Milena Leticia RouckaD.O.B: 25 October, 1979
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Trained By: OVW, FCW
Milena Leticia Roucka is a former model and ring announcer, currently working as a professional wrestler for WWE, under the ring name Rosa Mendes.
She is also a main cast member of WWE’s reality TV show Total Divas.
Milena Roucka is of Czech and Costa Rican descent, and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She described her younger self as a tomboy, and was once suspended from school for fighting. She studied Business at the University of British Columbia, but dropped out in order to pursue a career in modelling. In 2004, she won the ‘Piel Dorada’ a major Latin American modelling contest, and in doing so she became the first North American to ever win it. In 2005, she won the Hawaiian Tropic’s ‘Ms. Indy 500’ contest, and judged the Hawaiian Tropic’s ‘Ms. Super Bowl’ contest.
Roucka has been trained in Muay Thai, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing. She says that Trish Stratus was her inspiration to become a professional wrestler.
On May 18th, 2012, she was involved in a car crash, in which she suffered whiplash.
In April 2013, she was sent home from WWE’s European Tour to sort out some personal problems. It was revealed during an episode of Total Divas, that during that time she had entered rehab.
She was previously engaged to Steven Slocum, better known as Jackson Andrews. On August 5th, Roucka filed battery charges against him over an incident at their Las Vegas home.
On an episode of Total Divas, it was revealed that Roucka was bisexual.
On August 6th, 2015, Roucka announced that she and her partner Bobby Schlubenski, were expecting their first child. She gave birth to their daughter, Jordan Elizabeth on February 13, 2016.
Professional Wrestling Career
Diva Search (2006)
In 2006, Roucka participated in the WWE Diva Search and placed in the final eight. She won the first round, which was a Dance Competition. She was eliminated on August 24th, and was then signed by WWE.
Ohio Valley Wrestling (2006-2008)
Upon signing with WWE, Roucka was assigned to their developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wresting. She would use the ring-name Roucka, and became the valet for Bad Kompany. She also competed in the ‘Miss OVW Contest’
She made her in-ring wrestling debut on March 24th, in a loss to Jennifer Mae. Later that night, she teamed with Beth Phoenix, Melody and Katie Lea, in another loss, this time to Maryse, Victoria Crawford, Serena and ODB.
In June 2007, Roucka faced OVW Women’s Champion ODB for the title, but was unsuccessful. She did however, go on to win the championship on September 19th, when she won a six-way match. Upon winning the title, she embarked on a feud with Katie Lea, and picked up several wins in non-title matches. On December 12th, she defeated Lea in a ‘Kiss My Foot’ match for the title.
In January 2008, Lea picked up a win against Roucka in a non-title match, which set up a title match between the two. After five months as champion, Roucka lost the title to Katie Lea on February 20th. On February 29th, she teamed with Josie in a loss to Melody and Reggie. This turned out to be her last match in OVW, as WWE and OVW ended their developmental relationship.
Florida Championship Wrestling (2008-2011)
In March 2008, Roucka made her debut for Florida Championship Wrestling, which had taken over as WWE’s developmental territory. Her first match saw her team with Nicole Bella in a loss to Nattie Neidhart and Victoria Crawford. The following month, she began a feud with The Bella Twins, which continued throughout the summer.
In January 2009, Roucka began using the ring-name Rosa Mendes, and made her debut on the WWE main roster at RAW.
In February, she began a feud with Miss Angela for the Queen of FCW crown, Mendes would attack Angela and attempt to steal the crown on several occasions. On April 19th, the two faced-off for the crown, but Doctor X tried to attack Angela during the match, which awarded her the victory via disqualification.
In June, Mendes aligned herself with FCW General Manager Abraham Washington.
In November 2010, Rosa Mendes faced Naomi for the FCW Divas Championship, but lost the match. However, on the November 25th episode of FCW TV, Mendes pinned AJ to become the Queen of FCW. She held the crown until February 13th 2011, when she lost it to Aksana.
