Amanda Rose Saccomano (July 18, 1991) is an American model and professional wrestler currently signed to WWE on the Smackdown brand under the ring name Mandy Rose. She is a former contestant on WWE Tough Enough.
Early life and modelling career
Saccomanno was born and raised in Westchester County, New York and is the youngest of four children. She is of Italian and Irish heritage. Saccomanno attended Yorktown High School, where she participated in dance. She later earned her bachelor's degree at Iona College, majoring in speech pathology. She 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.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Tough Enough (2015)
Saccomanno was a contestant WWE Tough Enough VI 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, Saccomanno adopted the ring name Mandy Rose and had a match with Alicia Fox. She placed second overall, after winners Sara Lee and Joshua Bredl.
Total Divas (2015–present)
In September 2015, it was announced that Naomi had been taken off the main cast of the WWE reality television series Total Divas, and had been replaced by Saccomanno. On October 6, Saccomanno's ring name was changed to Mandy.
After Tough Enough, Saccomanno signed a five-year contract with the company. Rose made her in-ring debut for WWE's developmental territory, WWE NXT, during a six-Diva tag team match at a live event in Venice, Florida on January 30, 2016. On the August 17 episode of NXT, Rose made her first televised appearance and in–ring debut where she competed 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 competed on her first singles televised match, where she was defeated by Ember Moon, and turned out to be her second and last live broadcasted appearance in NXT.
On the November 20, 2017, episode of Raw, Rose made her debut alongside Sonya Deville and the returning Paige as they attacked Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James, as well as Alexa Bliss, establishing herself as a villainess in the process. The stable of Rose, Paige and Deville became known in following weeks as Absolution. Their first official match was held on December 18 as part of a six-woman main event against the team of Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James. The match eventually broke down after Rose and Deville double-teamed Banks in the ring while her teammates were neutralized outside the ring. This drew Nia Jax to the ring who hoisted both Rose and Deville across her shoulders to execute a Double Samoan Drop. Soon after, the women's locker room emptied into the ring to engage in an all-out melee. This was halted after Raw General manager Stephanie McMahon entered the ring to announce the first-ever women's Royal Rumble match held at the 2018 Royal Rumble.
Saccomanno has been featured in multiple fitness publications including Fitness Gurls Magazine, Fit & Firm Magazine and FitFemme Magazine.
Saccomanno resides in Yorktown Heights, New York. She is a supporter of animal rights and adoption. Saccomanno participates in yoga, pilates and CrossFit.
- Finishing moves
- Golden's Wings (Lifting double underhook sitout facebuster)
- Signature moves
- Modified octopus hold
- Running bicycle knee
- Springboard bulldog
- Thesz press, followed by multiple mat slams
- Tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown
- Entrance themes
- "A Little Bit of Bad" by Marc Ferrari and Michael McGregor (NXT; August 17, 2016 – September 28, 2016)
Championships and accomplishments
- World Bodybuilding Fitness & Fashion
- 2014 WBFF Boston – (first place)
- 2014 WBFF Diva Bikini Pro World Championship – (first place)