Roxanne Perez earned a shot at the NXT Women's Championship by winning the Iron Survivor Challenge at NXT Deadline.
Perez' title shot was supposed to happen at NXT New Year's Evil, but it took place on the December 13 episode of NXT with Perez defeating Mandy Rose to end her Women's Title reign at 413 days. Rose was release by WWE the following day due to content she had been posting on her subscription FanTime website.
Speaking on Faction 919, Perez reflected on winning the NXT Women's Title.
"It wasn't supposed to happen that day. It was a mix of emotions because I didn't have time to soak it in, 'Alright, this is happening right now.' Expect the unexpected. Obviously, Mandy, I think she is amazing. Since I got to NXT, she is always someone I could go to and she didn't have to be so as giving and sweet to me as she was because she had been there for so long. For her to be such a good human being, I was always so grateful for her. In a way, I was a little sad, because of the way it was happening, but she was so supportive and being like, 'You deserve this.' It made it so much more special. To have Booker T, my trainer, on commentary. My boyfriend was also there as well, he was a big part of my training and me becoming a wrestler. To have them there and when they gave me the championship, holding it in my hands, it didn't feel real until that moment. Everything I went through, all the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs of this wrestling journey that I've been on since I was 13, all those moments were so worth it. It was finally real and it finally happened. It was crazy," she said.
Booker T was Perez' trainer at the Reality of Wrestling school.
Fans can find Mandy's comments on her release by clicking here.
Perez will defend the NXT Women's Championship against Rose's running mates in Toxic Attraction, Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin in a triple threat match at NXT Vengeance Day.
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