A prominent AEW name wants to set the record straight.
Thunder Rosa returned to action on December 12th, 2023 after spending more than a year out of the ring. The star had been AEW Women’s Champion when a back injury put her on the shelf in August 2022, but her absence was shrouded in controversy.
Rosa was forced to deny that she was faking her injury and the fact she wasn’t stripped of the title for months created friction backstage. By this point, it was also something of an open secret that Thunder Rosa and Britt Baker couldn’t stand each other. It was also believed that Rosa had heat with Jamie Hayter.
With her return to action well underway, Rosa discussed her comeback and lengthy absence on Busted Open Radio.
The AEW star explained that the world is currently seeing a new version of her character given how hard she had to work to wrestle again.
“This is a new version of Thunder Rosa,” she said. “So it’s still for some people, like the music, the new entrance and everything, it’s different. I am a different person. I have come back as a different person because of the circumstances that I have to live through to come back to the ring. It hasn’t been easy physically and mentally, but every battle I am facing, I am facing the best way and the most critical and most calculative way possible when I get in the ring.”
In reference to the controversy that engulfed her injury, Rosa said simply that her back was “f*cked.”
“I just want to be able to finish that story because I feel like there was so much misunderstanding when my injury happened and the way where I was compared to some people for not being able to compete, but it’s fair to say, my back was fu**ed, really fu**ed. The doctor said I was not able to compete. I was following the doctor’s directions. I had to wait for a long, long time just to be able to do basic things.
We talked about it so many times, but it is important for people to understand. Sometimes we have to drop titles and we have to leave the scene in order for us to heal and for us not to hurt our companions or our other athletes. Your back is very important to lift other people, to do anything.”
AEW Stars Waiting To Re-Join WWE
While Thunder Rosa is happy to be back on AEW television, two stars are waiting to go back to WWE. According to a new report, Malakai Black and Buddy Matthews will be heading back to WWE at the first opportunity.
Both stars still have ties with WWE as Matthews is engaged to Rhea Ripley and Black is married to Zelina Vega.
H/t to WrestlingNews.Co