Former NXT women’s champion Mandy Rose has reportedly been released by WWE less than 24 hours after suddenly dropping the WWE NXT Women’s Championship to Roxanne Perez.
Perez won the Iron Survivor Challenge at WWE NXT Deadline, where she was scheduled to challenge for the NXT Women’s Championship at New Year’s Evil on January 4, 2023. When that match was suddenly moved up to the very next night, speculation on Rose’s status with WWE immediately flooded Twitter.
Rose’s release comes in the wake of several nude photo and video leaks from her FanTime page, which is a paid content site similar to OnlyFans.
“WWE officials felt they were put in a tough position based on the content she was posting on her FanTime page. They felt like it was outside of the parameters of her WWE deal,” reported Fightful Select.
Mandy Rose did not respond to a request for comment. This article will be updated if and when she does.
WWE Superstars, who are classified as independent contractors, were forced to relinquish their third-party deals in 2020 (i.e. Twitch, outside sponsorships) at the behest of Vince McMahon. The edict led to stark controversy within the WWE locker room, and was even called out by Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who vowed to fight for wrestler rights in the event he was installed as the Secretary of Labor.
WWE later lifted the ban on third-party deals in 2022.
Rose’s situation transcends the third-party deal conversation, however, given the racy nature of what were supposed to be private photos for pay. WWE envisions itself similar to Disney as a family-friendly promotion with TV-PG programming, and it was strongly against one of its top stars sharing adult content, leaked or not.
Rose was moved from the main roster to NXT in 2021, where she formed the Toxic Attraction stable alongside Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin. While at the helm of the dominant stable, Rose carried the NXT Women’s Championship for 413 days. Rose made vast improvements on the mic and in the ring during what was her first championship reign of any kind in WWE.
In 2022, Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked her No. 21 of 150 in the PWI Women’s 150, her highest such ranking. Despite the impressive ranking, the 400-day champion felt she was robbed.
WWE’s action against Rose sends a message to the locker room about the framework third-party content, and just how far WWE Superstars can go in sharing racy photos and videos online. And while Rose will be subject to a toxic online reaction, it should go without saying that she is free to whatever she pleases to create content for pay. Unfortunately, in this case, she had to deal with the consequences as a WWE Superstar.
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