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Mandy Rose has teased that the entire Toxic Attraction group could jump to WWE’s main roster soon.

Rose told Ryan Satin on ‘Out Of Character’ that it’d make sense if she joined Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne on Raw and SmackDown soon, especially if that led to a feud with Bayley’s Damage CTRL faction – Mandy loves the thought of tangling with Bayley, Dakota Kai and IYO SKY.

The reigning NXT Women’s Champion (who has held the belt since October 2021) doesn’t think she’d need to drop the third brand’s top prize before hitting WWE’s flagship shows. Being fair, the fact that Triple H now calls the shots probably means that NXT will get a little more spotlight on Raw and SmackDown anyway.

‘The Game’ is unlikely to scoff at the thought of Rose carrying her title around on Monday and Friday nights.

Mandy thinks Toxic Attraction should be considered the best female trio in pro wrestling, and she’s very proud of how far Gigi and Jacy have come in a relatively short period of time. Now, she’s looking forward to taking the concept further.

Mandy Rose had zero clue she was earmarked for a jump to NXT before it happened in July 2021.

The current NXT Women’s Champion told Ryan Satin’s ‘Out Of Character’ show that she found out the news last-minute. That left her with a choice: Mandy could either grumble to WWE management and view the change of scenery as a demotion/negative, or she could double down on hard work and prove herself.

Rose, clearly, chose the latter.

She’s been NXT Women’s Champ for almost a full year now – Mandy beat Raquel Gonzalez (now Rodriguez) to win the belt at Halloween Havoc on 26 October 2021. Since then, she’s gone from strength to strength as a character and has visibly improved between the ropes.

Being able to lead her own Toxic Attraction group has given Rose more confidence too.

Mandy wanted to “ask a million questions” when WWE informed her she was NXT-bound, but decided against it. Instead, she promised herself she’d use the third brand as a platform to remove “stigma” that had followed her around for years.

Basically, Rose wanted to show that she could be a better wrestler.

Mandy Rose has been the “NXT” Women’s Champion for 330 days and counting. Partnering up with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne, the trio known as Toxic Attraction established their presence pretty quickly upon their “NXT” arrival. During Rose’s current reign, Dolin and Jayne have held the “NXT” Women’s Tag Team Championships twice, and the faction has been a focal point on the show since the “NXT 2.0” rebrand. 

On the main roster, a new women’s stable emerged recently with Bayley returning from injury alongside Dakota Kai and IYO SKY to form Damage CTRL. Being the only two all-women groups in WWE today, Rose was asked, while on “Out of Character with Ryan Satin,” about interest in a potential six-woman tag match between them down the road. “Bayley’s trio, I think, is super cool,” Rose responded. “I think it would be really awesome to face off … [against Damage] CTRL.”

Damage CTRL has been on “Monday Night Raw” every week since coming onto the scene as a group at SummerSlam. Kai and SKY have since won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship by defeating Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah, and Bayley looks to add more gold to the mix when she challenges for the “Raw” Women’s Championship, held by Bianca Belair, at WWE Extreme Rules.

Dolin and Jayne have appeared on the main roster previously, registering two tag team matches together on “Smackdown.” Prior to her current “NXT” run, Rose was full-time on the main roster from 2017 to 2021.

“NXT” Women’s Champion Mandy Rose and former “NXT” wrestler Tino Sabbatelli are engaged.

Rose shared the news Saturday evening via Instagram, writing, “My heart is so full.”

Back in May, Sabbatelli spoke with Chris Villet about his relationship with Rose. He revealed that it was her personality and down-to-earth persona that drew him to her. When they first met, they were just friends, as Rose was engaged at the time. After she broke up with her fiance, Sabbatelli noted in the interview that “it just kind of escalated from there.” The couple confirmed their relationship in 2018 during the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony.

Rose has been the “NXT” Women’s Champion since she defeated Raquel Gonzalez (“WWE SmackDown’s” Raquel Rodriguez) on the Halloween Havoc special back on October 26, 2021. Rose defeated “NXT UK” Champion Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport to unify the “NXT” and “NXT UK” Women’s Titles at Worlds Collide on September 4. Rose is also currently part of the stable Toxic Attraction along with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne.

