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AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa recently spoke with TV Insider about the Forbidden Door, her title reign, and former WWE Superstar Paige.

While speaking about Paige, Rosa said that she has so much experience, and if she came to AEW, everybody would benefit from it.

“She has so much experience,” praised Rosa. “She has been wrestling since a young girl. I met her mother a few years ago at an independent show. She is a wrestler’s wrestler. She would bring something different to the women’s division as a wrestler or even if we needed a general manager. If she came to our door, I think everybody will benefit from it. If anyone comes to wrestle me. I’m open to any challenge. Whoever wants a piece of me, you know where to find me. If not, I’ll send you my number right now.”

WWE decided not to renew Paige’s contract when it expires in July. Paige last competed inside of a WWE ring at a live event on December 27, 2017, where she suffered an injury in a six-woman tag match. Paige would then officially announce her in-ring retirement, on the April 18, 2018 episode of “SmackDown.”

During her in-ring tournament, Paige had assumed several roles for the WWE including being the General Manager of “SmackDown” and the manager of the Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane).

AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa spoke with Sportskeeda this week.

As noted, on Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and killed at least 19 children and two adults. Several wrestlers including Cody Rhodes and Jordynne Grace had reacted to the tragedy.

During the interview, Rosa revealed that she will be auctioning off her Double Or Nothing ring gear to help families, who lost their children in the Texas school shooting.

“This Sunday, I will be remembering the beautiful souls that just passed away, murdered, at school in Uvalde Texas,” announced Rosa. “I actually want to auction the gear that I’m wearing to help families with funeral services for the kids.”

Rosa is set to defend the AEW Women’s Title against Serena Deeb at AEW Double Or Nothing on Sunday, May 29.

AEW Double Or Nothing will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will air on B/R and traditional PPV providers in the US and on FITE TV for international audiences.

Serena Deeb will challenge for Thunder Rosa’s AEW Women’s World Championship at Double Or Nothing 2022.

The match was confirmed on last week’s episode of Dynamite. Deeb, who recently ascended to number one in AEW’s women’s division rankings, was called out by Rosa, who said Serena once inspired her to become the best version of herself. Initially respectful, Deeb then stated that holding the Women’s Title merely suggested that Rosa was the division’s best in class. For AEW’s scene to truly ascend, that strap needs to be around the waist of its best wrestler – herself.

Deeb vs. Rosa was then set for Double Or Nothing, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday 29 May.

This will be Rosa’s second defence since taking the title from Britt Baker on 16 March, having defeated former champion Nyla Rose at Battle Of The Belts II on 15 April.

During the most recent MackMania Podcast, AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa spoke about Tony Khan.

Rosa made it clear the AEW President is always willing to listen to talent and stated that she trusts his vision.

“He listens, and when you make sense, he will listen to what you have to say,” she said. “Sometimes I feel people might think, ‘why is he doing that?’ And I see that a lot on the internet, you guys have to believe in his vision, it is what it is. That’s one of the things that I have learned about him. Everything that he’s done from when I first started to now, I left it up to him.

“The build-up on the Light’s-Out match, and now, to having the match in San Antonio, that was great. I never went in and said, ‘no, I want to do this,’ it was, ‘I see your vision, and I’m going to make sure what you see is what you’re going to get.’ That’s what I said, and I made sure that I did everything in my power to do that, and I will continue to do that as a champion.”

Thunder Rosa also discussed what her dream match in professional wrestling is. For her, that would be getting the chance to work against Sarita. The AEW star deems her as a remarkable talent and believes they have a lot of similarities.

“She is in Mexico currently, and she is an inspiration for me to start becoming a professional wrestler, Sarita, or Sarah Stock. She was a trainer,” Rosa added. “I am working on some stuff, be patient. She is just one of the most talented female wrestlers I have ever seen. Her style is just remarkable, she worked in Mexico for so long, and she worked in America.

“She reminded me a lot of me, she went made a career in Mexico where she learned Spanish, she learned the trade over there, and she was a superstar in CMLL. It’s like me, I moved from Mexico to America, I learned American, all that stuff, and I became a star in the United States. I learned the language, too. There are so many similarities, and I have a lot of respect for her.”

When it comes to talent on the AEW roster, Toni Storm and Marina Shafir catch her eye. While she would also like to see some Japanese wrestlers be brought in to compete against.

“There’s a lot of new talent in AEW I haven’t wrestled, Toni Storm,” she said. “Marina Shafir, I think that would be really technical in the ring. I never wrestled Toni, so that would be really, really cool. Hopefully, they can bring some Japanese talent that I have not wrestled yet.”

AEW star Anna Jay sat down with FITE TV’s Women’s Wrestling Talk to talk about her current run in the AEW Women’s Division. While talking about the addition of the AEW TBS Championship to the division, Anna Jay revealed her hope that some day soon there would be AEW Women’s Tag Team Championships added as well.

