Thunder Rosa is one of the best in-ring female pro wrestlers to have ever stepped inside the squared circle. She improved herself in the NWA before becoming a full-time AEW star.
Rosa was pulled from AEW All Out due to a back injury. In fact, it was said that she couldn’t even walk. In the end, Toni Storm won at AEW All Out and became the Interim AEW Women’s Champion.
AEW also planned for Thunder Rosa to lose her Women’s Title at All Out, which made things all the more interesting. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer revealed some of AEW’s women’s roster believed that Rosa may have been exaggerating her back injury.
Regarding the Thunder Rosa injury, one of the issues is a lot of people in wrestling think she’s not hurt, although we are told the back injury is legit, and she stopped wrestling because of the fear she would need surgery if she kept going. As noted before, because she told of the injury hours after being told she would be dropping the title to Toni Storm on the PPV, it created a lot of conjecture about it with the Shawn Michaels in the 90s comparisons.
But the women’s side of the promotion, while not as explosive as the men this past week, did have divisive issues regarding Rosa before the injury and even more after because she didn’t drop it in the ring before taking the time off. There was a lot of division among many of the women and Rosa, basically the ones who made public comments that insinuated her injury wasn’t that bad or those who privately felt due to the timing of her saying her injury was serious and she’d need time off after being told she was dropping the title to Toni Storm.
She does really have a back injury, that much is confirmed. As noted before, it is an injury that many people would have worked with to drop the title in the ring, and a doctor would likely tell them they wouldn’t be smart working on it. So you can see the mindset of the women who have said what they have said publicly like Storm and Britt Baker and how that has led to issues here.
There is also a story around about Thunder Rosa having backstage heat, even hiding in a bathroom after accidentally injuring Jamie Hayter. Regardless, we’ll have to wait and see when Thunder Rosa comes back.
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