With yesterday bringing the shocking WWE release of Mandy Rose, the now-former NXT Women's Champion has made her first comments on that situation.
"Hey guys, thank you for all the messages. I am overwhelmed with all the love and support from you guys. And don't worry the page is still up!;)."
The 32-year-old New York was released by WWE due to the "explicit nature" of the content and the aforementioned FanTime page, with the market leader feeling that this content was "outside the parameters" of Rose's WWE contract. Given Mandy's comments, it looks as if that FanTime page won't be going anywhere any time soon.
This week's episode of NXT TV saw the Toxic Attraction leader lose the NXT Women's Championship to Roxanne Perez, what the title switch said to have been an "abrupt" decision made on the day of the show.
Speaking on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted how it was Matt Bloom who brought to Shawn Michaels' attention what Mandy had been posting on her FanTime account. Upon seeing that, Michaels decided that they had to get the NXT Women's Title off Rose "immediately". As such, Tuesday's NXT episode was changed in order to facilitate that title change.
Meltzer also added how Rose was indeed originally planned to lose her prize to Perez - who earned herself a shot at the NXT Women's Championship after winning the female Iron Survivor Challenge at NXT Deadline last weekend - but that the title switch was intended to take place on the brand's New Year's Evil special on 10 January.
As Mandy Rose, Saccomanno had been with WWE as far back as 2015, initially competing in Tough Enough before penning a deal with the promotion. By 2017, she was on the main roster as part of Absolution alongside Sonya Deville and Paige, though Rose really came into her own after moving back to NXT earlier last year. There, with her Toxic Attraction buddies Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne, Mandy became a pivotal part of NXT programming, made huge improvements on her in-ring work, and really came into her own as a character.