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Mandy Rose Looks Back on Last Year’s Elimination Chamber, Talks Women’s Tag Titles

February 15, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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– Mandy Rose discussed last year’s Elimination Chamber match and preparing for this year in a new blog for Yahoo! Sports. Highlights are below:

On the competing in the first Women’s Elimination Chamber: “It was only a couple of months in from when I got the news I was going to Raw and it was a very exciting time. I was still with Absolution (Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Paige) and we were told we were going to compete in the first-ever women’s Elimination Chamber match. A lot of thoughts were going through my mind. I was really excited, a little bit nervous and obviously didn’t know what to expect because there had never been a women’s Elimination Chamber match before, and I had no experience in anything like this. It’s definitely one of those things where it’s nerve-wracking, but there’s also a lot of pressure because you want to put on a great match. This was the first-ever and there could be more along the way for years to come, but I was excited to be in there with Sonya Deville, my partner in crime. We didn’t have too much time to prepare, as we had about a month from being told about the match to the actual event. But in WWE, you always have to be ready. Sonya and I went back and watched a bunch of old Elimination Chamber matches and tried to get ideas. It’s way different than being in the ring for a normal match, so you don’t know what to expect until you have that first encounter with the cage, but your adrenaline is pumping so you really don’t care and just keep going.”

On watching the match back: “I always watch my matches back 100 times afterwards because that’s how I improve. This is something I’ve always done, even in NXT. You can get a million different opinions from different people, but I always like to watch myself to see what I did and how I performed because the best critic is yourself. Sometimes you get too much feedback that can cause you to overthink things and start overanalyzing yourself, so that time for me to analyze the match myself is very important to me. There’s always room for improvement. It was such an awesome moment for myself and the other women to be part of that historic match, especially because I’ve only been doing this for three years. Being on Raw, being part of the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match and the first-ever Elimination Chamber was incredibly exciting.”

On this year’s match: “Going into this year, we kept hearing rumblings about the creation of Women’s Tag Team titles for so long and didn’t know if it was really going to happen. Now that it is a reality, and Sonya Deville and I are part of it, it’s very exciting because I feel those titles belong to us. We’ve been working our butts off, are the total package and we’re really excited going into this match. The only other two people with experience in the chamber are Sasha and Bayley. We have to watch out for them obviously, but everyone else hasn’t been in this kind of match. I’ve come a long way considering I didn’t have a wrestling background coming into this. I was in NXT for two years, which is a pretty short period of time. But as I mentioned, I’m always looking to improve and looking to get better. The more you work, the better you get. It’s all about experience. I think the year between Elimination Chamber matches I’ve definitely improved, especially being on SmackDown Live, and having the chance to work with all of the talented women in WWE. It really makes you grow and become a better performer.”