WWE Main Roster; Beth Phoenix’s Intern (2008-2009)
On the November 24th 2008, episode of RAW, Rosa Mendes appeared in the crowd, holding a sign that said she was WWE Women’s Champion, Beth Phoenix’s number one fan. This continued over the next several weeks. On the December 22nd episode of RAW, she was introduced as Rosa Mendes, by Phoenix’s boyfriend and tag team partner, Santino Marella. The following week, Mendes jumped the guardrail and attcked Melina, who was the number one contender for Beth Phoenix’s championship. The next week, Stephanie McMahon announced that Mendes had been banned from WWE events. Not to be stopped however, Mendes disguised herself as one of Melina’s paparazzo during her entrance and attacked her once again.
On the January 19th, 2009, episode of RAW, Santino Marella announced that he had hired Rosa Mendes to be Beth Phoenix’s new intern. Mendes then began to accompany Phoenix to the ring.
On the March 30th episode of RAW, Rosa Mendes made her in-ring debut during an 18-woman tag team match, which her team lost.
At Wrestlemania XXV, Mendes competed in a 25-woman battle royal, but was eliminated by Santino Marella in drag.
On the June 11th episode of Superstars, Mendes picked up her first victory, when her ans Beth Phoenix defeated the Bella Twins. On the June 15th episode of RAW, Mendes was defeated by Mickie James.
In August 2009, Rosa Mendes began managing Carlito and her association with Beth Phoenix was quietly forgotten about. On August 31st, Mendes participated in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the WWE Divas Championship, but she was eliminated by Beth Phoenix.
Brand Switches (2009-2011)
On October 12th 2009, Rosa Mendes was traded over to the ECW brand. She debuted on the October 20th episode of ECW during a backstage segment with ECW Genaeral Manager, Tiffany.
On November 3rd, she began a storyline which saw Zack Ryder become infatuated with her. He would lose his matches because he was distracted by her. This led to a personal and managerial relationship between the two. Mendes would remain by Ryder’s side throughout his feud with Tommy Dreamer, that eventually saw Dreamer forced from WWE. On the final episode of ECW, Mendes speared Tiffany.
Ryder and Mendes then moved back to the RAW brand, and Mendes made her debut in a Divas Chmapionship Number One Contenders Battle Royal, which was won by Eve Torres.
Rosa Mendes’ stay on the RAW brand was short lived however, as she was drafted over to Smackdown as a part of the 2010 Supplemental Draft. This split Ryder and Mendes up, as Ryder remained on the RAW brand.
Her debut match for the Smackdown brand saw Mendes lose to Kelly Kelly. On the May 6th episode of Superstars, Mendes took on Beth Phoenix in a non-title match. During the match, Phoenix suffered a torn ACL. This led to Mendes receiving a WWE Women’s Championship match, however, the match never took place because Mendes was replaced by Michelle McCool and Layla on the orders of Vickie Guerrero.
In June 2010, Mendes attempted to join Lay-Cool, but they mocked her. This led to several backstage segments which saw Mendes exercising in order to impress them. It backfired however, when Mendes began skipping at ringside and distracted Layla, costing her the match. On September 17th, Rosa Mendes turned babyface when she teamed up with Kelly Kelly to lose to Lay-Cool.
In late 2010, Mendes began appearing mainly in backstage segments with members of the male roster.
On February 25th 2011, Rosa Mendes won her first singles match on Smackdown, when she defeated Layla via disqualification following interference from McCool. Over the next couple of weeks, Mendes with different tag team partners suffered defeats to Lay-Cool.
Mendes then took some time off, and returned on the May 27th episode of Smackdown, when she became a heel once more and began managing Tamina and Alicia Fox in their feud with The Chickbusters. On June 17th, Mendes joined Fox and Tamina to defeat the Chickbusters and Natalya.
