Shawn Michaels discusses adjusting creative plans with the departure of Mandy Rose.
Back in December, Mandy Rose's NXT Women's Championship reign came to seemingly an abrupt end after she lost the title to Roxanne Perez in a impromptu match on a episode of NXT. The next day, Rose was released from WWE due to content that she had been posting on her FanTime page.
On the latest NXT media call, Michaels discussed Rose's release and talked about how it shifted creative plans for the brand.
"Obviously, not the ideal situation. I will say, if I’m allowed to say it for the record, I didn’t fire her. I can’t fire anybody. Only thing correct about any of that is that I handle creative. It was unfortunate. I think Mandy was fantastic for us. I absolutely enjoyed working with her. She was a phenomenal champion. We would have loved things to have gone different and been able to build our story with Roxanne, but I was put in a position to where I had to make a call creatively, and so we did that. It’s one of the things that I’ve learned, doing this job, nothing comes before the brand. We have to put those things forward and that’s what we did. Roxanne was certainly where we were going regardless, we just went a few weeks earlier than we expected to. The great thing is, now we’re right back on course and I will say, honestly, I think the world of Mandy Rose, she was nothing but phenomenal with us, we’ll miss her, but we’re thrilled about Roxanne Perez being the NXT Women’s Champion and taking us into the future."
Back in January, Rose addressed her release while appearing on a episode of The Tamron Hall Show. To learn more, click here.
Roxanne Perez noted in a recent interview that Rose was nothing but supportive to her after she won the NXT Women's Championship. Click here to learn more.
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