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Mandy Rose is still relatively new to the squared circle, but that hasn’t stopped her from making waves in the NXT Women’s division. WWE.com caught up with Mandy to find out what sets her apart from the rest of the division, her background, and more.
On what sets her apart from other Superstars: “Clearly, NXT has been blessed with amazing, one-of-a-kind athletes. Our talent have great figures, they’re charismatic and beautiful in their own way. However, I am the total package. I have the body, the face, the athleticism, the strength, the personality and the star quality. I have it all. No one in NXT looks and performs the way that I do. And, to top it off, I’m just getting started!”
On her background: “I was raised in an Italian-American family in the suburbs of Westchester County, just a little north of New York City. I’m the youngest of four kids, with three crazy older brothers. Don’t let this hair and face fool you – my brothers helped mold me into the feisty, tough woman I am today. I don’t stoop down to anyone. I was raised playing football and being the punching bag for my brothers. I guess you could say that is the root of my aggression and athleticism. I played basketball, softball and lacrosse, also did gymnastics and danced for years. I graduated from Iona College with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.”
On her stints on Tough Enough and Total Divas: “I’ve been blessed with these opportunities and will cherish them for the rest of my life. Clearly, WWE knows talent when they see it. Two reality shows in one year set me up for the rest of my career in WWE. In just a short time, I was exposed to in-ring training, working with WWE Hall of Famers and forming relationships that will carry me throughout my career here. It sounds simple, but at the end of the day, everyone grows up wanting to be on TV. Well, I have been, and I am extremely grateful to have that experience. Reality TV has its perks and has given me a ton of exposure, not only in WWE, but also in mainstream media. However, training and performing in NXT has captured my heart and soul. I know that, someday, I’ll look back and cherish every moment I spent with NXT. The camaraderie amongst the athletes and training staff is invaluable. Performing for live audiences and seeing the fans’ faces is a thrill like no other. In short, I’m hooked, and I’m not stopping until I become the greatest female Superstar the NXT Universe has ever seen.”
On what the division can expect from her in the future: “The best. Nothing but the best. I’ve been blessed with everything I need to turn the NXT Women’s division upside down. I’m going straight to the top. The NXT Universe is blessed to have The Golden Goddess of WWE, Mandy Rose.”
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