NXT’s quick release of Mandy Rose highlights hypocrisy in WWE
Mandy Rose (Amanda Rose Saccomano) has been in all the news after her recent release from WWE. Rose was a queen NXT During her biggest slump, she reigned for over 400 days as Women’s Champion, but that came to an abrupt end in an impromptu match against Roxanne Perez. While the circumstances of her departure may lead to some differing opinions, it’s clear that the real losers in this situation are the fans.
This is a performance that many have seen as she works her way up from the show Strong enough Back in 2015 – where she won second place but was still offered a contract – and made it through her first round of development for her debut raw. From the Absolution faction to Fire and Desire, and a feud with her longtime partner, Sonya Deville, Rose has learned and improved in the ring as well as an entertainer. Whether it’s teaming up with Dana Brooke or one of the romances it’s set in, Golden Goddess has done the best it’s been given. In the summer of 2021, Rose once again found herself in NXT, forming a new group with Gigi Dolin and Jassi Jayne known as Toxic Attraction.
Her reign was dominant and Toxic Attraction rose to prominence as the top heel in the women’s division. Rose was always seen as the charismatic diva, the sexiest performer, whose gimmick and marketability depended on her looks, so she embraced that and showed what else she could offer. Rose has been doing serious work and many have noticed, especially those working behind the scenes. WWE even encouraged other female wrestlers to take some cues from her, but it all fell apart in the end.
Rose helped keep it NXT Fairly interesting since it arrived and has raised the bar for everyone I’ve worked with. Oftentimes, her feuds were the most common storyline and her long possession of the title made her feel even more important. Brand fared better for being there, but the champion’s path ended unceremoniously in the December 13th installment, not with a bang, like Toxic Attraction running on her and beating the losing goddess at the end, but with a whimper, like Rose staring in disbelief on the clean finish. I was enraged when I watched her end this way and raised suspicions that Rose’s position in the company had changed for the worse.
There will be no chance of regaining that title anytime soon, however, and there is no story or redemption to show how Queen recovers from defeat, as Saccomanno has been released. Somehow, the show already feels empty without her, as fans wait to see if her absence was properly addressed. WWE is always on the move, but it’s the viewers who tune in (even if only partially) for its sake that will notice the most and be frustrated.
Plenty of evidence points to the idea that Rose knew her actions of posting more extreme sexual content on her FanTime site could get her in trouble and cost the star her job, but many believe that firing her may have been an unnecessary measure. There were those who believed Rose was warned and chose the money she was making through her subscription service instead of continuing with WWE, but more recent reports claim that Saccomanno was not given an opportunity to remove or reduce the material. This seems unfair and typical of WWE’s usual scorched earth policies.
Some believe the concern wasn’t about what she was posting behind a paywall, but these photos and videos have been leaked in many places online. However, looking back on some of the incidents in the past with former stars like Chyna leaves many fans wondering if the nature of the content goes beyond a level they were not personally comfortable with. Understandably, the material was a concern, but the backlash may have been too much and showed that they were very willing to dump Rose right away.
“[Head Trainer] Bring Matt Blum to [SVP of Talent Development Creative] Shawn Michaels, she told him about some stuff she was putting on her subscription service, and she told Shawn what was in there,” Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported. “The immediate thing to Shawn was, ‘We have to remove the title from her immediately.’” She turned around the entire show. And I got the title from her.”
It’s easy to say that Bloom was just doing his job, trying to help the company survive potential problems, but this quote about Michaels is a little disturbing for a few reasons. Considering everyone fans think Rose might be dating, or at least want to try to understand her side of the situation, Michaels was high on the list. He himself appeared in pages play girl (October 1996) and many other stars found themselves in play boybut that was back in the Attitude Era.
It can be said that this is not the same kind of content, but it was obviously a big problem at the time. There were fans who enjoyed the racier side of WWE Superstars who were free to reveal themselves, while that period took its toll on this generation’s Superstars as well. Rose herself channeled Michael’s center shot when she somewhat reshaped the situation after winning the NXT UK Women’s Championship and unifying the titles. This is also a photo WWE shared and promoted on the NXT Instagram account.
Without denouncing this as nothing but hypocrisy, it’s hard to ignore that WWE seems more tolerant of drug use and petty criminal activities than they are of doing something of a sexual nature that might annoy networks and advertisers – because that’s where the real money is. The company is a business first and Rose’s appearance on their product means they’re associated with her, so it stands to reason that WWE would feel threatened by this and decide to release her. It’s their right, but that doesn’t mean it was the right call, and it goes to show once again that not all wrestlers are treated equally when these things happen.
This is another example of WWE taking advantage of labeling their wrestlers as independent contract workers when it suits them and treating them like direct employees when it comes to their personal lives or extracurricular activities, similar to a company trying to control their dealings with third parties for a while.
Without more information, the company appears to have several double standards, or at least understand just how to use extreme measures when anything threatens its bottom line. Rose did exactly what she wanted, became a dominant sex symbol, improved in the ring as well as on the mic, and it was incredible watching her take on NXT. If they can’t work something out with her, Rose deserves at least a better way out. Why not at least write it off, similar to the way they did Matt Riddle recently? Instead, fans are left dissatisfied and reminded not to invest too much in anyone, because something can always happen out there.
If there’s one thing you folks have got to learn this past year, it’s to put some damn respect to my name!
Amanda Rose Saccomano would be fine, reportedly earning more than her previous contract with WWE (which raises other questions about what women and developmental superstars are paid in the company) and if she decides to enter another ring, Rose will conquer that too. Many fans took to social media to condemn WWE for firing her and to show their support for Rose.
The hope here is that Mandy Rose, a character we respect, will live again. It will see fans reunite Toxic Attraction, but more importantly, for the biggest wrestling company in the world to assess how they handle their talent and situations like this – especially when they involve little sexuality and a lot of money.
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