Two groups to the main roster are busy making waves after their surprising debut on November 27th and 28th. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville joined Paige to form Absolution, while Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan made a statement on SmackDown, forming the Riott Squad.

ESPN recently featured all five women as they reflected on arriving at NXT to being called up to WWE’s premier shows, Raw and SmackDown:

“For a long time before I got signed, I didn’t feel like a girl like me would ever be able to work for the WWE because I look so different,” said Riott. “Then I got to the Performance Center and then I still kind of had that feeling. [But then] I debuted for NXT about two months after I got there, and ever since, I’ve been involved in matches with some of the most incredible women I’ve ever stepped foot in the ring with.”

“Ever since Tough Enough, and getting put on Total Divas right away, it was kind of like I never stopped,” said Rose. “I was like, ‘Okay, now I need to get to the Performance Center.’ I needed to train and get the wrestling down. Once I started training at the Performance Center, getting in the groove of the schedule, and really getting used to that, I really loved it because I’m big with routine.”

“When I arrived at the Performance Center, I was 20 years old,” said Morgan. “So I was like the baby of the building. I definitely wasn’t mature as I should have been. Definitely wasn’t as responsible as I should’ve been. But they were really patient with me.”

The moment arrived sooner than any of them imagined, from sporadic appearances in NXT to quickly arriving on the main roster Liv reflects on how the women found out they were moving up:

“We get to Raw and we kind of get pulled aside in a room and we’re told that we’d be going to Raw or SmackDown,” continued Morgan. “I didn’t expect it at all. I was completely surprised and, of course, I’m so emotional and such a baby. I started crying. I grew up a little poor girl from New Jersey. I shouldn’t be here, but somehow, in this universe, I made it here in the WWE”

Ruby and Sarah echoed similar sentiments:

“It was a very emotionally, overwhelming weekend, but it was really, truly amazing,” said Riott. “My heart had never beaten so fast in my entire life. This was the moment that seven years of hard work at culminated to, showing the world on a different platform who I was and what I came there to do, and then to be able to do that because we had our sights set on two of the top women in the division. It was a really incredible experience. You know, to hear them chant NXT, to hear them chant ‘Ruby Riott’, it was amazing.”

“That was my dream ever since I was a little kid watching wrestling with my grandma,” said Logan. “That was the moment in my life I always worked for. When it’s there, you start questioning if you’re ready to make that step. Are you ready to have your life change forever? When you’re out there and the lights are on you, you have to feel at home. I felt like that was where I was supposed to be.”

Sonya mentioned that the best part of coming to Raw was experiencing the moment with her best friend Mandy:

“I think one of the best parts about this entire journey is that me and Mandy got to share it together,” said Deville. “We started together about two and a half years ago on Tough Enough, on the reality show where some odd thousand number of people tried out and me and Mandy were just two of those thousands applying for an opportunity to change our lives, never thinking it would come to this… We’ve tagged together in NXT, we fought each other in NXT — it’s just been this crazy rollercoaster ride that I’ve gotten to take with my best friend. It’s the best possible scenario I could ever ask for.”

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What do you think about these interviews? How do you feel about Absolution and Riott Squad’s impact so far? Sound off in the comments below. 

  • TorrieTrishStacyLita

    Riott Squad >

  • Chargod Flair #5x

    It’s kind of a no-brainer that they would be “elated”….

  • Tnn Crs

    Now the questions are WHAT DO THEY WANT? ARE THEY FACE OR HEEL?
    Does Paige just want to be dominant and rally everybody to her cause? Does she want to end Asuka’s streak? Does she plan on using Mandy and Sonya to get the title?
    I’m so confused…

  • Hangga

    sarah logan is boring

    • Tnn Crs

      But she is really talented ! Give her time ;)

    • YonceLuvsDivas

      Agreed

    • Donny Donny ?

      I find her gimmick annoying as all hell. I’m already not fond of country bumpkins because I interact with them on a daily basis. I was hoping she would stay in NXT for a while as a regular character so she could wean off the gimmick or evolve it somehow but I guess she’ll have to work on it on the MR. Her MYC performance against Mia Yim was Grade A though. I love her wrestling, just hate the gimmick.

      • Tnn Crs

        I totaly agree. Her character is not ready for the main roster but it’s cool to have a country girl… As long as she doesn’t end like Audrey Marie …

        • Omar Zaal

          OMG!!!!!
          I missed Audrey Marie
          There was something about her.

          • Tnn Crs

            Oh… I must have missed it…

          • Omar Zaal

            Yeah? you definitely did.

    • Exotic

      tbh anyone aside from Abbey Laith would have been a far better choice than that.

