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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.

If it wasn’t already clear from her presentation on NXT television over the past few weeks, Raquel Gonzalez is to be booked as a babyface for the time being.

This is according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, who also notes that Indi Hartwell has joined Gonzalez in jumping from heel to face, doing so as part of her romance storyline with onscreen fiancee Dexter Lumis.

Gonzalez had played a heel for the duration of her full-time NXT run, though this changed when long-time partner Dakota Kai turned on her prior to TakeOver 36 (22 August). Kai jumped the NXT Women’s Champion, going heel in the process, before falling in Raquel’s latest successful title defence, with the rivalry seemingly ending in the process.

Raquel has been NXT Women’s Champion for 146 days at the time of writing. Defeating Io Shirai to take the strap at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver in April, she has since mounted defences against Mercedes Martines, Ember Moon, Xia Li, and Kai, though WWE is yet to confirm her next opponent.

2021 has been the most successful year of Gonzalez’s career to date, with her and Kai also holding the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles for a matter of minutes after winning this year’s Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

Last September, it was announced that Tegan Nox suffered a torn ACL that would take her out of action indefinitely. This week on WWE’s The Bump, Nox returned to the talk show to discuss her recovery process and how she’s been doing. Although there’s no return date set just yet, Nox says she’s excited to make her comeback to the black-and-gold brand soon.

“It’s going well! It’s not my first rodeo, as we all know, but it’s been a little bit easier this time. I’m just biding my time on when to come back and try to make an impact this time,” Tegan Nox announced.

Since she left, Nox has been keeping a close eye on the newly designed NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship. With her enemy Candice LeRae holding one-half of the title, Nox is pretty confident on who she’ll ask to be her tag partner once she returns.

“See, that’s the thing: friends don’t end well for me. They always attack me. So, trying to find a partner is [shakes her head], oof. I don’t know. I’d like to have an Io [Shirai]. I think that could be quite interesting. Any gold is good for me,” Nox pondered.

Another champion Nox has been paying close attention to is Raquel González. She applauds the new champion on her diligent efforts and hopes she’ll get a chance to possibly face González for the title.

“She’s incredible. The strength in her is ridiculous,” Nox mentioned. “She was around the Performance Center when I came in, and just seeing her evolve from then to now as this immovable object, she’s indestructible. It’s mind-blowing to see. I’ll have a good go of beating her, but I’m also scared ’cause that powerbomb really, really hurts.”

Panelist Ryan Pappolla brought it to Nox’s attention that she has, indeed, defeated González in the past – Nox scored the victory against the NXT Women’s Champion on April 15, 2020. Nox was in awe when she found out about this.

“See, I forgot about that. That’s a surprise for me. I can do it! Nox exclaimed.