Mandy Rose Says Sonya Deville Thought Of LGBTQ Story In NXT, Closed Set Makes Promos More Intimate

Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville are involved in arguably the best storyline in WWE right now. The storyline has featured love, backstabbing, eyelash pulling, and much more as the two ladies are showcased every Friday on SmackDown.

On April 17 WWE SmackDown, Deville and Rose delivered a well-received segment that highlighted their talent on the mic, which many were surprised by as Deville had never been given the opportunity to perform in longer promo segments.

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"We were both so happy," Rose told Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT about the segment. "Sometimes you just need that opportunity and the time to express yourself. Time is crucial and sometimes we don't get the amount of time that we wish for in matches or promos. And it's hard to showcase your true character or personality and different emotions. This storyline was so good and real. It was interesting with the closed set, I thought it turned out better. It felt so intimate. It worked out. That night, we were on cloud nine. It was a good night."

Before the love story between Mandy, Otis, Dolph Ziggler, and Sonya came to fruition, Sonya had pitched an LGBTQ story with Rose at some point in 2019. A clip of Sonya talking about the storyline was featured during "Total Divas."

WWE ended up doing an LGBTQ story with Liv Morgan and Lana, which really went nowhere.

In the talk with McCarthy, Rose revealed that Sonya had the LGBTQ story in mind dating back to their days in NXT.

"We're always pitched different things. You always want to give the writers and producers ideas for your own character because you know yourself best. It was an idea we pitched awhile ago, during NXT days we thought about it. Things happen, things change, it might be suited for other people. In the end, it all worked out. This storyline turned out really well. It is what it is with that stuff," she said.

Deville defeated Rose last Friday on SmackDown.

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