Rosa Mendes is existing proof that in WWE, dreams do come true. Beginning on the November 24, 2008 episode of Raw, this stunning Latina could be seen at ringside, fiercely waving signs which illustrated her devotion to Beth Phoenix and passionately rooting on the WWE Diva known as “The Glamazon.” Her support, however, eventually turned problematic for the sports-entertainment organization’s security personnel. Jumping over guardrails, the 2006 Diva Search contestant found herself physically involved in the future Mrs. Copeland’s matches, as a way to preserve her idol’s dominance over the Divas division.
Mendes’ determination was ultimately rewarded as on the January 19, 2009 edition of Raw, Santino Marella announced that she had been offered an internship position with “Glamarella.” While most interns spend their days laboring through a bevy of increasingly degrading errands, Mendes’ gig directly led her to the squared circle. After learning at the knee of Beth Phoenix (and to a lesser degree, The Glamazon’s former beau, Santino Marella), Rosa Mendes was primed to take on the Divas division on her own.
Going up against the likes of Kelly Kelly, Mickie James, Eve, Alicia Fox and others, the sexy Vancouver native made good use of her on-the-job wrestling training from The Glamazon, a three-time WWE Women’s Champion and former WWE Divas Champion. In 2012, Mendes led the duo of Epico and Primo to a lengthy WWE Tag Team Championship reign.
In November 2014, Mendes began appearing by the side of Fandango, who had adopted a salsa dancer persona. Together, the couple hopes to dance their way to the top.
Though capturing the Divas Championship ranks atop her list of priorities, the 35-year-old’s latest goal is to keep an eye out on her fellow Divas. Once a model, valet and intern Rosa is now a full-fledged reality television star and professional wrestler. Now that’s climbing up the ladder!