Mandy Rose says she’s got what it takes to be the female face of WWE on "every billboard, on every poster, on every talk show".
After finishing runner-up in the 2015 season of WWE reality show Tough Enough , Rose spent a mere two years in the company’s developmental division NXT .
Rose, real name Amanda Rose Saccomanno, then made a dramatic main roster debut alongside Paige and Sonya Deville as Absolution on Raw in November 2017.
The Golden Goddess has quickly proven her background in fitness modelling does not mean she should be taken lightly – with a fantastic showing in last month’s tag team Elimination Chamber match, and a pinfall victory over Asuka already under her belt.
Now the 27-year-old has a chance to take Asuka’s SmackDown Women’s Championship at Fastlane tonight and she’s looking to bring the title back into the spotlight.
It was these high profile matches and the pressures they bring that Rose, from Yorktown Heights, New York, discussed in this exclusive interview, where Lyle Carr poses the questions.
The Elimination Chamber match for the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship was the biggest match of your career to date. You and Sonya impressed and maybe even surprised some of the WWE Universe, finishing runners-up to the eventual winners, Sasha Banks and Bayley. What was the reaction to your performance backstage from the other women?
We had a huge reaction and great feedback from that match. We were in there from the very beginning to the very end, and it was a great showing for Sonya and I.
We really got to show what we’re capable of and it was really an amazing match for the both of us. I was really thankful for the opportunity, but we’re not done and we’re still going for those tag team titles.
You’re now competing in a match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. With such a rapid rise to stardom on the main roster, do you ever feel the pressure, or do you thrive on it?
Yeah, I definitely feel the pressure. Coming up this Sunday is my first singles match on a pay-per-view, and there’s a lot of pressure for me to perform.
Obviously I know that I’m ready and I know what I’m capable of, I have the confidence and I know I’m going to do my best to win that SmackDown Women’s Title.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship hasn’t been on TV as much as Raw’s equivalent recently [held by Ronda Rousey and set to be challenged for by SmackDown superstars Charlotte Flair and potentially Becky Lynch]. If you were to win the title at Fastlane, what would you do to bring prestige back to the SmackDown Women’s Title?
I feel like in general that if Mandy Rose won the title, it would be more relevant. I have what it takes to be that mainstream woman on every billboard, on every poster, on every talk show.
I would make it relevant again because unfortunately sometimes this happens, and there can be more talk of one brand than the other.
Mandy Rose, she has ‘IT’. I truly believe that the title belongs around my waist, that I will make it more relevant again. I’m the superstar that would go on Good Morning America, and represent WWE as a company as a whole and be their woman.
I know we already have ‘The Man’ [Becky Lynch] but I could be ‘The Woman’!
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