Former AEW Women’s World champion Thunder Rosa has been out of action since August of 2022.
Much has happened in the time Rosa’s been out. She’s been at the center of some AEW behind-the-scenes drama, apologized for her role in said drama, said some things that made it sound like the back injury she was dealing with could force her to retire from the ring, taken on a non-wrestling role for the company, and been publicly cleared to wrestle by AEW’s Dr. Michael Sampson. And that’s just the stuff specific to the 37 year old from Tijuana. We don’t have time to list all the things that have gone on around AEW.
Rosa’s name has been coming up this week because, with the company headed to San Antonio for Collision on Dec. 23, she’s been doing media in the South Texas city. In at least a couple of her interviews, Rosa’s been asked when she’ll be return to television as a wrestler. She told News 4 last week that she’s “ready” whenever Tony Khan tells her “‘It’s time for you to return.’” Speaking to San Antonio Express, Rosa appealed to a higher power:
“There was a hope in me that maybe I can do it in Oakland [Rosa went to UC Berkley and worked as a social worker in the Bay Area before and while starting her wrestling career] ... But it’s in God’s hands right now. If it’s in God’s hands that I return on December 23, which tickets are available at aewtix.com... I think that would be such a blessing.
“I would be doing it again in front of my people. People that have seen me, people that have been with me throughout this whole entire journey, and the good and the bad moments. And what a better way to just repay them with a happy moment. At the end of the day I return, and life has given you another opportunity to do something you love — is jsut such a blessing.”
Women’s wrestling has infamously never gotten a ton of time on AEW television, and there’s not a lot of minutes for anything outside of the Continental Classic. The tournaments final round robin matches will likely be taking place on the Dec. 23 Collision, so Thunder Rosa getting a spot feels like a long shot (a post Worlds End comeback, perhaps to feud with one of AEW’s current Women’s titleholders, is probably more likely). But even if she doesn’t make it onto TV, maybe she’ll get to take a break from Spanish-language commentary to wave to the San Antonio crowd.
We’ll see what TK, or God, decides.