Mandy Rose has discussed her switch to NXT and says the multi-coloured brand “needed a woman” like her as she strives to be respected for her in-ring work.
Rose began 2021 as a fixture on RAW but struggled to break through the crowded women’s division on the red brand so forged a new path in the summer. Mandy Rose headed to NXT and soon aligned herself with Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin as the villainous Toxic Attraction.
Speaking to Steven Muehlhausen of DAZN, Mandy Rose discussed moving to the NXT brand which became NXT 2.0 on September 14th and why the timing worked out for the reinvention of both the brand and of Rose coincided:
“Sometimes switching it up is always good. NXT needed a woman like me. Like I said in my promo last week, they needed a mainstream superstar to be able to help some of the women evolve. I don’t have the most experience in wrestling compared to some of the women and a lot of the women in all of WWE. But when it comes to mainstream qualities, I have a lot of those.”
“So I feel like why not come and help some of these women, whether it’s anything related to WWE, or whether it’s the way they dress, the way they look, the way they present themselves, the way they are perceived, the way they speak in interviews, and the list goes on and on. It’s rebranding my character a little bit. I always think it’s great to evolve. I think change is always good as well. So I wanted to switch things up a little bit. So I’m having a lot of fun in NXT. It’s been a great experience so far. I have a little bit more creative say as well, which is really cool. The whole new brand of NXT 2.0 and Mandy 2.0, it’s all coincides. It’s just the beginning.”
Mandy Rose went on to discuss her former nicknames and how she wants to establish herself for her in-ring skills rather than her looks. Although she does add that she thinks she’s “looks hotter” with her new brunette hair:
“Sometimes we evolve in different ways. But sometimes finding new avenues and new ways to present yourself is because I’ve always been known as the “Golden Goddess and God’s Greatest Creation”, and if you think about it, those names are based on my looks. That’s fine. I get it. Coming off Tough Enough, it was all about my looks, but I don’t want it to just always be about my looks. I’m tired of that. I’m tired of everyone saying she’s just a hot blonde. She’s just this and that.”
“I want people to recognize and respect the work I’ve put in inside and outside the ring. I want it to be made clearer to people and let them show them that, and it sounds kind of silly because it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s just a hair color change,’ which I’m still beautiful, and I still look hot. I’m not going to lie. I’m actually loving the dark hair, and I think I even look hotter.”