Sabbatelli first signed with WWE in October 2014 and was released in April 2020. His second stint in WWE lasted from October 2020 to June 2021. One of his last WWE matches was at a non-televised “NXT” house show in March 2020, where he lost to Rick Boogs. Before his second stint with WWE, he wrestled once for AEW on “Dark,” where he and Brady Pierce lost to Best Friends. He used the ring name Sabby.

Mandy Rose has found new life in “WWE NXT” but the Women’s Champion always has bigger plans in mind. Rose was the latest guest on Corey Graves and Vic Joseph’s “After The Bell” and she had a moment to talk about how rewarding her 2022 reign has been so far.

“I’m super grateful for everything that has come my way this past year, but I have to say in the beginning I was a little taken back, of course. I really didn’t know what the reasoning was – why I was going to go back to ‘NXT’ but I knew in the back of my head and the back of my mind that this is going to be something really good, and anything I’ve ever done in my past before wrestling, I’ve always kind of had the drive and put in the hard work to create whatever I wanted to create and it’s a blank slate s I can create whatever I want.”

Rose did have a persona and identity established while she was on the main roster for WWE (“I was the ‘Golden Goddess, God’s Greatest Creation,’ thanks to Corey Graves,” she said), but she also knew she wanted to be more than just a pretty face. She isn’t bragging, but Rose knows she turns heads when she walks into a room. She envisioned herself being a new Trish Stratus who has the looks but can also back it up in the ring. All that came together when she established Toxic Attraction with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne down in the new “NXT 2.0.” Rose ended up winning the Women’s Title against Raquel Rodriguez (then Gonzalez) at NXT Halloween Havoc.

“I really been enjoying my time so much that I love it and I don’t see anyone taking this title away from me, to be honest,” she said. “I’m extremely happy right now.”

One thing she isn’t happy about is that she won’t get to defend her belt during SummerSlam weekend. Graves questions why her belt isn’t in the mix alongside the other women’s titles in WWE.

“I don’t know, why isn’t it? I think it’s bullsh-t to be honest,” Rose said. “You look at my reign and I’ve been the most consistent champion this year.”

Rose recently surpassed Charlotte Flair’s reign as NXT Champion, something she believes shouldn’t go unnoticed in the WWE Universe. Rose mentioned that she’d eventually like to get “involved” back on the main roster at some point and foresees that eventually happening.

“100%. I am definitely enjoying my time in ‘NXT’, but at the end of the day, of course, I want to be back on ‘Raw’ and ‘SmackDown’ and I think I will be and I think people better show some respect and show what I’ve accomplished at this point and whether it’s defending my NXT Women’s Title or whether I’m back up there trying to get the ‘Raw’ Women’s Championship or the ‘SmackDown’ Women’s Championship.”

If Zoey Stark has it her way, Rose may eventually be challenging for the main roster titles as the once-injured star returned to “NXT 2.0” this week to become the new #1 contender for the title. Stark surprised fans by showing up for the 20-women battle royal and winning it to earn the right to challenge Rose.

Sonya Deville believes that Mandy Rose is “absolutely killing it” with her work since making the move to NXT 2.0 back in July.

Rose and Deville are legitimate best friends, former tag team partners, and rivals in WWE, and the former authority figure told the “Under The Ring” podcast that Rose “looks like a star” right now. Rose is currently the NXT Women’s Champion and that’s a role that Deville thinks is leading to her “getting more and more confident every week.”

“I love just seeing someone come into their prime and come into their own … She went down there and she took an opportunity and made the absolute most out of it. She’s a star, she looks like a star. She’s getting the reps down there and she’s just killing it,” Deville said.

Rose won the title at Halloween Havoc in 2021, and since then she has defended it several times, with her reign currently being at 217 days and counting. WWE “NXT 2.0″ is undergoing plenty of change at the moment with many younger wrestlers getting the chance to work, and Deville believes Rose is, “a good role model for a lot of the women down there,” as she is proving “what a Woman’s Champion can look like.”

