Otis Believes WrestleMania Moment With Mandy Rose 'Would Have Been So Loud' In Front Of WWE Fans
Otis has suggested that his special moment of kissing Mandy Rose at WrestleMania 36 would "have been so loud in that arena in Tampa."
WrestleMania 36 was initially scheduled to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Florida on 5th April.
But the Show of Shows was held behind closed doors at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando due to the coronavirus impact.
Otis, 28, clashed with Dolph Ziggler on the second night of the two-part WrestleMania and Rose assisted the Heavy Machinery member in his win.
The pair shared a kiss after the match as they entered into the next chapter in their on-screen romantic storyline.
Otis, real name Nikola Bogojevic, told SPORTbible in an exclusive interview that it was a "warm feeling of emotions inside" to have the storyline unfold at the Grandest Stage of Them All.
He said: "Definitely. Like, obviously great, warm feeling of emotions inside. I didn't expect it to come in this orderly fashion.
"When we started doing this with Mandy and Dolph, Sonya, it was like, 'When is the cap off here?' And then they say WrestleMania, but of course with the pandemic going on, my biggest worry was this needs a crowd so bad. It's 'talk-showy' and it has an explosion of emotions.
"But with the times are, you have to go with it, man. And the moment happened where I got the kiss from Mandy's lips, we were together and she was in my arms, I feel like that was a lot of joy through the blue-collar solid culture for a lot of guys that [...] as much of a stud I was of an athlete I was in high school, I was still the shy nerd in the corner.
"I was very shy talking to girls who were very beautiful. Just the vision of a... here's a story of 'Can the quiet, nerdy kid get the hot girl at the high school?' That was the idea of it. Just going forward, if people get behind it, they get behind it. If they don't, then I don't know what's gonna happen.
"But it couldn't have happened any better and my experience with WrestleMania -- my first one [on the main card] -- it couldn't have happened with better people with Dolph [and] with Mandy and Sonya.
"It was great. 'Tucky' was injured from the steps from the week before, so he couldn't attend. It made for more drama WrestleMania, I believe."
Despite WrestleMania 36 was held behind closed doors, Otis was happy with how the storyline unfolded and he shared a memorable moment with Rose.
However, he admitted that the only thing he missed from a perfect WrestleMania moment was the fans' reactions.
"I'm happy with a lot of things -- I'm not really a hard guy to please," Otis said.
"For me, the only sad part is yes, we're going through a pandemic here and yes, things are getting serious on people being clean, healthy and keep to distancing.
"But yes, I think that kiss would have been so loud in that arena in Tampa, all those fans, those beautiful fans, just hearing their reactions during that kiss... I wouldn't say it's a sad thing -- it's just something that happens, you just got to take what you can get -- but I can't imagine the noise.
"What I hear from a lot of guys is you never forget that WrestleMania reaction when something happens in front of everybody -- and that's the only thing we missed. Everything else, everything came off great.
"The reactions on the cell phone here, there was a lot of reactions there. I couldn't keep up reading. I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' People I haven't talked to in five years were into it. I know a lot of people from old amateur wrestling and throughout professional wrestling and it's awesome just the reaction we got back.
"The real cool guy got the girl this time, not Dolph. The mean man!"
Otis also told SPORTbible that he has full faith in Rose putting on a top WWE women's match with Sonya Deville should they have the chance.
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