Thunder Rosa has finally became the face of AEW’s women’s division. Rosa defeated Dr. Britt Baker for her title in a bloody steel cage match last night on St. Patrick’s Day Slam Dynamite special. The brutal yet emotional victory came in front of Rosa’s home town crowd in San Antonio.
This wasn’t the first time the two left each other bloody and battered in the ring. Rosa faced Baker in a Lights Out Unsanctioned Anything Goes Match that ironically took place on the same special edition of Dynamite last year. Though Rosa won the match, it was the D.M.D that emerged as the star.
Rosa recently appeared on the WrestleTalk podcast to talk about the anticipation ahead of the historic lights out match. She reflected on the moment shared between her and fellow AEW star Dustin Rhodes, who also happens to be a trainer for the company’s women’s division, that made her relax ahead of the match.
“It was really hard, doubt starts trickling in, your mind starts playing games with you, telling you you’re not good enough, you’re not gonna make it.
“At that moment in my career, I was in very particular thing with NWA and AEW, I was afraid of being hurt, severely hurt, because I had never done freaking hardcore match in my life, and so I had to turn it up a notch a little bit more and again it was just like we had a lot at stake.
“Something like this had never been done before in mainstream (wrestling), not in professional wrestling – there’s been a lot of deathmatches before, women who have done deathmatches and crazy stuff – but never in mainstream, so it was really huge, and I was feeling a certain type of way, but in the end I have those that are always in my ear, who cheer me up, which is my husband of course, and Dustin Rhodes.
“Dustin was right there, kissed me on the forehead and he’s like, ‘Melissa you are destined for greatness, you cannot be questioning yourself and what’s about to happen to today, you’re about to change, you guys are about to change stuff for the rest of history’, and I was like, ‘Okay!’”
Rosa pinned Bake after hitting her with her Fire Thunder Driver finisher on the thumbtacks. An emotional Rosa was then comforted and appreciated by Rhodes inside the ring. Check out the closing moments of the match below:
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