NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose has fondly looked back at the storyline from earlier in her career that she calls “pure entertainment.”
In late 2019 an unlikely love story was blossoming on SmackDown between Mandy Rose and Otis – formerly of Heavy Machinery, now of Alpha Academy. The course of true love never runs true in WWE and this was the case here as Dolph Ziggler interjected himself to try and supposedly woo Rose for himself – all at the behest of Rose’s supposed best friend Sonya Deville.
This led to a one-on-one match between the two men at WrestleMania 36 with Otis claiming the win thanks to an assist from Rose. Following the bout, the two lovebirds shared a kiss. The on-screen pairing of Mandy Rose and Otis slowly faded away after he had lost his Money In The Bank briefcase to The Miz, thanks to a betrayal – not from Rose but by his former tag team partner, Tucker.
Speaking on the Insight podcast with Chris Van Vliet, Mandy Rose reflected on that time in her career and says the storyline was the tonic needed for a world living with the pandemic at the time:
“That was such a fun, like, loving, entertaining story. And I think of the timing of it, like, you know, right during the pandemic, too. So I feel like there was so much, you know, so much negativity going around, and just like, you know, people cooped up in their homes, and I felt like it was such a good story to just kind of like for, I don’t know, it was just pure entertainment. And it was fun.”
“But for me, I just had a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun working with him. He’s obviously a character in and out in and out of the ring. And it was really cool to be able to have that kind of storyline where it was like, you know, we barely wrestled, it was more just like that was an entertaining [storyline]. Like, when they talked about sports entertainment, that was pure entertainment I feel like. But it was fun. I had a lot of fun.”
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