The ending of Thunder Rosa’s AEW Women’s Title could happen soon without her competing in a match, according to recent comments from AEW’s Tony Khan.
Thunder Rosa has been the AEW Women’s World Champion since defeating Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. in a Steel Cage match on the March 16th St. Patrick’s Day Slam edition of AEW Dynamite.
During her time holding the title, Rosa was a fighting champion that took on all champions and found a way to win. However, a back injury put her out of action and AEW had to change course. Instead of stripping Rosa of the title, they chose to go with an interim champion just like they did earlier in the year when CM Punk was injured as the AEW World Champion.
At AEW All Out in September, Toni Storm defeated Baker, Jamie Hayter and Hikaru Shida to become the Interim AEW Women’s Champion. Since holding the title, Storm has said she has wanted to “stop this interim nonsense” because she’s not a fan of being called an interim champion.
AEW’s Owner/President Tony Khan talked about Rosa’s injury situation during a media conference call ahead of Saturday’s Full Gear pay-per-view where he said the company has considered taking the title off Rosa due to her injury.
“It’s something we have considered. It’s something to consider. I’m still weighing the pros and cons. Thunder Rosa’s a great wrestler, and it’s unfortunate that she’s injured. It’s kept her out a long time.
It’s not an easy situation and I try to take everything on a case-by-case basis, and am trying to give Thunder Rosa every opportunity to come back and defend the championship. But eventually, you would have to crown a lineal champion.”
It was about a week ago when Rosa said she hoped to be back soon although she did not provide a timeline for when that would be.
Looking ahead, the Interim AEW Women’s World Champion Toni Storm will defend her championship against Jamie Hayter this Saturday, November 19th at Full Gear on pay-per-view.