WWE superstar Mandy Rose, aka Amanda Saccomanno, entertains the crowd in and out of the ring with her unique blend of athleticism, looks and charisma. But before she appeared in front of thousands of fans filling the arenas almost every night, she had a typical childhood in Yorktown, NY, part of Westchester County, playing sports with her three older brothers and dancing in high school before graduating as a speaker acquired pathology from Iona College. So, if there was ever a direct road to wrestling fame, that probably was not the case. But she was on the right path when her friend suggested training for a fitness contest after college.
"At first there were conflicts with me," she says. "I've always trained, but my diet was not very strict, I hired a coach and handled it as a hobby, but when I saw how my body changed, I loved it."
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With some high-profile wins, Rose started building her social media And in 2015, she received a call to audition for the sixth season of the WWE reality show Tough Enough in which the contestants competed against each other to win a WWE contract She did not win (hey, second place is not bad), but she did get a contract anyway, and soon thereafter she got a role in E! 'S reality show Network Total Divas f the fifth season in January 2016, around the same time as her in-ring debut for the WWE brand NXT. This all set the stage for her appointment to the WWE squad in November 2017, where she has been working ever since.
Rose has been a recognizable star in and out of the ring since becoming a regular on WWE television, known for her storylines and bombing looks as well as for her skills between the ropes. "You have to have charisma and other things in addition to athleticism," says Rose about the success as a WWE superstar. "But I have my background in fitness, I've completed my training and spent time developing my craft." So I can open the envelope with these seductive storylines, but still show people that I can kick my ass too.
And since her debut, there have been many memorable moments for Rose in a WWE ring: In January 2018, she earned a spot in the women's first ever Royal Rumble match, and this year she had her most famous story, as she did in several Fighting against the former Women's SmackDown champion, Asuka, whom Rose defeated in a considerable shock earlier this year ] SmackDown Live .
Success in the ring means a life in training, and if you're in the gym as often as a WWE superstar, you'll need a whole lot of food to promote progress and recovery. Rose says she's trying to eat as clean and healthy as possible, usually after a high-protein, low-carbohydrate regimen. But even WWE stars are dealing with long nights and occasional fast-food breaks on the street. "Overall, I try to be consistent," she says, "but sometimes you just have to eat what's available." This nutritional flexibility has an affinity for donuts.
Rose launched a YouTube series on her channel along with WWE superstar Sonya Deville called Damandyz Donutz, in which they sampled and checked glazed donuts across the country. More than 30 episodes in the series is a carefree, uncultured look at the women behind the personas. The dynamic duo has proven that the chemistry stands out from the mat – especially when it comes to fried dough. It's a lot of fun, Rose says, noting that donuts are probably not a staple on the personal menus of many professional athletes. "I'm happy to have good genes," she says. "And life is all about balance."
Beyond her aspiring career as a pastry chef, Rose's personal brand is strong with nearly 2 million Instagram followers. She also launched a new fitness app called Fit With Mandy, which offers a 12-week home program for participants of all ages and skill levels. It is easy to track and requires minimal equipment. "My first love will always be fitness," she says, "so I want to share that with as many people as possible."
Rose is eager to continue her role in WWE and see how women can come a long way in the world of sports entertainment.
"Women break barriers," she says. "I am so grateful and honored to be a part of it."
Visit fitwithmandyapp.com or the App Store to get more information about Roses Fitness App, and follow her on YouTube and Instagram to keep up with her workout WWE appearances.