The Raw Women’s Division received quite the shock recently when Paige made her much-awaited return to the company, and she brought some friends along with her to wreak havoc on the ladies. Paige has aligned herself with NXT wrestlers Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, who have both come through WWE’s Tough Enough program and together created a stable called “Absolution”. These three look unstoppable at the moment, taking out many of Raw’s women; this stable not only put over Deville and Rose but also served to re-assert Paige as a top star in the Women’s Division.
While these three ladies might be looking quite dangerous in the WWE at the moment, they aren’t exactly the bullies they are portrayed as in real life. They have quite diverse lives and have gone through some really interesting stuff prior to making it big in the WWE. Deville and Rose are especially the ones whom not many people know much about, and there are certain things about them which could surprise many.
Paige might already be a big star because of her past in the WWE, but the same cannot be said about Rose and Deville. There are certain secrets and aspects of their lives not many know about, as we take a look at the 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Absolution.
15. MANDY ROSE IS A CROWNED WORLD BEAUTY FITNESS & FASHION CHAMPION
Mandy Rose is definitely one of the better-looking women in the WWE right now, with the “Golden Goddess of WWE” making quite the impression on the fans with her stunning looks and amazing figure over the past few weeks. Rose is a real fitness freak and has been for the past few years, as she competed in many fitness competitions before making her way to the WWE. Rose actually did really well because of her fitness and looks, becoming the World Beauty Fitness & Fashion Champion in 2014. That definitely caught the eyes of WWE, who signed her a year later and she’s improved as a wrestler over the years and finally received her big moment with her recent promotion to the main roster.
14. SONYA DEVILLE IS WWE’S FIRST OPENLY LESBIAN COMPETITOR
The WWE has had its share of wrestlers who went both ways in the past few years, but we rarely saw any WWE wrestler coming out of the closet while acquainted with the company. But that wasn’t the case with Sonya Deville, who quite confidently revealed herself to be homosexual in nature. She actually came out with this news before signing with the WWE, so the company knew about that aspect of herself before signing her. That was actually quite the courageous move from Deville’s part as well because of how homosexual people are still seen in places like Sports Entertainment, as she proved just how mentally tough she was with that move. WWE also seem to be pleased with that, as they’ll continue pushing her as their first openly lesbian competitor because of how that can help improve their own reputation in the mainstream media.
13. PAIGE HAD A MISCARRIAGE IN HER LATE TEENS
Paige has made quite the emphatic return to the WWE recently, instantly re-establishing herself as one of the top stars of the Women’s Division and showing no signs of nerve after being out for over a year. She had quite the hellacious 2016 and early 2017 as well, which included her getting suspended from WWE, having to recover from an awful neck injury and also her private pictures being leaked on the internet. Paige recently came to Lillian Garcia’s podcast and spoke about a variety of things, but one which was really shocking was her admitting to having become pregnant at the age of 17 or 18, but she sadly lost her baby. She also stated that she probably can’t have a baby ever again, as one could only imagine how distraught Paige must’ve been back then.
12. MANDY ROSE IS A SUPPORTER OF ANIMAL RIGHTS
Mandy Rose may come off as a pretty face to many WWE fan, but beyond her wrestling character, she is actually a very sweet and dedicated person in real life. Rose has worked really hard to get to where she is right now and is also quite humble about it. While Rose may be known for her looks and past history in modeling, something everyone may not know about her is that Rose is actually an avid supporter of Animal Rights and Adoption. The Golden Goddess of WWE is actually a big animal lover and does her bit for the animal rights movement, and also promotes it on her social media pages. She may be the nasty heel in WWE right now, but Rose is quite the opposite in real life and seems to be a genuinely nice person knowing her love for animals.
