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Former WWE Superstar Mandy Rose Speaks Out For First Time Since Contract Release

“Losing the title was obviously a gut punch,” Mandy revealed on the "Tamron Hall Show."

By Chris Phelan
Mandy Rose

For over 400 days, WWE Superstar Mandy Rose held the NXT Women’s Championship title in a run that could be described as nothing short of epic. Which is why it was especially surprising to fans when WWE announced in mid-December that Mandy had been released from her contract right after losing her title to Roxanne Perez on Dec. 13.

Since then, aside from a quick “thank you” from her official social media accounts the week of her release, Mandy has not broken her silence about her abrupt departure from WWE — until now. During an appearance on the "Tamron Hall Show" on Jan. 10, Mandy Rose spoke openly about that one fateful week in December.

“Losing the title was obviously a gut punch,” she told host Tamron Hall. “I was so disappointed. At the end of the day, my purpose was gone. That’s where I felt lost and confused because of all the hard work. Driving home from that, a lot of things were going through my mind. You always think there are unanswered questions. At the end of the day, I love what I’ve done in WWE and I love the platform they presented me with. I am forever grateful for them.”

There truly seems to be no hard feelings from Mandy Rose, even when Hall pressed her by asking if she felt she'd been wronged by WWE.

“Everything happens for a reason, and I can’t even say I was wronged because I’m so forever grateful for everything that the WWE has presented me with,” she said. 

Despite the circumstances, Mandy admitted that she’s still hurting and dealing with the collateral damage of her release.

“I’m hurt… I’m very hurt. No one wants to get that call that you’re being fired from any job. I was very hurt and very disappointed. I was disappointed more because of everything I put into the business — but just the last year and a half, I was champion for 413 days, I unified the two titles, I was the third longest-reigning NXT Women’s Champion. I also created this must-see faction with two other women that I brought up. I got to see so many women develop their characters and they are younger than me and at the beginning of their careers. To me, that was so important because it was so rewarding for me," she said.

As far as a possible return to WWE, Mandy then revealed that it’s a “conversation” she’d consider having if the time is right.

RELATED: WWE's Mandy Rose Explains How She 'Manifested' Her NXT Women's Championship Reign

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