Thunder Rosa surprised AEW fans last night (Aug. 24) on Dynamite when she revealed that she is injured and currently unable to defend the AEW women’s world championship. As a result, an interim champion will be crowned on Sept. 4’s All Out pay-per-view in a four-way match between Hikaru Shida, Toni Storm, Britt Baker, and Jamie Hayter.
Earlier today, Rosa thanked fans for their support and said she’ll be back soon.
I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the #ThunderArmy and the Wrestling Community for the outpour of support and well wishes after my announcement on #AEWDynamite. I will heal and come back soon; your still @AEW Women's World Champion.— Thunder Rosa (@thunderrosa22) August 25, 2022
So what exactly is the specific injury that Rosa is dealing with? PW Insider offered the following update:
“...the nature of Thunder Rosa’s injury is a disc issue in her back. We are told it was something she has been trying to work through of late. There’s no word on a timetable for her return.”
There have been rumors of backstage heat between Thunder Rosa and Jamie Hayter following Hayter suffering a broken nose in a match against Rosa at Battle of the Belts III earlier this month. This has led to speculation that Rosa’s abrupt injury announcement is a cover for something else, perhaps a suspension. Insider makes it clear that this is not the case; Rosa is legitimately injured and the plans for All Out have changed as a result.
Later in the day, Rosa’s Twitter account then notified everyone that she has taken herself off social media:
Thunder Rosa is off social media, we ask you to respect her privacy. For any business inquiries please contact me @TonyStAllen. if any tweets are not on the Thunder Rosa voice there will be signed accordingly my signature is TA— Thunder Rosa (@thunderrosa22) August 25, 2022
What do you make of the latest AEW drama, Cagesiders?