“I definitely think so,” Jay said. “We definitely didn’t think it would happen anytime soon, which, you never know. It was cool to get the secondary women’s title. So I think now, if I had to guess, I feel like the next title for the women’s division should be a tag title. So, hopefully that’s the next one. I don’t know when. I think we do need to keep building and keep doing what we’re doing before that happens, but I definitely think that should happen in the near future, at some point.”

Anna Jay also discussed Thunder Rosa’s AEW Women’s World Championship victory, when she defeated Dr. Britt Baker DMD to win the title in a steel cage match. Jay said she was very happy for Rosa, while also pointing out that it was every women’s goal to eventually hold the AEW Women’s World Title.

“I think that every woman’s goal in the locker room is to hopefully one day be champion,” Jay said. “So of course, that’s my goal. But I also know that I am still new and I’m still working towards that. To see her win though was such a cool moment, such a cool moment for all the girls. It’s cool to see the division grow, and it growing means new champions and I feel like that was in the works for a while.

“Their storyline was building and building, so it’s really cool, and that’s my favorite part of wrestling, is storylines. So to see its payoff was honestly an incredible moment, and I think everyone’s super happy for her. She’s a hard worker and does a lot of things and wrestling is one for them and one of her passions. So it was a cool moment for everyone. I’m super happy for her, and yes, one day, that will be me. But I’m being patient.”

Another question Anna Jay was asked was what her favorite AEW moment was to this point in time. She revealed it was her choking out former AEW performer Brandi Rhodes on a special Saturday night episode of AEW Dynamite back in August of 2020.

“Probably choking out Brandi,” Jay said. “That whole segment and me coming into the Dark Order. I would definitely say that just because that’s now made, you know, where I am now. Even with the Dark Order and like, how they become such good friends in my life too in real life. So I would start that because it was, you know, obviously, it was on screen but also in the back, like, I really did gain brothers and stuff.”

AEW Owner and President, Tony Khan, joined SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio to recap Wednesday night’s St. Patrick’s Day Slam episode of Dynamite.

At the event, Thunder Rosa, in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, captured the AEW Women’s World Championship by defeating Dr Britt Baker, D.M.D in a Steel Cage Match. Tony expressed his delight at the match and said it was a fitting moment for the Mexican-American wrestler.

“It was incredible,” Khan said. “I thought it was very fitting that one year after the original St. Patrick’s Day Slam, which won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match of the Year, and Dave [LeGreca], I know you spoke about it as your pick for Match of the Year also last year. To come back this year at St. Partick’s Day Slam with a Steel Cage Match in Thunder Rosa’s hometown San Antonio, I thought it was such an incredible way for Thunder Rosa to win the championship for the first time.

“It was a great milestone to have the first Mexican-American women’s World Champion ever in AEW, in Thunder Rosa, crowned in her hometown. I thought it was so cool. The entrance was her idea with the mariachi band. She asked me about it after the pay-per-view, I thought it was awesome and I was just really excited about this match, and I thought it was such a great way to thank the fans, and it was a great way for AEW to come to San Antonio.”

Tony Khan also noted that the St. Patrick’s Day Slam has become a special part of the AEW calendar, and disclosed more viewers tuned in compared to last year.

“I also thought it was so perfect to be able to schedule the St. Patrick’s Day Slam, and book such an awesome venue as the Freeman Coliseum,” Tony said. “It’s a great wrestling building, and we ended up having an awesome sell-out crowd. So, it was an awesome moment for Thunder Rosa, and I just thought it would be a great chance to create a special moment for the wrestling fans too.

“It was a very memorable end to Dynamite, and I think we’ve really built the St. Patrick’s Day Slam now into a special event. The viewership was way up from last year, so I was really happy, there were over 200,000 more people watching it live, just in America alone.”

Despite Dr Britt Baker, D.M.D‘s 290-day reign as AEW Women’s World Champion coming to an end, the AEW President had much praise for her title reign overall.

“I think the other thing, in addition to celebrating what a win it was for Thunder Rosa the new champion, is, to talk about what an amazing champion Britt Baker was, I think for almost ten months as the champ,” Tony Khan said. “She had so many great defences. Some of the biggest shows we’ve had were main-evented by Britt Baker defending the World Title. Like, the AEW Grand Slam, which is still the biggest TV show we’ve really done since we went back on tour. And the first-ever Battle of the Belts. The first-ever episode of AEW Rampage in her hometown beating Red Velvet.

“So many special moments, of course, the original St. Patrick’s Day Slam a year ago was a great match, but it wasn’t a sanctioned match and Britt went on not long after to win the championship, and it was one of the best title reigns we’ve had in our three-year history.”

Thunder Rosa dethroned Dr. Britt Baker DMD in a bloody, brutal steel cage match Wednesday night to capture the AEW Women’s World Championship.

Fighting in her adopted hometown of San Antonio, Texas, Rosa finally had a fair fight thanks to the cage, which kept Baker’s underlings Jamie Hayter and Rebel out of the action. The challenger wasted little time in gaining the upper hand and using the cage to bloody the champ, but Britt managed to come back and used steel chairs to really take control.

