Thunder Rosa Reveals When She Wanted To Drop AEW Women’s Title
Thunder Rosa has been out of action since August 2022 with a serious back injury and as a result of her not being able to defend the AEW Women’s Championship at All Out, an interim champion was crowned.
However, speaking on Busted Open Radio, Thunder Rosa revealed that rather than crowning an interim champion, she wanted to vacate her title right away:
“First and foremost, I want to make sure people understand, at the beginning of this drama, everyone was speculating that I wasn’t hurt. It was proven that I was hurt. There are MRIs, they talked to my doctor, I had multiple epidurals, and I’m still not cleared. I had another MRI last week and the pain is still there.
“For me, personally, I wanted to drop the title the day that I couldn’t wrestle because they told me I was going to be out for four to six weeks. My boss [Tony Khan] made the decision and said, ‘you’re going to be the champion and we’re going to have an interim champion.’ For me, as a competitor, I wanted to make it fair so my peers had an opportunity to defend the championship because it wasn’t fair that I wasn’t there, I wasn’t going to be there, and I was going to hold the title.”
Thunder Rosa then addressed the questions posed by Britt Baker surrounding why La Mera Mera didn’t show up to work when others have while being injured, and for Rosa, it’s simply a case that she wasn’t booked:
“The problem comes, and this has been the question raised about me not showing up; I wasn’t booked to go there. When I got the news that I wasn’t going to keep the title, it caught me by surprise. ‘Today is the day, okay.’ I wasn’t able to go. I wasn’t able to get in the ring and say, ‘Guys. Unfortunately, we made the decision, here is the title, thank you for the opportunity to let me represent.’ That opportunity wasn’t given to me. That’s pretty much it.”
Thunder Rosa then stated that she wants the focus to shift from her to the AEW women’s division although when she’s healed she still wants to get her hands on Baker:
“I want to make sure we focus on the women’s division now. I’m not there in the ring. I’m not a superhero to be able to get in the ring. We have to respect the people that are now representing the company. I have talked to the locker room. I took accountability for the things that some people had issues with me, and I went out there and apologized.
“That’s the best thing I can do. I want to make money. I want to make sure I can work with everyone, regardless if we have any issues or not. At the end of the day, I’m booked to wrestle, unfortunately, I can’t wrestle right now. I’m human, I don’t pretend to be a superhuman. I’m not here to be a martyr and I don’t want to be a victim.
“Right now, there is no storyline between Britt Baker and I. God as my witness, every morning and every night, I pray to God that there is one thing I want to do and one thing only. Not to get the championship, but to settle this in the ring, for once and all, and wrestle Britt Baker and show the world what a real professional wrestler is.”