“We all are so different, we bring such different things to the table, and Mandy is just very talented in a lot of ways,” she said. “And admirable as a person as well, her work ethic and what she puts into this. So, it’s super cool to see her kind of flourishing … Mandy’s killing it.”

Deville has recently returned to work as an in-ring talent after her run as the authority figure on WWE “Raw” and WWE “SmackDown” came to an end. Prior to that, her last major storyline as a worker came against Rose, when the two of them competed in a ‘loser leaves WWE’ match, which “was the craziest time of my career,” according to Deville.

She revealed that they were “both heavily involved in the creative,” and they took something that was “meant to highlight her and Otis” and ended up making it a storyline featuring them two, Deville and Dolph Ziggler, which she believes was “super cool.”

“It was definitely the highlight storyline of my career. It was so real and so personal, and I got to do it with my best friend and my sister, and we were so in it … We kind of just took the ball and ran with it, and did what we could with it, and made the most out of it,” she said.

Former WWE wrestler Athena held nothing back on her frustrations with the company’s various creative processes during a new interview with Chris Van Vliet, with the former Ember Moon shedding light on a number of things that led to her unhappiness in the promotion.

Amongst those frustrations were backstage meetings held to encourage female NXT talent to “dress sexy” – and be more like current Women’s Champion Mandy Rose.

Speaking with Van Vliet, Athena spoke on one specific two-hour session in which talent were being asked to do the above, with the problems seemingly accelerating following Triple H’s departure from NXT last summer (h/t WrestlingNews.co):

“… and we’d have to sit through stupid meetings about how we would have to dress sexy. And I remember looking at someone else like ‘I cater to children. I am not about to wear a fishnet booty butt cheek shorts because we had a two hour meeting about how to dress like Mandy Rose.’ That’s not fair. Not everyone is going to be Mandy. Mandy is absolutely phenomenal and she’s an amazing person. But not everyone is Mandy Rose. I started seeing this downslope as soon as Hunter was gone, and like for the first little bit, we didn’t know why he was gone. We just knew he wasn’t there, you know? I got so angry. And I remember sitting there and I was like I did nothing wrong. I didn’t piss off Vince.”

In an update, Fightful Select not that WWE labelled these NXT meetings “fashion consulting” and “fashion aid.” As part of this, fashion expert Melanie Pace was brought in to lead the meetings in October 2021, with one NXT talent noting how big a change this was from the way things were done before. Previously, talents were told to wear their ring gear or merchandise; now, they were being told to “dress sexy.”

Moon wasn’t the only roster member to express their displeasure at this new approach, with a number straight-up refusing to attend. Perhaps unsurprisingly, WWE Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis took much of the blame. The meeting coincided with him returning to a position of power within WWE, though Fightful hasn’t been able to confirm whether or not the former Johnny Ace had a role in putting the meetings together.

Beyond changing the way they dress on television, performers were also asked to adopt a similar approach backstage. A brochure featuring examples of suitable clothing was provided and while those involved were never explicitly instructed to “dress sexier”, this was certainly implied.

The increased sexualisation of the women’s division in NXT 2.0 has been blatantly apparent on television since the show’s transition out of its Black and Gold era in September 2021.

WWE NXT 2.0 Halloween Havoc was a full-circle moment for Toxic Attraction, as all three members became brand new champions. The leader of the pack and new NXT Women’s Champion, Mandy Rose, made her first post-championship win appearance this week on WWE’s The Bump to express what a celebration it is for her group to become the latest faces in the black and gold division.

But first, Rose had her former Absolution leader and inaugural NXT Women’s Champion Paige to thank for contributing to her accomplishments. Saying she provided the necessary leadership skills to help stars like her and Toxic Attraction allies Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne.

“[She begins by comparing her time in Absolution to now leading Toxic Attraction] Some people out there have made that comparison. Paige was always an amazing leader for Sonya [Deville] and I, especially so early in our careers. She always guided us,” Rose commented. “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.

“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.”

Going from the “Golden Goddess” to “Mandy Rose 2.0” Rose credits Sarray and her dropkick misfire for bringing out her more ruthless side that hasn’t been displayed ever before in her career.

