Ex-WWE Writer Reveals Lesbian Angle Pitched For Mandy Rose
Former WWE star Mandy Rose was at one time set for a huge WrestleMania win that would have kicked off a lesbian storyline with her tag team partner Sonya Deville.
WrestleMania 35 was headlined by Becky Lynch defeating both Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in the first women’s main event in the history of WWE’s biggest show to become both Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion but things could have gone very differently.
Speaking on In The Weeds, former WWE writer Dave Schilling, the SmackDown Women’s Title was originally set to be part of a triple threat bout between Asuka, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville that would have kicked off a love story between Fire and Desire:
“On TV, the Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville storyline. That was supposed to culminate in a romance between Sonya and Mandy at WrestleMania 35 where it was a triple threat for the SmackDown Women’s Championship and Mandy was going to win because Sonya would lay down for her and they would embrace and kiss in the middle of the ring.
“I said, ‘Oh boy.’ If you’re going to do this, I understand why it could be great because it’s a representation and it’s necessary. To WWE’s credit, they went to GLAAD. Stephanie McMahon was on the phone with them. ‘Can we do this? Can we make this palatable and sensitive to the situation with queer people in America? Can we make this a good angle?’
“The thing that I said was, ‘At WrestleMania, 60,000 people are going to be rooting for Asuka, and they’re supposed to be the babyfaces? They’re going to be booed out of the building and you’re going to have two women kissing in the middle of the ring and people booing because they love Asuka so much.’
“People do love Asuka and every time WWE thinks they can beat her and ‘who cares,’ they forget people have a positive, intense relationship with her, even when they try to make her a heel, they root for her. Eventually, that storyline didn’t get done because they decided to put the belt on Charlotte.”
“It could have turned out poorly even though the best intentions were there, and they did want to make a good storyline and Sonya and Mandy were involved and they were excited about doing it. At the end of the day, you have to do it right, and that would have been the wrong way to do it because you’re beating a babyface who people love, at WrestleMania, when there is so much complaint around how Asuka is losing.”
Asuka ended up losing her SmackDown Women’s Title the week before WrestleMania to Charlotte Flair and The Empress of Tomorrow alongside Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville were relegated to the pre-show battle royal at the event.