The two battered each other throughout the match, with Rosa sneaking in a Stunner on 3.16 in a nice touch.

Baker also brought thumbtacks into the match, but it largely backfired as she was powerbombed into them and then dropped on the tacks with a Fire Thunder Driver for the pin.

The match harkened back to their highly acclaimed Unsanctioned Lights Out match one year earlier that saw Rosa topple Baker, but it didn’t count, and Britt never let her forget it. Rosa managed to claw her way to a title shot at AEW Revolution earlier this month, but the dentist’s cohorts ran interference for her, allowing Britt to retain the title.

For Rosa, this is a crowning achievement, having wrestled for AEW since August 2020, but not signing a full AEW contract until July 2021. Congratulations to the new AEW Women’s World Champion!

Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa will contest the AEW Women’s World Championship on next week’s special St. Patrick’s Day Slam episode of Dynamite.

This was confirmed on last night’s show. Rosa defeated fellow top contender Leyla Hirsch on the night, putting her away after overcoming a targeted assault on her arm and shoulder. Following this, Tony Schiavone got on the microphone, letting Rosa know she would challenge the Women’s Champion inside a steel cage.

Baker unravelled a conspiracy theory in response, saying it was unfair for her to work a stipulation preventing her friends (Jamie Hayter and Rebel) from getting involved with Rosa has her San Antonio, Texas hometown crowd cheering her on.

All of this comes from Revolution 2022, where Baker retained the Women’s Title over Rosa after multiple interferences from Rebel and Hayter. That Rosa and Hirsch would fight a contendership bout on Dynamite was announced that same night.

Though Baker and Rosa are technically 2-1 in Britt’s favour in their singles rivalry, the challenger’s victory doesn’t go towards official records, as it took place in the duo’s acclaimed Unsanctioned Lights Out match at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Slam. It now appears that AEW is fixing to have Rosa claim the belt on the same show 12 months later.

All Elite Wrestling’s Thunder Rosa was legitimately injured on this week’s episode of Dynamite, picking up an undisclosed knock ahead of Sunday’s Revolution 2022 pay-per-view.

This is according to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Rosa is still scheduled to wrestler her planned match with long-term rival and AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker on Sunday, however.

There is currently no word on what kind of injury Rosa suffered on Wednesday, nor of its severity. That she will seemingly be able to compete at Revolution suggests it isn’t too bad, though the situation could change between now and then.

Rosa teamed with Mercedes Martinez to face Baker and Jamie Hayter on Dynamite. That match ended with Martinez leaping off the apron to wipe Hayter and Rebel out, meaning Rosa was left to finish Baker off with a Fire Thunder Driver.

The last time Baker and Rosa went one on one came in March 2021, when they met in an acclaimed Unsanctioned Lights Out bout widely considered one of the most impactful AEW scraps of the year. The promotion has not attached a similar stipulation to Revolution.

Thunder Rosa doesn’t feel that AEW’s women’s division gets the respect that it deserves but she also says there’s more work that needs to be done to win over other fans.

“A lot of the women now have been really trying to establish themselves as competitors, as someone who can go with anybody,” Rosa told Throwing Down w/ Renee & Miesha. “Even then I feel like there is still a lot of criticism towards it. Everybody is working really hard to make the division better and we’re definitely getting a lot more veterans into our division. It’s making things a lot easier for a lot of the younger talent to learn from them.

“That’s the most important part about the talent, is that they’re willing and want to learn from veterans,” Rosa continued. “Because we can say, ‘Yeah we’re good, etc., etc., etc.’ But when it comes to throwing the punches and performing, we underperform too. So we have to be mindful and open with that.”

Thunder Rosa says the women’s locker room in AEW is growing stronger, specifically mentioning some veterans who have recently wrestled in some big matches.

“I think a lot of people don’t give a lot of respect or credit to Allie, ‘The Bunny’,” Rosa said. “She’s been in the business for a long, long time and I’ve seen her progression in the last three years. Like this year, or 2021, I could see her, that she was more confident, that she’s one of the ones that has a lot more experience on TV and I think again, after that street fight, she gained more respect in the business.

“But she’s one of them, she’s always very positive in the back and she’s always willing to work. Serena [Deeb] is another one. If you have any questions, like, she’s more than welcome to help you with transitions or ideas of that sort.”

The Bunny recently tagged with Penelope Ford in a bloody street fight on a recent episode of AEW Rampage. Serena Deeb has recently been in a high-profile rivalry with Hikaru Shida. Thunder Rosa also mentioned Vickie Guerrero and Mercedes Martinez, who recently joined AEW, as positive influences in AEW’s women’s locker room.

“[Vickie Guerrero] knows a lot about the business,” Rosa explained. “I like sitting with her and talking to her. So that’s a lot of fun. Now we have Mercedes Martinez, who now feuding for a while, so this is going to be very interesting. Every time I’m in the ring with her I learn so much. I love it, she’s really good. And I’m like, I consider myself one of the vets too since I’ve been working for TV for like six years now. So every time I’m there if I can offer something in the ring, I’m always willing to do that.”