11. SONYA DEVILLE STARTED HER MMA TRAINING AT THE AGE OF 17
Sonya Deville is probably the most “hard-hitting” wrestler in Absolution, with the dangerous looking Deville packing quite the punch in her first few weeks on the main roster. Deville is like the muscle of the stable Absolution, and knowing her past where she has quite the experience in Mixed-Martial Arts, one can understand why WWE chose to promote her. Deville has been a driven competitor for a long time now, as she started her MMA training at the age of 17! Deville herself admitted having decided to train for MMA as soon as she completed her graduation, after which she took off to American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida to hone her MMA skills. She has since been an extremely motivated competitor who has made the transition from MMA to Wrestling very well and knowing her “legitimate” fighting skills, she can go a long way in the division.
10. PAIGE CONTEMPLATED TAKING HER OWN LIFE AFTER HER LEAKS
When Paige’s private pictures leaked, she instantly got the reputation of being this vulgar character who should’ve been fired by the WWE. But after listening to her heartfelt interview with Lillian Garcia on her podcast, one can only feel bad for her after hearing some of the things Paige felt after the leaks. She was pretty emotional when she talked about the topic, and revealed that she was so distraught after the leaks that she ended up barricading herself inside the house and even contemplated suicide for a while. But thankfully she found reason and support from her friends, who lent her some much-needed strength at the time, and Paige seems to have recovered. The past year may have been hell for her, but Paige is now back doing what she does best, which is entertaining her fans in WWE.
9. SONYA DEVILLE & MANDY ROSE ARE CLOSE FRIENDS IN REAL LIFE
The return of Paige was a much-anticipated but expected one, but many were surprised to see her bring two “friends” along with her in Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose, who have been her two terrorizing partners in the past few weeks. Deville and Rose may look to mean business only rather than showing much friendship in the past few weeks, but the two are pretty different in real life where they are very close to each other. Both Rose and Sonya were signed by WWE for the Tough Enough competition and have been great friends ever since. We can see them hanging out with each other, as they travel together and post many pictures showing how much fun they have with each other. The two will bond even more now that they’re in the same stable, as these besties look to wreak havoc in the Women’s Division.
8. MANDY ROSE HAS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN SPEECH PATHOLOGY
Mandy Rose has enchanted many with her stunning looks since her main roster debut, with the “Golden Goddess of WWE” making quite the impression. Rose is also quite able in the ring, but it’s her fit figure which has the attention of the fans, who may not know that this beauty has a lot of brains as well. Mandy Rose did a lot of stuff prior to joining WWE, which included going to college where she got a degree in Speech-Language Pathology. For those who may not know what it is, it’s learning to be a speech therapist, dealing with the treatment for those who have communication problems. Rose can help those who have communication and voice disorders, and this degree means that we probably won’t ever get a botched promo from her.
7. SONYA DEVILLE HAS BEEN PART OF OVER 150 WWE MATCHES
Sonya Deville became quite the destructive force in NXT after she was signed on by the WWE following her stint in “Tough Enough”, and the former MMA star has come a long way since her promotion to NXT. Not only did Deville adapt to NXT really well, but she tweaked her MMA experience with wrestling to make for a unique move-set for herself. That impressed WWE officials enough to keep her wrestling in NXT, where she only had around 10 matches televised on NXT TV. While she may have been a limited performer in NXT, she kept on wrestling in house shows and apparently wrestled over 150 matches on NXT! This may come as a surprise to people who consider her to still be an “amateur”, as Deville is coming to the main roster as quite the experienced wrestler in WWE.
6. PAIGE’S MOTHER ONCE WENT MISSING FOR SIX MONTHS
Paige has wrestling in her blood because of how she comes from a well-known wrestling family, with both her mother and father being professional wrestlers before her. Her mother Saraya Knight is quite popular in the UK wrestling scene and Paige has competed alongside her as well, but it wasn’t the easiest for her parents when Paige was growing up. She spoke about her parents on Lillian Garcia’s podcast and gave a rather harrowing revelation, about how her mom Saraya had gone missing for six months when she was 14 years old. Paige’s mother had just broken down from working really hard, as she just couldn’t deal with all that pressure, and had to disappear to take a break from it all. While this may seem awful off her, it also proves how difficult wrestlers lives are and how terrible it must’ve been for Saraya back then.
