Former WWE Superstar Tino Sabbatelli has discussed his relationship with Mandy Rose and her success on the NXT 2.0 brand.
Five years after making his NXT in-ring debut on a live event, Tino Sabbatelli was released from his WWE contract as part of ongoing budget cuts in the company.
Using the name Sabby, Tino Sabbatelli appeared on the July 21, 2020, episode of AEW Dark, teaming with Brady Pierce in a losing effort against Best Friends. However, his time with AEW was brief, and the star re-signed with WWE in October of 2020, only to be released again in June of 2021.
His time in the company was definitely not for nothing as he explained on Insight with Chris Van Vliet that it was through WWE he met his current girlfriend, NXT Women’s Champion, Mandy Rose:
“The first time I met Mandy, I remember, when they were filming the show Tough Enough, they had the little – they called it like, a bunk, whatever it was, next to (the WWE Performance Center). I go – they built out a little warehouse right next to the PC in Orlando where they were keeping everybody for the show.”
“So they have, like, no life. And I remember seeing them a couple of times walk through the PC and I was like, ‘Wow, that girl is cute’. Like, you know, I was kind of checking her out, joking around with my buddies, and I always thought she was beautiful. I really did. And I actually met her for the first time in the PC and we were just talking briefly and then, you know, I watched her go through the show, stayed great, and then she got signed.”
“And I’ll tell you one thing about Mandy. What attracted me to her most, obviously beautiful woman. Obviously, everyone knows that she’s gorgeous. Her personality and her down-to-earth persona just drew me to her. She was such – so easy to talk to. Like, I was like, ‘Wow, such a beautiful woman, got everything together, and she can have a conversation?’”
“And I know it sounds like, sometimes you see these pretty women and they’re kind of distant and stuck up. But she was just such a genuine person and at the time, she had a serious boyfriend. She was engaged. So we were just friends, you know. We were just friends and after she broke up, it just kind of escalated from there.”
Tino Sabbatelli then discussed his happiness for Mandy Rose since finding more success since moving to the NXT 2.0 brand, although he does say the two could have done a lot of things together in the company:
“Obviously, we could’ve been an incredible power couple in the industry. We could’ve done a lot of things, maybe together. But, that being said, I really and truly am so happy for her. I’m her biggest fan. I wish anybody success. I wish everybody success, right? I try to help everybody because successful because I think that’s what true success is. You help others become successful.”
“So for me, it’s like, I love watching Mandy on the journey. I try to help her through the ins and outs of it financially, professionally. So, that being said, it’s – I try to be in a humble way. It’s tough. It’s tough because you know, what Tino brought to the table, I’m not sure WWE has ever seen it and I mean that in a humbling way.”