Amanda Rose Saccomanno (born July 18, 1991) is an American professional wrestler, television personality and former fitness and figure competitor. She signed to WWE under the ring name Mandy Rose and performs on the SmackDown brand.
In 2015, she placed second on the WWE competition WWE Tough Enough. That same year, she signed a contract with WWE and joined the reality television show Total Divas, which is produced by WWE and E!.
Life and career
Amanda Saccomanno was born and raised in an Italian-American family in Westchester County, New York, and is the youngest of four children. She is of Italian and Irish heritage. She attended Yorktown High School, where she participated in dance. She later earned her bachelor’s degree at Iona College, majoring in speech pathology.
Saccomanno entered her first fitness competition in 2013, and took first place in the World Bodybuilding Fitness & Fashion Boston Show. She was also crowned the 2014 World Beauty Fitness & Fashion Bikini Champion.
– World Bodybuilding Fitness & Fashion
– 2014 WBFF Boston – (first place)
– 2014 WBFF Diva Bikini Pro World Championship – (first place)
WWE Tough Enough and NXT (2015–2017)
Saccomanno was a contestant in the sixth season of the WWE competition WWE Tough Enough, which began airing in June 2015. She was at risk of elimination on the July 28 episode, but was saved by judge The Miz. During the season finale, she adopted the ring name Mandy Rose, lost a match against Alicia Fox, and placed second overall, after winners Sara Lee and Josh Bredl.
After the Tough Enough season finale, it was revealed that Rose had signed a five-year contract with the company. Rose made her in-ring debut for WWE’s developmental territory, NXT, during a six-woman tag team match at a live event in Venice, Florida on January 30, 2016. On the August 17 episode of NXT, Rose debuted in a six-woman tag team match along with Daria Berenato and Alexa Bliss, in which they were defeated by Carmella, Liv Morgan, and Nikki Glencross. On the September 28 episode of NXT, Rose lost her first televised singles match to Ember Moon.
On the November 20, 2017, episode of Raw, Rose joined Sonya Deville and Paige as they attacked Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James, and Alexa Bliss. A week later, the trio’s name was revealed as Absolution. On the December 11 episode of Raw, Mandy and Paige defeated Mickie James and Bayley with Mandy picking up the pin on Mickie James. Rose entered the first women’s Royal Rumble match at the 2018 Royal Rumble at #4. She became the first woman to be eliminated from a women’s Royal Rumble match when she was eliminated by Lita. On January 28, it was announced that Rose had replaced the injured Alicia Fox in the Mixed Match Challenge teaming with WWE Superstar Goldust; Rose and Goldust lost in the first round to Jimmy Uso and Naomi. Rose was a participant in the Elimination Chamber match at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Just like the Royal Rumble match in January, Rose was the first woman eliminated in the chamber, after submitting to Sasha Banks.
In April, Paige retired as an active wrestler and became the on-screen general manager for the SmackDown brand. During the 2018 Superstar Shake-up, Rose and Deville were drafted to SmackDown as well, but Paige declared they would not receive special treatment.
Rose has been featured in multiple fitness publications including Fitness Gurls, Fit & Firm, and FitFemme.
Rose appeared as part of the main cast for the fifth season of the WWE reality television series Total Divas, which began airing in January 2016.
Rose is a supporter of animal rights and adoption. She participates in yoga, pilates, and CrossFit. Her childhood nickname was “Hamburgers”. Throughout WWE Career she is good friends with Sonya Deville.
Credit: Mandy’s Official WikiPedia