    • Kendra

      I 1000% agreed sarah logan aint shit for her to be on a main roaster

  • Jonny

    Really rooting for Sarah, followed her for years on the Indies, she is an awesome wrestler with loads and loads of charisma. Here’s hoping she’s the Becky Lynch of the squad (the one nobody was really bothered about in the 4HW but is now one of the favs).

    • Joseph

      Charlotte said in an interview a few months back that Sarah reminds her of Becky.

  • wysna

    I completely forgot about Tough Enough (which I didn’t really watch to begin with) and completely forgot that Sonya and Mandy were in it. Now, at least, their partnership with Paige makes sense. The Riott Squad, however, doesn’t really. Liv, despite her in ring work, I feel doesn’t need to be in a group. Sarah, I feel, still needs more TV time on her own and I feel like Ruby should’ve stayed at NXT longer to gain more of a following. Plus, the trio don’t really look that cohesive together.

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Mandy- Love her!!! She’s my new fave!!! #SlayQueen

    Sonya- Love her as well!! She better rep the LGBT ????

    Liv- She’s cool but I’d love to see more of this Harley Quinn heel like attitude.

    Sarah- I find her gimmick so boring! She’s an awesome wrestler but I wish WWE let her keep her CrazyMary gimmick from the indies.

    Ruby- Great performer and very interesting character. I’d love for her to find her inner Daffeny/Luna Vachon

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  • BLKLTR05

    Mandy, Ruby, and Sonya are definitely the ones who have obviously been working their asses off in NXT whether in regards to their in ring development (Sonya), their character (Mandy), or both (Ruby) and totally deserve to be there in the top leagues. Sarah has the wrestling down but her character is just so weird. It was never even properly explored on NXT TV so I don’t think the higher ups ever had a chance to see whether it worked or not. I hope she can transcend her horrible character with her wrestling ability. Liv says that she really wasn’t as mature as she needed to be when she first arrived at NXT and you can see that in her development to this day. She just isn’t good. Even in the header picture of the article she looks lost and if this were ANTM, she’d be read to filth by the entire panel of judges and eliminated. That’s how bad her picture is and what I am expecting from her to be honest.

    • Gerg

      she’s the new kelly kelly of this generation. Youngest girl with no experience prior to wwe.

      #HoodRatKellyKelly

      • BLKLTR05

        Ugh… makes me dislike her even more

  • Joseph

    For some reason Some fans keep thinking Liv Morgan was fitness model. Liv never was a Fitness Model she’s just a girl from N.J. that loves Pizza.

    • Philip272727

      She literally was a waitress in New Jersey, before she got signed by WWE. She just happened to be at a gym that one of Trips’ friends owns (and where Enzo worked out, before he signed), one thing lead to another & she signed.

      • BC

        Woooow! I didn’t even know that. That’s amazing.

        Sort of reminds me of Victoria’s start!

        • Joseph

          Except that Victoria was a fitness model before getting into wrestling.

          • BC

            Yep lol it’s why I said sorta

          • Gerg

            Yeah, Victoria got her start bc she knew Torrie from WCW or bc Chyna recommended her. I dont remember

      • Catalina

        she also worked at hooters that was her job along with the waitress.

        • Philip272727

          Wasn’t she a waitress at Hooters?? Or something like that??

          I can believe that she had multiple jobs before WWE, income doesn’t come easy these days.

      • Nikolas Dombkowski

        She didn’t just happen to be at the gym. Enzo brought her to get noticed. Enzo worked at Hooters with her.

        • Philip272727

          Oh, OK… Thanks for the correction.

    • Omar Zaal

      Yet she’s amazing in the ring
      For an inexperienced wrestler.

  • trishlita721

    Wwe has a new Trish stratus in Mandy Rose I hope they utilize her to that effect we need a face golden girl.

    • Jorge Hernandez Moran

      Honestly I think Alexa is the new Trish

      • Kendra

        not with bad ring skills she aint

        • Jorge Hernandez Moran

          Alot of Trish fans seem to forget that Trish was pretty bad too at the begining of her career. She didnt become the Trish we remember in the ring until like her 5th year

          • Gerg

            When trish was face during 2002-04 all she had to do was sell beatings and have good comebacks. So her wrestling wasnt that bad. By the time she turned heel, she wasnt a noobie anymore.

            I think Alexa will do well (wrestling wise) as a face bc her being a heel and dominating matches with subpar wrestling skills is exposing her weaknesses.

          • Jorge Hernandez Moran

            And Alexa is not bad in the shes just not on the same level like everyone else just like Trish wasnt on the same level with the other women back then. Bliss will improve just like Trish did. And im sorry i love Trish just as much as everyone else but she was pretty bad when she start it and i dont mean during her first title reign (where she could actually be carry through a good match) i mean during het TnA days.

          • Randall

            I honestly don’t think Alexa is doing anything different then Trish was doing in 04 tbh https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HI0B34h0LIU

          • Randall

            Alexa is far more skilled in the ring compared to Trish 00-03 years.

