The new NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose says that her former Absolution partner Paige has had a big influence over how she sees her role after returning to NXT.
Mandy Rose first competed on what was the black and gold brand of WWE in 2016 before debuting on the main roster of the company by the side of Sonya Deville and Paige in 2017. The trio became known as Absolution and they feuded with the likes of Sasha Banks and Bayley.
Now Mandy Rose is back on NXT 2.0 and she is leading her own group comprised of Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne, collectively known as Toxic Attraction. The group had a banner week on NXT 2.0 as Rose captured the NXT Women’s Title from Raquel Gonzalez and Dolin and Jayne took home the NXT Women’s Tag Team Title from Io Shirai and Zoey Stark.
Speaking on WWE’s The Bump Mandy Rose discussed the group’s success and the parallels between Absolution and her role now in Toxic Attraction:
“Some people out there have made that comparison [between Toxic Attraction and Absolution]. Paige was always an amazing leader for Sonya [Deville] and I, especially so early in our careers. She always guided us.”
“She always gave us little tips that, maybe, you don’t think that they’re going to help you in your career, whether it’s not relating to wrestling, too. That’s what I feel like I’m doing now. I have to say, you learn from the best. Paige is one of the best.”
Mandy Rose added that her advice is not just reserved for Toxic Attraction but for any woman on the developmental brand of WWE:
“I’m not doing that just for Toxic Attraction, but with the other women as well. I think when you’re developing in NXT, sometimes it can 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.”
“That’s what I’ve noticed since I’ve been down there is, like, trying to help the girls be in the moment and enjoy the moment, and also, be who you want to be. There’s a lot of people out there that think they know who you are, but you know who you are the most.”
“I’m very motivated by helping them, but it’s also really rewarding for me because I see the girls, and I was there at that moment, and sometimes it’s hard. Having someone like me there who’s been in the business for 5-6 years, which isn’t a long time, but having some of that experience goes a long way, I think.”