Mandy Rose recently appeared on WWE’s After the Bell podcast with Corey Graves to talk about various topics. Check out the highlights below.
On her journey to WWE:
Well, it all started with Tough Enough, obviously. Before that I was actually at Iona college studying speech language pathology. I got my bachelor’s there. And then I wanted to get my Master’s, of course, but I didn’t really get into the program that I wanted, so I continued to work. I was waitressing and bartending and got involved with fitness modeling, bikini competitions.
On how she got into fitness competitions:
It was really random, it was actually a friend from work where I was waitressing. She said ‘You should start training with my coach, it’s fun, you can walk on stage.’ I didn’t know much about it, so I thought it wasn’t something I wanted to do. I really liked the fitness part of it, staying in shape. I’ve always been athletic. I’ve never been into bodybuilding and strength training, but when I got involved I got into it. My coach was straight away like ‘You need to do a show.’ She showed me videos and pictures of the girls walking the stage. I thought this wasn’t for me. But it was a show in Boston, not far from me, I was in NY. I said ‘Yeah, let’s train for it.’ I ended up doing it and placed first.
On her Tough Enough journey:
It was actually a Skype interview. My coach said ‘You should really do wrestling, I could see you making it’ and my boyfriend at the time was really into it and he always kind of pushed me and motivated me to pursue that, but I didn’t really know much about it growing up, to be honest. Then I got a call from WBFF, where they said they had a couple of open Skype interviews for Tough Enough. So I googled what it was and I wasn’t sure that was the route I wanted to take if I was gonna get into WWE, but I did it, why not? Then I was picked to come to Orlando. It was a 3-day tryout, you pack your bags for 3 months if you get picked. I went with and went to Orlando. I didn’t even know what to expect, but went in there like I did with competing, I went with the flow. I was killing it in the tryouts, I was in the best shape of my life, so the physical part came natural and easy for me.
On whether she thought her storyline with Otis would be this popular:
No, I never would have thought. To be honest, I thought it was really funny, he’s been doing this since NXT days, like the first time, I forget the story, but he used to call me Mandy Candy, and every time I walked by, and make these weird noises, I don’t even know what he’s saying, I still don’t know what he’s saying to this day, but it was always just like a joke, we always kind of joked around about it, he’d post my pictures, we’d sometimes think it was kind of creepy, but it’s also funny, whatever, but no, I never thought that the WWE Universe would take it like this.
On her future goals:
Obviously become SmackDown Women’s champion is a goal of mine in the near future, I hope. Besides that, just kind of building my brand as well, outside of WWE, using the platform that we’re on, it’s such an amazing platform, and kind of also involving basically my background with fitness and health and beauty, all of those tie into my brand, basically, and use that to showcase all the young girls out there and young children out there that you can still have beauty and be successful and be also athletic, and you can have all of it, because I know I have it all, and I’m not being cocky, I’m just being confident.