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Opinion: Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville took their tag team name from a Backstreet Boys song

Fire and Desire
Fire and Desire
Gary Cassidy
Modified 01 Apr 2020

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Following the dissolution of Absolution, it seemed like Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose were headed their separate ways - that was until their reformation where the pair were rebranded as Fire and Desire.

Now, that name may not make a lot of sense without context, but Deville and Rose cut a promo saying that Deville brings the fire, while people desire Mandy.

Deville is Fire because of her legitimate MMA background, while Mandy is Desire because she has a gimmick based around her being...let's say aesthetically pleasing.

Still not making sense?

Okay, you got me. I agree.

So why are Sonya and Mandy named Fire and Desire?

I know what you're saying right now...

"Tell me why!"


Of course, there's only one solution. The pair are named Fire and Desire because they're huge Backstreet Boys fans! It's the only solution.

The two words are a huge part of the Backstreet Boys' hit song 'I Want It That Way' from their album Millennium, released in 1999 to incredible critical acclaim - so why wouldn't you take inspiration from it?!

You are my fire,
My one desire

It's the only option! Come on, where have we heard those two words together before?

Only as part of one of the biggest pop songs of the late '90s!


Regardless, Deville and Rose - AKA Fire and Desire - had a great showing on this week's Monday Night RAW against the current Women's Tag Team Champions in Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. Despite being unsuccessful in the match, the pair definitely will have won over some of their doubters and definitely convinced the WWE Universe that they're worthy of being pushed as one of the top tag teams in the Women's Division.

Mandy and Sonya as future WWE Women's Tag Team Champions?

Believe when I say,

I want it that way.

Published 20 Aug 2019, 10:30 IST
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