“In the moment, it didn’t feel like a blessing in disguise, but it was because I’m tired of it always being about my looks. ‘She’s just a pretty face.’ I’ve heard it since day one. It was about time that I wanted to bring that ruthless aggression. I think last night was a true example of that,” Rose stated.

Rose said it was touching to hear from fans, colleagues, and of course, her dad after last night’s victory. She told the panel her dad is her biggest fan, and for a long time now, he’s been chomping at the bit to see his daughter win her first-ever championship in WWE.

“It was really awesome. I’m still getting all of that support,” Rose exclaimed. “It’s really nice to hear from colleagues, especially like Becky Lynch, for instance. There were so many other women: Nattie, Liv Morgan, Carmella, all the girls. I miss them tremendously.

“Even people from back home. My dad is my biggest fan. Thank God I won last night because if I were going to lose again, he was probably gonna have another heart attack ’cause every time I’m on TV, he’s like, ‘Call me right afterward.’ He’ll be like, ‘When are you going to start winning?’ I’m like, ‘Dad, relax.’ Anyway, it’s so amazing to get all of that support. I’m really happy, and I’m very grateful.”

Fresh off the heels of winning the NXT Women’s Championship at WWE NXT Halloween Havoc, Mandy Rose showed glee in her eyes and pep in her step when speaking with the panel on WWE’s The Bump about her first-ever title win.

“It felt really good waking up as champion,” Rose indicated with a smile. “I’m really excited! This has been a long time coming. I put in the work, and I feel like it’s well deserved.”

Calling herself “The face of NXT 2.0” Rose believes winning the championship last night solidified that self-proclaimed statement. With that said, she is glad to have made her comeback on the black and gold brand.

“I’ve been making waves since I’ve been in NXT. I think, sometimes, you never know what the reason may be or why you’re there. But at the end of the day, no matter what it is, or wherever I am, all the way since my bodybuilding days to Tough Enough to WWE, no matter what it is, I just show out,” Rose declared. “I put in the work. I’m a true believer that you gotta take risks in life. At the end of the day, I was given this opportunity to go to NXT. I don’t really know why; it doesn’t really matter. I know that I was going to show up and show out, and that’s what I did.”

Not only did Rose of Toxic Attraction walk out with new gold, but so did her comrades Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne as the brand new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Now that they’re all draped in gold and the pinnacles of their respective divisions, Rose considers it time for the women’s division to bow down to them.

“Well, it’s pretty obvious. I think Toxic Attraction is ready to take over,” Rose stated. “Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne are incredible athletes. I’m super excited for them. I think, also, while helping them grow in NXT and develop their characters, I didn’t think in the beginning, it would help me grow as much as well. So, that’s a big take-home I have. When you’re helping other people, you don’t know what you’re going to learn too and how you’re going to evolve.

“We all have this kind of chemistry. With my character evolving, I was getting tired of the same old thing about this ‘Golden Goddess’ and ‘God’s Greatest Creation,’ and it was all about my looks and whatnot. I want people to start appreciating my work and show some more respect – the respect that I deserve. At the end of the day, Mandy Rose 2.0 came out, and she’s a little more edgier. And now, she’s champion.”

Mandy Rose is your new WWE NXT Women’s Champion.

Last night’s NXT Halloween Havoc special saw Rose defeat Raquel Gonzalez to win the title. The match was another “Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal” bout and the wheel landed on Chucky’s Choice after Gonzalez gave it a spin. The horror icon appeared on the big screen and picked a Trick or Street Fight as the stipulation.

The title change came after a mystery woman in all black appeared at ringside and hit Gonzalez in the back with a shovel. Rose then took advantage and pinned Gonzalez for the title change. The mystery woman, who we’ve seen in dark and cryptic vignettes for the past few weeks, then revealed herself to be Dakota Kai.

This is the first title reign for Rose. Gonzalez won the title back at “Takeover: Stand and Deliver” Night 1 on April 7, by defeating current NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion Io Shirai. Gonzalez held the strap for 201 days.

Toxic Attraction now has all the NXT women’s division gold as Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne captured the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles earlier in the night.