whatever weight they put on me, that to me felt so good.”

On creative control over her character: “All through my life, from being a kid, I was the oldest of 13 cousins, so I was always telling stories to everyone. I was always coming up with stories and creating characters. I’m a very creative person and I love being part of a process where we say ‘let’s dive in, let’s get in-depth and figure out who this character is’. I’ve done six years of theatre and a lot of theatre is about figuring out who your character is and how you will portray them. When I think about Rosemary, I think about things that not necessarily will ever be reflected on screen, but I think about because it gets me into her head better. It makes me able to portray her in a more full and thought out matter that is going to allow me to bring a fuller and completely fleshed out character to your screens and make her more believable.”

On capturing the Knockouts Title: “It was so cool. I only learned what was happening at that set of tapings… that with Gail injured legitimately she was going to be at ringside for the match, it was going to be in a steel cage, it was going to main event that episode of IMPACT, but not only that, it was going to be the opening match of that day’s tapings, so that was the first thing that live crowd was going to see. It was the most wonderful, high pressure situation, because to me, some people perhaps might not like that kind of pressure and crumble under it, but I feel I perform best under that kind of pressure because it means ‘they trust me with this position, they believe I deserve it and I will go and prove that right’. I think that’s what we did. I loved that match.”

On the new ownership of Anthem: “I’ve been through several changes, several new bosses over a short period of time, and to me again it factors into the pressure situation where I impressed perhaps the last regime, but now there are new owners, so it’s time to step up, ‘put your big boy pants on’, impress these new owners and prove to them that I am in the position I am for a reason and they should keep me there. With Jade leaving and Steve leaving, all that meant was it was going to be a new story, a new angle to knock out of the park. I was nervous not to have Steve with me and Abyss out at ringside with me after the dissolution of Decay, because I was so used to us being a unit and a trio, but it’s a new challenge for me and for Rosemary. I knew as much as I missed having Steve around me, I wasn’t worried about myself because from a storytelling point of view, whatever I’m given, I’m going to give it all. Now we’re seeing a new side of Rosemary and character development we haven’t explored yet. As a storyteller this is so exciting.”

Rosemary also discusses the formation of The Decay, being part of the “Broken Universe” and facing Gail Kim in her first singles match with Impact.

You can read the full interview here.

What did you think of the interview? Have you enjoyed Rosemary’s run with Impact Wrestling so far? Where would you like to see Rosemary’s character go next? Let us know in the comments below!

  • DivaLicious?

    I wish rosemary would have been in the WWE women’s tournament. Because impact knockout division is “knocked out” for the 10 count like in boxing. Horrible division.

    Allie is just plain stupid????? She is kinda like a female version of Eugene from WWE. She just act retarded like in the ring. I’m just tired of the BS. We need seriousness in the knockout division because the division is already on life support. LVN is pathetic?????? sienna is boring & has no personality or ring ability. Brooke is M.I.A is which I wondnt blame her. Brandy Rhodes NO COMMENT?????

    You see this division is dead?

    • Malcolm James

      Have you seen Raw and Smackdown womens division
      Raw have no direction and not been use correctly Bayley,Mickie,Dana,Nia Jax
      and Smackdown storyline make absolutely no sense
      And don’t get me started on NXT

      • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

        ? RAW have no direction.
        ? SmackDown’s storyline makes no sense (because 5 of the best are having a huge MITB match to earn a championship match while a new-comer just got it).
        ? NXT had no direction and can’t seem to follow up with all of their ladies.
        Still this has been way better than anything TNA has been offering. Rosemary’s championship couldn’t even save it.

        • Dark Heel

          LOL WWE fucks up Bayley, Allie is Bayley done right. How do you fuck up Bayley?

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            Yes WWE did wrong Bayley, TNA is doing the whole division wrong. LVN gimmick? ?

    • JD

      Allie’s character is not like Eugene(the way she’s been booked lately, Bayley is closer to Eugene, character wise, than Allie is). Allie’s character is a “nice, kind-hearted air-head”…she’s closer to Maria’s WWE character than anything else, except she’s a better wrestler than Maria(in real life & “in character”).

  • I love Rosemary. She has said several times on Twitter that she’s happy where she is. I believe that WWE would water her down , and I love that Impact allows her creative control over the character. She is by far the most entertaining KO on the roster. If she loses to Sienna’s boring ass I’m gonna be pissed.

    I do agree that their roster is lackluster. I like Rosemary and LVN the best.

    • Malcolm James

      The roster is not lackluster they have 15 girls sign
      Impact just need to do better with the direction with the knockouts division
      Use more girls , improve the storyline and invest in the characters like they doing with Rosemary,Allie, LVN and Angelina Love

    • Steven5812

      WWE would NEVER have allowed Decay to happen in the first place; any more than it would have allowed Chelsea Green’s INSANE JILTED BRIDE gimmick to happen. (I like that too, though I think it should take a darker, more evil turn.)
      I think, though, that Jarrett made a BIG mistake in disbanding Decay; they were probably the number one attraction, and the number one movers of merch in Impact Wrestling. I mean, who’s going to remember the Veterans Of War in a year? :/
      I think the wrestling world will be talking about Rosemary and Decay for years to come.

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  • GEO

    I love her character, her wrestling and her BOP of a theme song. It’s just too bad the KO Division as a whole is flopping.

  • Jamal

    She’s done such a fantastic job in the role. And I love that she is so involved in the creative aspect and gets into her “character’s head”. You can definitely see it in her work.

  • Juan

    Love Rosemary!! She’s so talented and has delivered on every occasion! She more than deserves to be the top KO and the new face of the division!!

  • Idk where would the KO’s division will be without her, everythiNg is about hwr and she totally deserve it.