NXT‘s 2.0 branding has not been to everyone’s liking; that is something that needs to be addressed right out of the bat. Many feel that Vince McMahon and the rest of his cohorts changed an awesome pure wrestling show into a developmental brand filled with green talent.
While that might hold more weight than many fans would like to admit, not everything about this rebranding of the beloved black and gold show has been negative. The women’s division’s lead players, Toxic Attraction has done a phenomenal job and become a central part of weekly TV. But they are still relatively new, meaning fans may not know everything about NXT’s resident fallen angels.
10 Rose’s Ascent To Greatness
Until her second NXT run, Mandy Rose had been known as a middling performer who had seen whatever little success she had in WWE due more to her looks than any real in-ring pedigree. However, the success of Toxic Attraction has seen her rise above anything previously thought possible.
Having formed the group alongside Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne, Rose has proven everyone wrong with her character work and much-improved wrestling. The result is the best work of her career and a run atop the NXT women’s mountain.
9 Her First-Ever Title
As mentioned, coming back to NXT in its 2.0 avatar and forming Toxic Attraction has been highly beneficial for Mandy Rose. Having gone without a title in her initial NXT and main roster runs, she was quick to capture a massive prize upon her return to “developmental.”
Her win over Raquel Gonzalez at Halloween Havoc 2021 to claim the NXT Women’s Championship saw Rose win the first title in her wrestling career. She will soon enter the top five list of the longest reigns with the belt, proving her success in this role.
8 Record Breakers Dolin & Jayne
Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne are the current NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and they have rightfully brought a flagging division into focus since coming together last year. In fact, the duo is in the middle of their record-tying second reign as tag champs.
The only other team to hold the still-nascent titles twice is Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez, but Dolin and Jayne also have the record for the longest combined and single reign with the straps. With the work they are doing, the two could hold onto these records for some time.
7 Dolin’s MYC Audition
Gigi Dolin was first seen on WWE TV competing in the 2018 Mae Young Classic. She had a losing effort against Deonna Purrazzo in the first round.
Come January 2021, after successful stints in the independents, she signed with WWE. Dolin debuted in the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, teaming with fellow new signee Cora Jade in a losing effort against The Way (Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell) in the first round.
6 Been Heels Throughout
Toxic Attraction as a group is about showing they are better than all the other women in NXT, be it in the ring, on the mic, or in terms of looks. They are seemingly on a mission to show what they can do after saying they were tired of the disrespect from fans and wrestlers.
As a result, the trio has been heels throughout their run as perhaps the most dominant female stable ever in NXT. With the kind of reactions and matches they are having, it looks to remain this way for the time being.
5 Initial Scouting Games
After Mandy Rose returned to NXT during a July 13, 2021, episode, she seemingly put behind her previous babyface tendencies from the main roster. She then scouted Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne over the next two weeks, as the latter two lost their matches.
By the August 31 episode of NXT, it was evident the trio was up to something. Jayne and Dolin accompanied Rose for her match against Sarray, and they helped her to the back, foreshadowing something big.
4 Debut Match As A Trio On The Maiden Episode Of NXT 2.0
A week after helping Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin joined her in attacking Io Shirai and Zoey Stark, the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter, coming off as heels.
On NXT 2.0’s debut episode on September 14, they faced Carter, Catanzaro, and Sarray in a six-woman tag team match, coming out on top. The following week, they named themselves “Toxic Attraction,” proclaiming they were the future of NXT’s women’s division.
3 Dolin In AEW
Intriguingly, before signing with WWE and after her 2018 Mae Young Classic impression, Gigi Dolin, then wrestling as Priscilla Kelly, appeared on AEW TV. She was a surprise entrant in the Casino Battle Royal at All Out 2019.
Dolin also battled Britt Baker in a losing effort on the January 23 episode of AEW Dynamite. This was the show filmed from Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea Part Deux: Second Wave.
2 Won Their First Titles On The Same Night
All three Toxic Attraction members have held on to their titles for long periods. This has made the group some of the dominant names on NXT 2.0 and one of the show’s centerpieces.
Interestingly, they won the Women’s and Tag Team belts on the same night, i.e., Halloween Havoc. Dolin and Jayne defeated Io Shirai/Zoey Stark and Indi Hartwell/Persia Pirotta in a Scareway to Hell Ladder triple threat tag team bout for the tag gold, while Rose defeated Gonzalez, as already mentioned.
1 Jayne Is A Former World Champion
Not many may know this, but Jacy Jayne, despite her young age, is a multi-time world champion. As Avery Taylor, she made her wrestling debut on May 30, 2018, in American Combat Wrestling (ACW).
Jayne enjoyed a respectable career in promotions in the Florida area, including ACW, Shine Wrestling, Evolve, and Full Impact Pro. This was where she became a three-time Women’s Champion, twice in ACW and once in World Xtreme Wrestling.