          • KatyaMenelli

            but only thing is Trish actually cared about wrestling and never was afraid to take bumps;

          • Jorge Hernandez Moran

            And who says Alexa doesnt care about wrestling and is scare to take bumps??

          • KatyaMenelli

            watching her on TV clearly. She acts like she’s afraid to take bumps and does it too early which normally sets up a botch. Trish was never scared or acted scared of taking bumps, even in her rookie days.

          • KatyaMenelli

            The first one is debatable but you can see that she hates taking bumps. It’s look like just everything in her power to not leave her feet. And sometimes she bumps too early when taking a move. Watch her matches with Becky, Naomi, or Mickie and you’ll see.

        • Randall

          Go back and watch Trish matches she wasn’t that amazing like y’all make her out to be. Yes she had a great character but she was just decent in the ring at best.

          • Jorge Hernandez Moran

            Yeah the thing that made Trish Stratus the top girl was that she was the most wellrounded she had the looks ,character and good enogh ring skills but they were other women in the roster who were way better wrestlers then Trish (Victoria, Molly Holly, Jazz, Jacqueline and Ivory) but didnt had a character or look as strong as Trish and there were also women who had the look but did have the wrestling skills yet (Torrie Wilson, Stacy) Thats why Trish was pushed to the moon it wasnt because she was amazing in the ring

          • Randall

            Agreeed

    • Exotic

      Shes more of a Sable.
      She just resembles like Trish, a tiny bit.

    • Randall

      Not sure why people keep sayings she’s the new Trish… she hasn’t done anything. Honestly she doesn’t even look like Trish. All she has is Trish’s body from 2000-02.

    • Randall

      Not sure why people keep sayings she’s the new Trish… she hasn’t done anything. Honestly she doesn’t even look like Trish. All she has is Trish’s body from 2000-02.

      • Jorge Hernandez Moran

        Of you actually see pictures of then side by side she does look like Trish and yeah their characters are pretty different but atleast what i compare is their ability to play them.

    • Randall

      Not sure why people keep sayings she’s the new Trish… she hasn’t done anything. Honestly she doesn’t even look like Trish. All she has is Trish’s body from 2000-02.

  • BeenAFan98

    I still don’t like the storylines they could’ve done something different it’s like they mimminking each other (the shows) within reason as to why they doing

  • L.S #PushBillieKay

    Mandy is boring

    • Seraphina Rosenhart

      It’s a bit early to say that. I mean, we barely got to see her on NXT and on the main roster, she’s only been around a few weeks and the focus has been on Paige.

  • #ROSEARMY

    I think Sarah could be a real grizzly heel. She has a rugged presence about her and her wrestling style looks convincingly vicious. She hasn’t yet translated well but I do see potential here.

    Ruby Riott and Mandy Rose have money written all over them. They’re completely at two ends of a spectrum and we need that in wrestling.

    • Jorge Hernandez Moran

      I wish Sarah would keep the look but tone down that country twine in her promos it sounds forced and it made her stumble on her own words last night

  • Exotic

    Oh wow, Ruby actually looks good ever since she made her MR appearance. Thank God, she got rid of that fantasia bob she had going on. She just needs to stop sticking her tongue out, and shes good.

    Sarah can be gone though.

  • Kendra

    I don’t understand why people accept garbage story lines

    • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

      You think it wasn’t garbage before. Alexa has been champ or in the title scene since fall 2016, that’s real garbage.

      • Kendra

        alexa bliss always been garbage , I not understand why wwe putting her over everybody who have real talent

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    They need to let Sarah be crazy and not country. She’s not even fitting in with the “Riott” key word riot squad.

    Let her be like the blungent brothers or how the wyatts were. NO ONE is reacting to her stupid female knock off quotes of ZZ from tough enough. Leave it to WWE “oh no ZZ is gone we have to let our country gator character go to someone”.

    Absolution is perfection. Ruby is actually impressing me as a heel with her Bella army comment especially. And I’m not minding Liv as a heel. Let her be dirty Jersey. Just trash. Let her be messy, i like it.

    • Omar Zaal

      Yeah she could totally be like The Blungent Brothers.

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  • Mick

    My favorite is Sarah. There is something very organic about her, that really hits into reality. She doesn’t look like a gimmick, nor a super heroe or villian. Love the way she speaks. I’m sure most people won’t agree with me but I feel like she stands out and in the long run, as a solo wrestler. She has good odds to become an incredible face character.

  • I really hope Sarah Logan start to turn into her Crazy Marie Dobson persona on the main roster, she is the one who needs a lot of work for her character.
    Love Sonya “That’s Right baby”, Mandy is so sexy, Liv is growing up again on me and I’ve ways love Ruby.