Earlier this year, Rosa Mendes announced her retirement from the WWE. Since then, the former Total Divas star has stayed busy through her health and fitness Totally Fit Mama App as well as being a mother to her daughter Jordan.

In an interview with Ya JagOff Pittsburgh podcast, Rosa opens up about her decade run with the WWE, early advice she  received from fellow WWE Superstar Beth Phoenix and reveals her favorite wrestling move. Highlights of the interview below.

On move from WWE Superstar to motherhood: “I was in WWE for ten years and when you’re a WWE Superstar, its all about you. You’re kind of selfish, how to get yourself over. how to get yourself more famous, more eyes on you. Then all of the sudden, you get pregnant and this perfect little human being is born and its all about this human. Its not about you anymore. I never thought I would feel that way for someone because I was very quite selfish to tell you the truth. I started Totally Fit Mama Lifestyle brand and I’m basically do it for her to be a role model for her and just to help other moms.”

On advice she received from Beth Phoenix: “Wrestling for three years into the business and I had separated my shoulder at WrestleMania. I tried to do a suicide dive like The Undertaker and that didn’t really work out. Instead of on my back, I landed directly on my shoulder, separating my shoulder. Beth is like ‘If you love this business so much, more than a lot of people I know, and if you want to have a really long career, why don’t you try being a manager too? You can slap guys in the face and choke them out and you don’t really have to take that many bumps.’ So I became a manager and I kind of was in that role for a very very long time but I also missed wrestling so much. I got to be in the business for ten years people and not a lot of people can say that.”

Her favorite wrestling move: “I’d have to say slapping girls in the face. You can pull a punch and kick and stuff like that. But when you slap someone, you don’t pull that. You slap as hard as you can and when you’re slapping someone you kind of don’t like, its kind of rad.”

Rosa also discusses starting her Totally Fit Mama app and initially wanting to get back in the ring after giving birth.

You can listen to the full interview here.

What did you think of the interview? What are your favorite Rosa Mendes moments? Have you subscribed to the Toally Fit Mama app? Let us know in the comments below!

  • HOLLA

    Mwah much love Rosa! Jordan is sooooo beautiful!

  • Monkey Meat

    Well she was actually quite good in developmental for her lack of experience, but she was a piss poor embarrassment on the main roster. Wondering if I should cut her some slack now after finding out that an injury hindered her progress.. Oh well girls like Layla came back from MCL and ACL injuries and were better than they were before they got hurt.

    • Don ?

      It will forever boggle me how she was decent in OVW and FCW but was terrible on the main roster. Stage fright, maybe? I don’t know. It was weird.

      • Raekon

        Restrictions. She wasn’t allowed to use like 95% of her moveset on the main roster and were only used in Singles matches to further other womens storylines or to Job to someone that needed a win over someone.

  • Jaded

    She was a wrestler?

    • George

      She knew how to do some basic moves

      • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

        Key word here is SOME

        • George

          yeah xD

        • MK126

          She knew how to slap ???

      • Jaded

        I’ve never seen a match she was on

        • Raekon

  • Ghetto Baby

    I feel so bad for this, but I giggled at the thought of her attempting a suicide dive. ??

    • MK126

      like The Undertaker for that matter! No wonder she fucked up her shoulder

  • Love her ?

  • MK126

    Fave wrestling move: Womens special slap #3
    Injuries: separated shoulder by doing Undertaker-esque suicide dive… girl you couldn’t even throw yourself out of the ring correctly… what is the truth??

    • Rosanna

      Push then slap lmao.

    • Raekon

      She was actually one of the best bumpers in her time and the only one to go over the top rope in battle royals for quite some time before other girls did it.

      • MK126

        I think you guys are giving her WAY too much credit…

        • Raekon

          Check The Matches I posted in this thread and you will See that she was capable of more than what she was allowed to do on the Main Röster.

          • MK126

            Ive seen her wrestle and shes definitely not the greatest and not the worst… shes just basic

          • Raekon

            Totally Basic on the Main roster on which she wasnt allowed to do more.

        • Raekon

          Check Thema Matches I posted in this thread and you will See that she was capable of more than what she was allowed to do on the Main Röster.

  • Wicked Emma

    I’m happy that Rosa is doing well after WWE. And that she’s focusing on her daughter and being a mom. Instead of trying to get back in the Wrestling ring

  • Darryl lee

    She’s been in the wrestling buisness for ten years but yet she’s done NOTHING of relevance. That’s embarrasing

    That aside, I still wish her the best of luck in taking care of her child.

    • Raekon

      – OVW Womens Champion
      – Queen of FCW
      – WWE Slammy Award Winner
      – Ranked 43 out of the top 50 Female Wrestlers in 2008
      – Was included in two different games (Need for Speed and WWE2K16)
      – Acted in Commercials
      – Acted in Total Divas
      I would say sie achieved and did more than several other women that wrestled more in the wwe but people tend to overlook everything only because she was jobbing to everyone in the ring and wasn’t allowed to do much on the main roster..

