The WWE NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose is known for saying “put some respect on my name” and a current champion in AEW is doing just that.
The championship reign of Mandy Rose has been impressive over the last 13 months. Ever since Rose won the NXT Women’s Champion in October 2021, she has taken on all comers in the women’s division and found a way to keep her title while being supported by her Toxic Attraction allies Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin.
This past Tuesday on the November 15th episode of NXT, Rose main evented the show by defending her title against Alba Fyre in a Last Woman Standing Match. Fyre nearly had the match won a few times, but Isla Dawn showed up out of nowhere to send Fyre off a ladder and through a table. Rose escaped with the title that she has held for nearly 400 days.
When Rose does promos, she often talks about how people think of her as just a pretty face, but she’s a woman that can fight in the ring well and put on good matches.
During a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa (who is currently out of action due to injury) named Rose as her MVP of the last week in wrestling.
“I’m gonna say Mandy Rose, and I wanna give an appreciation to her because she’s worked so darn hard in the last month representing the NXT brand and also working on her craft. When she was in Raw and SmackDown all that time, people did not have any respect for her, a lot of the time, because of her lack of skills, like there’s a lot of little things here and there. But I feel like she really has took the time. She has developed her character really, really well. People tune in to see her. She always makes everybody talk about her.”
Rosa went on to talk about how Mandy is committed to what she’s doing and is working very hard.
“This last match she had, she’s showing a lot of fire in the fact that she’s taking a lot more risks as a champion. It really shows that she’s growing, and she is really committed to what she’s doing right now. She’s really committed to represent NXT’s women’s division as a champion. She might not be a high-flyer, she might be super spectacular, but what she’s doing, I think it’s very important because that shows you if you give time to someone and if you believe in them, that’s how you can develop and that’s how you can become. I think Mandy Rose deserves a little bit more respect because she’s really working very, very hard.”
As for Thunder Rosa’s run as AEW Women’s Champion, Tony Khan recently said that he was considering taking the title off Rosa due to not knowing when Rosa may return to the ring.