As noted, Mandy Rose spoke with Elle Collins (@AnotherElle) of Uproxx for an interview this week. In addition to the comments we posted from the interview where Rose talks about Sonya Deville messing up her lines during their live backstage promo segment on WWE SmackDown LIVE this week (Watch The Actual Segment — VIDEO HERE), she also addressed some interesting rumors that have recently been making the rounds in the pro wrestling community.
According to multiple reports, WWE is planning a potential romantic story line between Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville at some point down-the-line. In the interview with Uproxx, Rose addresses the legitimacy of these rumors and what she thinks about the idea in general.
Additionally, Rose talks about her real-life friendship with Deville, her dream opponent in a one-on-one match as well as her dream opponents for a tag-team match alongside Deville.
Featured below are some additional highlights from the Elle Collins’ new interview with the WWE Superstar. For those who missed our previous report that included Rose’s comments on Deville messing up her lines during their promo segment on this week’s SmackDown LIVE despite practicing all day, click here.
On her relationship on-and-off camera with Sonya Deville: “No, my relationship with Sonya is very real, on and off the screen. Obviously we are best friends off of TV and we have been since we met, so we try to keep everything as real as possible, even when we’re on TV, with our characters, because that’s the most authentic and real to the fans.
“So it hasn’t gotten complicated between the two of us really, ever. We have a very interesting dynamic where we understand the business. We understand how it works, and we’re so lucky to have each other because obviously it’s hard to find real, true friends in life in general but especially in business that’s super competitive and ruthless. So it’s really good that we have each other, and have that support. That we can go to each other with anything, and drive to shows together. So it’s never gotten complicated, ever, with the two of us. I hope it never does, because we have a great relationship, and I hope it never gets like that, because we want to continue our friendship. It’s everlasting, outside of WWE as well.”
On whether or not it has been frustrating being in a tag-team where the titles for the division, currently held by The Ilconics (Peyton Royce & Billie Kay) are defended so infrequently: “Yeah, it’s hard, because there’s so little time for everyone to get put on the show, obviously. And you have these spurts where sometimes you don’t see certain titles being used as much. And I think we just try to make the best of it, to be honest. It’s hard. The good thing I have to say about Sonya and I, even as a tag team we do get some opportunities for singles matches. I think lately more than tag matches to be honest.
“But it’s always good to branch and build your character by itself as well, with the support of someone valeting you or on the apron or whatever it may be. So we do get those opportunities. And I think it’s just a time thing, and I think it’s hard to fit so many people on a two hour show, in the case of Smackdown. So it’s definitely frustrating for sure, but I’m hoping it’ll get a little bit better. And I’m hoping that now that we’re involved more with the Tag Titles, that we can show our strength in tag teaming as well.”
On if she and Deville have any dream opponents as a tag-team: “Yeah, actually we had talked about how facing the IIconics would be fun, and I know it’s heel/heel, but they’re just very entertaining. They’re a great tag team, and it’s kinda cool because they’re really best friends in real life as well, so I feel like their dynamic is kind of similar to ours. They have great chemistry together just like Sonya and I have great chemistry, so I’m actually really looking forward to this match next Tuesday on Smackdown. Because we’ve never actually faced them, so it should be fun. And it’s also like full circle, because back in NXT before they were the IIconics, I faced them in a couple of my first matches, so they kind of like showed me the ropes because they’d wrestled before WWE, so they were always a big help to me, and I respect that.”
On who her dream opponent for a singles match would be: “My dream opponent for a singles match… I mean I always say this, and I don’t know that there’s ever going to be a chance of her coming back, obviously not full-time, but maybe here and there: Trish Stratus would be my dream opponent. She had a similar story to me. She was a big inspiration to me, getting involved in this, and still to this day I look up to her and the career she had. And the person she is—when I first met her she’s just super down to Earth. She’s awesome. So she’s definitely still one of my dream opponents, and I feel like that would be a pretty hot match-up.”
On if she thinks it is inevitable that she will eventually break-up with tag-team partner Deville and have a feud her: “Yeah, it depends. I feel like it is kind of inevitable. But of course we don’t ever want to break up. We want to always stay cool, and stay as a team, even on TV. But of course I think the best feuds always come from the best friendships and the best relationships. So it’s kind of inevitable. It’ll probably happen, and I think it’ll be great. I think it will only boost our career, and a great feud can also lead to a great getting back together as well.”
On subtle teases over time and recent rumors that she and Deville will enter into a potential lesbian story line: “I don’t have many insights to offer on that. I think there’s definitely rumors and stuff like that. But it’s also hard to say because my character is pretty sexual and pretty sassy, the way I am. So anything I do, it doesn’t really matter if it’s to Sonya or to anyone else. It’s just who my character is, so it’s hard to judge. But I guess you’re just going to have to stay tuned, right? You never know. And obviously, if there was ever to be a type of relationship with us, I’m super supportive and WWE is super supportive of inclusion and the LGBTQ community, so I think it would be awesome.
Check out the complete Mandy Rose interview at Uproxx.com.
We interviewed @WWE_MandyRose about wrestling with her best friend, the Women's Tag Division, and what she's got cooking outside of WWE. https://t.co/EoGsoiVFTD pic.twitter.com/sTv7v9Kji1
— With Spandex UPROXX (@WithSpandex) July 26, 2019
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— Elle Collins 🏳️🌈🦖 (@AnotherElle) July 26, 2019
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