      • Darryl lee

        -OVW means nothing
        -FCW doesn’t mean much. (Who the hell even remembers FCW or OVW without going on the Internet to figure out what those are?
        -What’s so fantastic about having a slammy award for “best sports equipment”?
        -was womens wrestling all that great in 2008?
        -“Need for speed”, never heard of that game. She was a MANAGER in WWE2K16, not a WRESTLER.
        -Who cares?
        -That reality show sucks.
        And so, she sucks as a wrestler. She will go down in infamy as one of the worst womens wrestlers in history. The only thing that’s impressive about her is how she was employed for so long.

        • Raekon

          Shove your hate where the sun doesn’t shine on and stop making excuses only so you can hate even more.
          OVW and FCW were Wrestling promotions and it doesn’t matter if you do remember them or not, Other women that were Champions in the past and are even partially in the hall of fame were also in promotions that doesn’t even exist and they still count.
          The Show sucks to you maybe but not to everyone, stop putting your opinion as if it was everyones around the world.
          Slammy Awards were always gimmicky no matter who won them so if it Counts for others, it Counts for her too.
          Others were also included as Manager in the game so what?
          She was still in it.
          Need for Speed was a racing games series which was very good (I think they even still exist).
          There were several Managers in the history of the wwe that only wrestled for storyline purposes and were even worse then Rosa but you don’t go saying “they sucked as a wrestler” either.
          So I guess you hate her for whatever reason trying to do as if she wasn’t worth anything which is beyond stupid in my opinion.

          • Darryl lee

            -The slammy awards mean nothing as the people who won them don’t deserve it. And I’m sure everyone in the comment section knows it’s full of crap.
            -She’s in those games but who the hell even plays her? Besides you of course.
            -who the hell would even acknowledge their accomplishments in OVW or FCW? WWE doesn’t.
            -I don’t think anyone will even remember her as a “good” manager either. Look at who she’s managed over the years.

          • Raekon

            – Well I already said it’s a gimmicky reward that many got, it just counts for the wwe as a accomplishement of some short for what it’s worth.

            – I actually used her as a Manager only in the my career mode for a while, otherwise not at all since I created her as a wrester for the game which got tons of downloads showing that there are tons of people interested.

            – Everyone aknowledges their accomplishements in their profiles no matter the Promotion. It’s not only wwe in the world of Wrestling you know?

            – many already do remember her as a good Manager across all promotions she worked on. Her mic work and backstage segments werre gold in OVW, in ECW and also partially in the wwe aswell.

            Wrestlers managed
            – Bad Kompany (Mike Kruel, Shawn Osborne, and Eddie Craven)
            – Abraham Washington
            – Glamarella (Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix)
            – Carlito
            – Zack Ryder
            – Alicia Fox
            – Tamina
            – Primo & Epico
            – Fandango
            – Adam Rose

            Don’t have any favorites cause I generaly love womens Wrestling and Support all of them, just find it unfair to go after people like in a witch hunt for things they weren’t to blame on for the biggest part.

          • MK126

            yeah her winning a slammy award for jumping rope shouldn’t be on your list of accomplishments….

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    She has turned into an amazing role model!

  • Aye Mate

    Think the wrestling industry is far too toxic for gentle people and in that breath it’s amazing Rosa managed to stick it out for 10 years and come out the other side with a lot of positivity. She seems like she has the stability she’s always wanted, so good for her.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      So true it can be very toxic.

  • Dreignz

    She never was a real WWE Superstar

  • BriesBreakfast
    • king valor

      this team could have went places smh.

    • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

      ICONIC theme & team

    • jbrizzy

      Yess. This was the Rosa that was needed

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Rosa made them worth looking at

    • Don ?

      All you need is a little sex appeal and you’re set. People don’t seem to understand that. Sex always sells.

    • A?.

      Not at thigs gif being long af, omg.

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  • George

    I really wanted to see Rosa Mendes winning a match before retiring…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2cc084a3e71fc8e91fc92fe1ec60242948201e033bd65f945ad05e4829c22c71.jpg

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      She technically did win one singles match.

      • George

        I’m talking about a clean victory xD

    • Raekon

      She won several matches down in FCW and some during her Womens Champion title run in OVW. :)
      On the main roster she was used only as a Manager and jobber so she wasn’t allowed to win matches unless it was tag Team/multiperson ones or matches that furthered the storylines of others like the DQ win over Layla to further the feud between laycool.
      Heck she wasn’t even allowed to use like 95% of her actual moveset on the main roster so, it’s not a surprise at all.

  • BriesBreakfast

    OT: They released Mike and Maria’s theme.

    IT’S SO BAD IT’S GOOD AND SO CATCHY.

