Wrestler Mandy Rose’s long NXT title reign and tenure with WWE both concluded within 24 hours.
Rose has been released from WWE over racy photos that she shared on her FanTime page, The New York Post reports.
FanTime is a platform similar to OnlyFans in which users can pay monthly subscription fees to access exclusive content from creators.
Rose’s FanTime page costs $40 a month. In recent days, photos from her page in the shower with her fiance, Tino Sabbatelli, that can be characterised as X-rated began spreading on the internet.
The news of Rose’s release was first reported by Fightful Select.
A WWE spokesperson declined to comment on the matter when contacted.
The 32-year-old Rose, whose real name is Amanda Rose Saccomano, had been the women’s champion for NXT — WWE’s developmental brand — for more than 400 days before losing to Roxanne Perez on Thursday AEDT.
In the storyline, it was a relatively shocking development that a title reign of that length would end on standard television as opposed to pay-per-view.
Rose made her WWE debut in 2015.
There are a couple factors at play here. One was the level of raciness in the photos. While Rose’s WWE character was sexualised, in the present era, WWE content has not gone to the level of what Rose was sharing on her page.
The other issue is that WWE has made it clear to its performers that outside business endeavours must go through them. In 2020, Vince McMahon warned talents about participating in platforms such as Twitch and Cameo without co-operation with WWE in a letter — and threatened termination if terms were violated.
“Some of you are engaged with outside third parties using your name and likeness in ways that are detrimental to our company,” McMahon, who stepped down from running WWE earlier this year, wrote at the time.
“It is imperative that these activities be terminated within the next 30 days (by Friday October 2). Continued violations will result in fines, suspension, or termination at WWE’s discretion.”
Zelina Vega was fired by WWE in November 2020 for launching an OnlyFans account that did not have provocative content. She was brought back by the company the following summer.
WWE issued a statement at the time explaining the rationale.
“Much like Disney and Warner Bros., WWE creates, promotes and invests in its intellectual property, i.e. the stage names of performers like The Fiend Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Big E and Braun Strowman,” the company said.
“It is the control and exploitation of these characters that allows WWE to drive revenue, which in turn enables the company to compensate performers at the highest levels in the sports entertainment industry. Notwithstanding the contractual language, it is imperative for the success of our company to protect our greatest assets and establish partnerships with third parties on a company-wide basis, rather than at the individual level, which as a result will provide more value for all involved.”
— This story originally appeared on nypost.com and has been republished with permission
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