Thunder Rosa has been part of the AEW Roster since 2020 and she has made an impact on the women’s division.
Rosa has had several matches with Britt Baker thorough 2021 into 2022 which became one of the best women’s rivalries in AEW history. Thunder Rosa was set to defend her AEW Women’s Championship during All Out weekend this year. But unfortunately, she had to surrender her championship due to an injury.
But there is more to Thunder Rosa than her wrestling. She is active in her communities and she has a huge reach in the latino demographic. We recently spoke with the AEW Superstar about all of this in our exclusive interview.
The Knockturnal: When did you find out that you were not able to compete at All Out?
TR:”I really can’t pinpoint it, honestly, but I know my back was hurting for a couple weeks. And then the announcement was made on Wednesday (8/29) that I was unable to compete. So because I just literally got the news last week that I was hurt. But it was more serious than that. And I was encouraged to go and do the MRI to make sure to rule out any bad stuff. I did it and I got the news and I was very shocked to announce that I was actually lhurt. So now I’m trying to focus on getting better and it makes me sad because this is the first All Out that I miss.I mean, I’ve been to the last two All Outs and and there’s always been amazing moments and just being in a big show that’s so special because that’s where everything started at with AEW And that was a humongous opportunity. I say sometimes you are an athlete little things can really become big things until you get diagnosed with certain stuff. And I’m really blessed. I know God had me under his wing because I didn’t need to have surgery.”
The Knockturnal You have a great reach in the Latino demographic. How much does this mean to you?
TR: “It’s very special because I wanted to portray when I became mainstream was me and my culture and how proud I am to be who I am to come where I come from. Other guys and girls that are not Latinos, they feel like a piece of Thunder Rosa that means something to them. For a person to be accepted into a new culture, they have to leave behind things they know and assimilate into that culture. I feel amazing about being able to bring color, flavor, loudness, everything that comes with being a Latina, and getting accepted because for so long, so many different companies weren’t willing to work with me. They wanted something else. And now I’m able to bring that in and just have people saying that they identify with it, it’s super awesome.”
The Knockturnal: With AEW’s roster being very diverse, what are your thoughts on why representation matters?
TR: “It is very important to to show representation and to show that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can achieve your goals. And that goes into any aspect of life. Let’s say that somebody wants to be an astronaut and then they see a person of color that is an astronaut and they are inspired by the person of color. As they saw someone like them in this world making a difference, this will push them to become a part of that when they grow up.It’s a bit far-fetched, but I’m talking about women who would not have imagined themselves as athletes otherwise. Despite the fact that they are trying something new, they are pushing themselves and they are representing themselves, and that, to me, is so important because after all, no matter what you put in the ring, it’s about how you treat people and how you make them feel outside the ring. That’s what they’re going to remember all the time. It’s very powerful if you are able to inspire someone or influence them to change their mind about things, about perspective, about life.”
The Knockturnal: Do you have interests outside of the ring?
TR: “I love singing. I been working on taking classes for singing. Last month, I began taking it on again. Since last month, I’ve been working on a song. My next project is to record it in a studio. Since this is Mexican regional music, which is what I’m mostly working on, I would love to share my culture with others, and the lyrics are very important to me because I’ve had a lot of struggles in my life, such as misunderstanding people and the fact that, no matter what, you have to be positive. I also have someone who coaches me too. So it is really cool that you can find somebody that is super positive too, and is pushing you to to really express yourself in such a different way. So I’m working also on writing some songs, and then we’ll find the music for it, which is like a different level of being an artist. It’s something I’ve never done before. So it’s going to be a very interesting thing, and I’m working on other things as well. I am very active in my community and am very dedicated to helping women, children, and educational groups, but I am also more interested in writing a book. With my brother, I’d like to write a children’s book and discuss different things. Throughout my career, I look forward to being able to share a lot more things I’m excited about.”