    • jbrizzy

      I actually really love it. And they could definitely both use it separately

    • QueenSableBomb

      I’m mad this is kind of a bop lmao. I’m gonna miss Legs Like That though

  • jbrizzy

    Beth was like “Gurrrrrrl this ain’t gonna work” lol but all jokes aside I’m really happy Rosa is in a great place. I admit,I used to drag her every chance I got,but I’m glad she really turned her life around,because she could have ended up in very very dark place,and WWE is a great company for literally keeping around to make sure that she was taken care of. I also love that she named her baby after me lol. I wish her nothing but the best.

    • Lmaooo

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Rosa saying she did a suicide dive? Bitch where??? I’m cackling.

      • jbrizzy

        I didn’t want to say anything,but I died when she said she attempted it! She literally fucked it up and Beth said “girl let’s just find something else better for you to do,outside of the ring ” ???

        • MK126

          I’m still trying to figure that out. She said she did it at a WM… like which one was she in that she attempted a suicide dive??

          • Ken Lushh

            i’m sooooooo dead

          • MK126

            Its true! I cant think of any WM’s she was in besides WM30 and maybe WM25 and in none of those she did anything remotely close to a suicide dive

          • Raekon

            Developmental preshow Like nowadays they are doing with NXT in the wrestlemania Access.

          • MK126

            Oh thats when she did it?? Well who the fuck told her to throw herself out of the ring like that ??? thats like when Ember separated her shoulder. She made it seem like she was doing suicide dives everywhere lol

          • Embers injury was a storyline! But Rosa tells about it in her interview!

          • MK126

            I saw the video and I read the parts that have be published on here. No one told her to fly out of the ring especially since she was already so close to the ropes. I guess her WM moment was separating her shoulder

          • If you listened you would’ve heard why she did it. It’s just that simple.

      • Raekon

        She was doing much more in FCW in 2008 and further.
        Only on the main roster she was kept as a jobber and Manager.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    Rosa was decent in FCW, she wasn’t anywhere near good but she showed she was making progress. I also remember Rosa revealing she struggled with alcoholism. But the girl never quite grasped how to wrestle. And between that, injuries, and being poor in the ring, she suffered. Poor Rosa, but she’s lucky to have had a job as long as she did. It’s funny that she lives in Pittsburgh because I do as well. I never heard of this radio podcast thing.

    • Degenerous Boss

      I live very close to Pittsburgh but i never supported Rosa and don’t know anyone who has ???

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        All I know is Boris does but he stans all the jobbers.

        • QueenSableBomb

          AH lmaoooo ?

    • Raekon

      She started drinking after she kept being abused by her fiance back in 2011 (that had another fiance in a other state) and after she asked for help by the Police and the wwe because she was afraid he might kill her, they got rid of him, she went into therapy to get away from alcoholism (which she successfully did) and returned as a Manager after again.
      It’s true that the whole thing took it’s toll to her Body but injurywise she never injured anyone and she only suffered like two small injuries herself with one being from this suicide dive attempt.
      She was doing great in FCW and in houseshows but they never let her really shine on the main roster.

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        I remember when she debuted in 2009 attacking Melina and then being Beth’s obsessed fan. She was considered a formidable opponent. Sadly, she only got worse.

        • Raekon

          They wasted her in the “apprentice spot” in which even when she hit her finisher on Mickie James, Mickie kicked out after the first count already as if it was nothing. From there on she was already marked as a jobber and weren’t allowed to do anything of importance in the ring, only a few moves before she got pinned by everyone and their grandma which was sad to see.
          She was great on the mic and in segments and I enjoyed her in OVW. ECW and FCW the most. I posted a few of her better matches in which she were allowed to use more moves on this thread already if you would like to check them out.

  • I expected more from Rosa in the ring & she never gave it to me, she was good as a manager though.

  • 3???????

    I thought she was finally released ?

  • KissMyLights #QueenPeyton

    Sweety you really did nothing to constitute being a WWE superstar.

  • 3???????

    I’m tryna find this suicide dive she speaks of

  • CauchemarBlond

    Miss the good old times where Rosa and other girls like Sofia Cortez, Raquel Diaz, AJ Lee(for sure) were shining in the squared circle of FCW

  • OriginalsFan

    Beth prob told her to become a manager because she could not be a decent wrestler…prob ended up injuring herself and others. Being in the biz for 10 years and could not take bumps or cues correctly…i mean…sorry for being so harsh on her, but she could not wrestle, wasted a lot of time and money

  • A?.

    When did she try to do a suicide dive? I need to see it.

  • Degenerous Boss

    Rosa Mendes is not even a professional wrestler, why are we even talking about her? ??????

  • QueenSableBomb

    I’m mad I laughed at her saying she attempted a suicide dive lmao

  • Raekon

    Very happy she finally found happiness in life after all the struggles she had to go through a few years ago. :)
    Wish her all the best for the future!

  • ssilva872

    Praise Beth for suggesting her whack ass manage instead of ‘wrestle’.

  • John Finnie

    I think beth was just saying your just not going to cut it as a wrestler
    Glad she is happy & sober