On July 15th, Mendes lost to Kelly Kelly in a non-title match. She then competed in a Divas Championship Number-One contenders battle Royal on the August 1st episode of RAW, which was won by Beth Phoenix.
Managing Primo and Epico (2011-2013)
On December 1st, 2011, Rosa Mendes began managing Primo and Epico. On January 15th 2012, Primo and Epico defeated Air Boom to become the WWE Tag Team Champions. They then successfully defended the titles on the Wrestlemania XXVIII pre-show against The Usos and Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd in a triple threat tag team match.
On April 30th, Primo and Epico lost the tag titles to R-Truth and Kofi Kingston. Following this loss, Primo and Epico, along with Rosa Mendes joined the ‘All World Promotions‘ stable, led by Abraham Washington. This alliance remained until No Way Out, when Washington cost them the match and aligned himself with The Prime Time Players.
At Money In The Bank, Mendes managed Primo and Epico to a victory over The Prime Time Players.
On the November 19th episode of RAW, Hornswoggle squirted Rosa Mendes in the face with a fake bouquet of flowers. Mendes then tried to attack Hornswoggle the following week, but was prevented from doing so by Natalya. This led to a match on Smackdown between Primo and Epico and The Great Khali and Hornswoggle. The match was won by The Great Khali and Hornswoggle, and once again saw Mendes being attacked by Natalya.
On the December 28th episode of Smackdown, Mendes managed Primo in a defeat to Brodus Clay. After the match, Mendes confronted Clay and was attacked by The Funkadactyls. Over the next couple of months the same theme would repeat itself, with Primo and Epico being defeated by The Great Khali, Hornswoggle, Brodus Clay and Tensai, whilst Rosa would be attacked by Natalya, Cameron and Naomi.
Various Storylines (2013-2015)
Roucka, then took two months off in order to settle personal issues. She returned to TV on the July 25th episode of NXT, although she didn’t wrestle the show. On August 26th, Mendes distracted Fandango and helped The Miz. She also teamed up with Alicia Fox and Aksana in a loss to Natalya, Eva Marie and JoJo.
Rosa Mendes then entered a feud with the cast of WWE reality TV show Total Divas, that saw her accompanying the other Divas on the roster in their matches.
At Wrestlemania XXX, Rosa Mendes participated in the ‘Vickie Guerrero Invitational’ match for the WWE Divas Championship. The match was won by AJ Lee.
She would make her return on the June 23rd episode of RAW, when she, alongside Alicia Fox and Layla interfered on behalf of Stephanie McMahon, but was eventually thrown into a pool of mud by Vickie Guerrero. She then participated in Stephanie McMahon’s punishment of Nikki Bella, which saw her involved in handicap matches against Nikki.
After a further two months absence, Rosa Mendes returned at the Survivor Series pre-show, when she appeared as Fandango’s new dance partner as a part of Fandango’s new salsa dancer gimmick. Fandango went on to defeat Justin Gabriel.
The relationship between Fandango and Rosa Mendes lasted until the April 13th 2015, episode of RAW, when Fandango decided to dissolve the relationship. Following the dissolution of her relationship with Fandango, Mendes went on to cost him a match against Adam Rose, and then began managing him instead.
The relationship between Rose and Mendes was quietly forgotten about, and Mendes began working as WWE.com’s Smackdown correspondent, until she left for maternity leave in late October.
In 2004, Roucka appeared in Costa Rican commercials for Chrysler, Lux and Trident Lux, and in 2005, she starred in a Bodog.com commercial.
She was also a part of the Need for Speed: Most Wanted video game, when she portrayed Isabel Díaz.
In September 2014, Mendes became a main cast member of WWE reality TV show Total Divas, however in 2015, it was announced that she would not be returning to the show, This changed again in October, as it was reported that she would indeed be returning as a main cast member for season 5.
She also made her WWE Video game debut in the WWE 2K16 game.
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