A new report has shed light on why Mandy Rose was originally moved to the NXT brand after spending several years as part of WWE’s main roster.
Mandy Rose joined WWE in 2015 after placing as runner-up in that year’s season of Tough Enough. She became part of Absolution on the main roster alongside Sonya Deville and Paige in 2017 with her partnership with Deville lasting until 2020.
Rose rejoined NXT in the summer of 2021, forming Toxic Attraction with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne before winning her only gold in WWE, the NXT Women’s Title at that year’s Halloween Havoc.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that Rose’s move to NXT was due to “political machinations”:
“For reasons of backstage political machinations, she was moved back to NXT in July 2021 and put in the group Toxic Attraction. Rose then won the NXT women’s title from Raquel Gonzalez in a street fight in October, and held the title 413 days before losing to Perez.”
That loss to Perez proved to be Mandy Rose’s final act in WWE as just one day after the match, she received her release. Other reports have suggested that WWE felt they had “no choice” but to fire Rose given the “explicit nature” of content she was producing on her subscription-only exclusive fan site.