5. MANDY ROSE HAS BEEN FEATURED IN MANY FITNESS MAGAZINES
Mandy Rose has some work to do to become as good a wrestler as some of the ones on Monday Night Raw right now, but she’s shown a lot of improvement over the past few years. Even before she had signed up with WWE, Rose was already making strides in her career which kick-started when she impressed in a few fitness competition. After becoming the World Beauty Fitness and Bikini Fashion Champion, Rose got noticed by a lot of magazines who wanted to hire her. “The Golden Goddess of WWE” went on to appear on the cover of many fitness magazines like Fitness Gurls Magazine, Fit & Firm Magazine and FitFemme Magazine. This helped get gain some reputation and caught the eye of WWE as well, who quickly swooped her in to be part of their “Tough Enough” program, and Rose’s sexy looks have been shown in bright light ever since.
4. SONYA DEVILLE CO-PRESENTED A YOUTUBE UFC SHOW
— Daria Berenato (@dariab28) June 16, 2014
Sonya Deville may be a rather successful WWE superstar now that she’s been promoted to the main roster, but things weren’t going so smoothly for her before she joined the company. Sonya was still trying to make a name for herself in the MMA field, and while training herself to become well prepared for more matches, she also did some work hosting an MMA show. That show was a Youtube show called UFC Afterbuzz, which Sonya would co-present with another host. It was basically a show which would review and discuss events of the fights from UFC events, with Sonya’s vast knowledge of UFC and ability to present well making her a decent co-host for the show. She has definitely come a long way since presenting a Youtube Show which barely got any views, to now appearing on Monday Night Raw which is watched by millions every week.
3. PAIGE WAS BULLIED AT SCHOOL
Bullying is a terrible thing which has been brought into light recently, with many celebrities and organizations trying their best to stop bullying and encouraging people to stop this terrible phenomenon as well. The WWE areis also quite avid in discouraging bullying and have been part of some Anti-Bullying campaign in the past, and they are quite strict in not tolerating bullying in the company(or at least they say so). Paige also spoke on bullying in Lillian Garica’s podcast, where she stated that she got a first-hand experience of it in school. Paige spoke about how she was ashamed of her parents’ being wrestlers once because she was bullied in school due to wrestling “not being a cool thing to do” back then. Rather than letting it continue, she embraced her wrestling background after which her bullies apparently became scared of her, proving how Paige has always been a defiant woman.
2. SONYA DEVILLE HAS A PRETTY DECENT MMA RECORD
Sonya Deville has been able to pull off the gimmick of an MMA-themed wrestler so perfectly because of her expertise in it and having a great MMA background herself, she’d definitely know how to pull off this kind of a hard-hitting character. Deville was aiming for a career as a mixed-martial arts fighter, and she also was involved in a few fights before she decided on signing with the WWE. Deville has a decent MMA record, having won 2 out of the 3 matches she had fought a few years ago. She got a win by knockout and the other by submission, but after suffering a narrow loss in her 3rd match, she decided upon a change in career. While Sonya may not be as celebrated as someone like Shayna Baszler, but she’s doing a great job in portraying this dangerous character because of her past MMA experience.
1. PAIGE GOT STRESS INDUCED ANOREXIA AFTER LEAKS
Paige has made a great recovery since returning to the WWE, and has seemingly put her terrible past year behind her as she looks to re-establish herself as a top star in the Women’s Division. It’s quite admirable how well she has recuperated from that trauma, with the leaks of her private photos giving Paige quite the terrible impression. Paige spoke on the leaks in the Lillian Garcia podcast, where she spoke about how horrible she felt after the leaks and shut herself out from the world. She said that the reason she got so skinny was that she had gotten stress induced Anorexia from all the pressure from the leaks. Anorexia is a kind of an eating disorder, and Paige admitted to having collapsed one day during that time. Thankfully she has recovered from that and is doing much better nowadays.
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