Rose: “I’ve been through so much, I’ve dealt with so much”
How she got into wrestling:
My grandma…she used to talk about going down to the armory and watching Haystacks Calhoun, and she would name all these names and I’m like ‘Who?’ But she brought me up on it in the golden era and I grew up as a fan in Washington, D.C., on Mount Pleasant. I grew up as a fan, watching, every Monday night, you know, glued to my television, and then we got the Thursday night shows and just wrestling consumed my soul. Eventually, there was a wrestling school in Manassas, Virginia, and I went and checked it out, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Embracing her identity:
I’ve been through so much, I’ve dealt with so much, it’s just like, I’m here, I’m doing this, I’m here for me. I can’t worry about what other people are hung up on. If they’re sour on something in their life, and using me as a punching bag, which is what it is a lot of times, I get that. It sucks, please stop doing that, but I get it. But I can’t be hung up on that.
How her character has been booked:
It’s a classic story, but it’s a good story. And, wrestling being what it is, you ever know the outcome. Even if you think you know the outcome, there’s a screwy curveball coming and anything can happen. Look at the first AEW women’s match. Everybody thought they knew what was gonna happen, me vs, Riho, but that plucky, scrappy Riho somehow got out from under me. And I didn’t think she was gonna get my big a** off the top rope, but that knocked the wind out of me. She got me.