Mandy Rose Discusses the Origin of Her Ring Name

Posted By James Walsh on 01/11/20

FOX Wilmington recently interviewed WWE Superstar Mandy Rose, and she discussed a variety of topics. Below are some highlights.

Mandy Rose on her work in bodybuilding and fitness before she joined WWE: ďI was studying speech-language pathology at Iona College and I got my bachelorís degree there. And then I was approached from a friend, actually, that was like, ĎYou know, you should get into bodybuilding and fitness competitions.í And I didnít really know anything about that industry, but it kind of intrigued me a little bit. So I was like, ĎIíll give it a shot.í You know, I always was fit and loved to work out and play sports, but I didnít really know, you know, anything about fitness competition. So I was training to do a show in Boston with WBFF [World, Beauty, Fitness & Fashion] and I did the show, I really didnít know what I was doing, but I placed first, which is really cool. And from then on, I went on to WBFF Worlds and I became the 2014 Bikini World Champion, which then led me to WWE. So, itís kind of crazy.Ē

On the origin of her ring name: ďMandy Rose: My real name is Amanda Rose Saccomanno, so a lot of people donít know that, but Rose is kind of special in my family as my grandmaís name is Rosemary, my momís name is Mary Rose, Iím Amanda Rose, my niece is Demi Rose. So it kind of just keeps going in the family. But I was put on Total Divas right when I got signed, so before I kind of stepped foot in the ring, I was on Total Divas and I went by the name of Mandy, so Ö we didnít really want to change my name after that. It was like everyone knew me as Mandy and even from Tough Enough, so we went with Mandy Rose.Ē

Mandy Rose on why itís a good time to be a woman in sports entertainment: ďI mean, just everything! You see these women, you know, weíre just all breaking down barriers. I mean, itís what people want to see, too. You know, especially in sports, entertainment and WWE. And people want to see the women, you know, kick butt. And itís just a great time. So Iím really blessed. And for me, itís only the beginning of my career and Iím excited for whatís to come. And it only makes me more motivated and be more driven to want to get to the top, want to get to the very top, just like the womenís main event of this year at WrestleMania.Ē

Rose on how she looks up to Serena Williams: ďI would say, Serena Williams, Iíve always looked up to [her]. Sheís just badĖ and I mean, she just speaks volumes, obviously. And I mean, thereís just a lot of women out there that, you know, even like JLo [Ö] she just, you know, looks better and better with age. And sheís just a huge influence to young girls that want to be out there in whatever industry it is. Music, entertainment, movies. So itís just a great time.Ē