Mandy Rose admits that while NXT can be stressful she’s revelling in her role as Women’s Champion, guiding and helping others in the women’s division.
NXT Halloween Havoc promised to be a night of change for the recently relaunched brand and so it proved with multiple championships changing hands. Arguably the biggest of these was Mandy Rose shockingly defeating Raquel Gonzalez after interference from a returning Dakota Kai.
Following ‘Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal’ it was left to “Chucky’s Choice” to make the stipulation and the iconic doll and special guest chose a ‘Trick or Street Fight.’
The two women proceeded to throw everything at each other from the steel steps, to kendo sticks to fire extinguishers in the pursuit of victory. However, the deciding factor proved to be the arrival of a hooded figure clutching a shovel who levelled Gonzalez with the weapon allowing Rose to hit the running knee to claim the win.
After the match the mysterious figure revealed themselves to be Dakota Kai as she stood over the now former champion. Kai hadn’t been seen on NXT since being defeated by Gonzalez at NXT TakeOver: 36.
Appearing on WWE’s The Bump, Mandy Rose reflected on her victory, and how she’s trying to other members of the women’s roster improve and develop.
think when you’re developing and when you’re in NXT, sometimes it could be a little overwhelming and it can be stressful because you have a lot of cooks in the kitchen. You’re trying to develop your character and who you are, and it’s really stressful and that’s what I’ve noticed since I’ve been down there is trying to help the girls and just really be in the moment and enjoy the moment. Also, you know, be who you want to be because there’s a lot of people out there that think they know who you are, but you know who you are the most and you know the best.
I know that the guys [Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss] can relate too because they went through it and we all have we all been through it, but it’s one of those things where I’m very motivated by helping them. Also, it’s really rewarding for me because I see some of the girls and I was there at that moment and it’s really sometimes hard and you feel like giving up sometimes because you don’t know what to do. But having someone like me there, who has been in the business for, I don’t know, five, six years, not a long time, but just having some of that experience goes a long way.”
During the conversation, Rose also praised the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion Paige. Looking back on her own early career, Rose said that Paige had been a huge help and positive influence.
Mandy Rose first appeared with WWE in 2016, competing on the sixth series of Tough Enough. After a short stint alongside Sonya Deville in NXT the pair moved to the main roster in 2017.
After a mixed nearly four years on the main roster, Rose returned to NXT in July.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.