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"NWA Women's World Champion and TJPW International Princess Champion Thunder Rosa made an appearance on the Talk Is Jericho podcast shortly after her in-ring AEW Dynamite debut. During the show, she spoke about her AEW opportunity and her match against Hikaru Shida at All Out. Rosa discussed how her All Out match was first put together.

"Well, I was contacted by AEW first, and then they asked me about my dates. I can't work any other place because I'm signed with NWA," Rosa noted. "So, I went to the chain of command. They worked it out, and I honestly wasn't expecting it, until I got a text message and then I kind of figure it out. And then I got the phone call, and then they're like, 'you're going to be at All Out.' And I'm like, 'OK, did anybody asked me if I wanted to be at All Out? I'll do it. I don't care.' In my personal career, I always waited for people to see my talent and see what I'm all about.

"Before I start sending emails and asking, and asking, and asking, I want people to see my hard work. And then they're like, 'I think she will be great for a company, for us to work with her.' So that's what happened, and I was really happy about it."

The podcast was recorded before Rosa's loss to Shida at All Out. However, Rosa spoke on the significance of having the NWA Women's Champion come into a different promotion and challenging for that promotion's title.

"Yeah, and especially for women's wrestling. I don't think in the history of the NWA another woman has gone to another company to fight another champion," Rosa pointed out. "So, it's a precedent, and I'm all about that. I'm all about making history, making a difference in the business, and I continue to do it either by luck or just see it happen."

Rosa made her North American debut with Lucha Underground as Kobra Moon, and she compared her experience at Lucha Underground to her time in AEW. She noted that Lucha Underground had many writers telling talent what they needed to do, as opposed to AEW, where there are no writers and talent are encouraged to be creative.

"It's very chill. It's very different from all the companies that I worked before," Rosa said. "In Lucha Underground, we had like five different writers, and here, everybody's kind of like doing their own stories. [It's] not like there's a writer, here's the story, this is what you need to do, this is what you need to convey, and that's it. Here is completely different.

"So, I think here, people are encouraged to use their creativity and pitch it in and see what you can do. And I think that's a great skill for anybody to have, because if you want to do something different or you want to create your own company, you know how to book stuff, you know how to write the stories and things that will make sense for you or for the fan. So, I think that's pretty cool."

Rosa reflected on her in-ring Dynamite debut against Serena Deeb. She talked about her six-year journey to get to where she's at now.

"I'm still getting tagged on Instagram, Twitter, [and] all the stuff," Rosa stated. "It's been big, and this is what I've been wanting to do for a long time, for people to see the talent that I have and the things that I can bring to any company, because this will be my fifth company. And pretty much, I've worked everywhere except WWE. So, it feels really great."

Rosa made it clear that she is still under contract with NWA, but as NWA has not been running during the pandemic, she explained that talent are encouraged to take other bookings. She has done this not only with AEW but also on the indies with Warrior Wrestling, and her own promotion, Mission Pro Wrestling. She also talked about how she has managed during the pandemic.

"I am under contract but our contracts changed, so we're not getting as much money as we used to," Rosa revealed. "Now, we are encouraged to get more bookings outside of NWA. It hurt me, but thankfully, I am a pretty smart spender, so I don't spend a lot of money. So, I had a lot of money saved up for any emergencies like this.

"I'm not alone. My husband works, so that helps, and we haven't been hurting for money. And again, the pandemic helped me to really establish things that I wanted to work on, like the custom matches and creating my website. My website, too, like the first month, I think I sold like almost $2,000 on our website. So just the hustle was harder, and now I'm in hustle mode all the time."

Source: Thunder Rosa On How Her All Out Match Came Together, AEW Creative Differing From Other Companies - Wrestling Inc.


Big fan of Rosa much like most people on here. From the looks of this interview, I think Nick Aldis may be the only one making any kind of real money over in NWA. Good to see that she's not struggling financially though. Kind of want to find her website now to support.

Also good to hear from someone else about how fluid and free the creative process is in AEW. Dynamite always seems raw and has a type of gritty, underground feel for that very reason and it's one of the things I like most about the company.
 

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Folk should listen to this - very passionate about what she does. A proper example for a women's evolution rather than Charlotte flair and Co. She is a definite draw and Khan would be mad not to offer her cash to come away from nwa.
 

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Since AEW seems to be very pitch-driven, adding someone like Thunder Rosa to the roster full-time might turn the whole women's division around. Judging by her Talk is Jericho interview, she's very assertive and driven, so she would definitely have ideas to pitch.
 

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5 writers is still a massive improvement of having 30 writers. And LU doesn’t sound much different from AEW with Cody, Young Bucks & Omega booking, aside from the pitch drive atmosphere.

But her hustle and drive is welcome here. Khan would be mad to not try and sign her to AEW. She's one of the best wrestlers to have ever been on AEW tv thus far, and she stands out in a good way.
 

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Currently watching her on Chris Van Vliet podcast. We'll worth a watch too. People like her deserve to be successful and I have pretty much never been a fan of women's wrestling.

I think aew could use her to push women's wrestling as she is so driven. In many ways they should bump brandi and replace her with thunder rosa but clearly thats not happening. I hope jealousy doesn't prevent her coming in to aew full time.
 

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Didn't realise the name comes from the thunder row social Work home she used to work at for years. What a great back story I bet she could cut some brilliant promos from the path she has taken to get to where she is now. Also the face paint is some kind of tribute to her grandfather and those who have passed away who are important. Seemingly he passed away watch lucha underground she inspired him to watch wrestling again. She could get over huge with people I think as an inspirational character.
 

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She's excellent, isn't she?
Best in the business IMO.

the fact that they passed on her for nyla fucking rose...i mean what the fuck
She was always under contract with NWA they never passed on her. They clearly want her in AEW seeing as they have her on a per-appearance deal.

Since AEW seems to be very pitch-driven, adding someone like Thunder Rosa to the roster full-time might turn the whole women's division around. Judging by her Talk is Jericho interview, she's very assertive and driven, so she would definitely have ideas to pitch.
Thunder Rosa, Riho, Penelope Ford, Britt Baker, Shida, Ivelisse, and Diamante are all that's needed to get the division popping off honestly. And they still got Rose and Statlander to pad that. Rosa needs to lead the way though I think.
 

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the first 3 women signed by aew were britt baker, rae and nyla rose the dude. You want to tell me that Tony Fucking Khan didnt have the money to sign thunder rosa from the corpse of the nwa? thats crazy
 

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the first 3 women signed by aew were britt baker, rae and nyla rose the dude. You want to tell me that Tony Fucking Khan didnt have the money to sign thunder rosa from the corpse of the nwa? thats crazy
Well he can't just walk into NWA and rip up her contract my guy. You can't just sign people like legalities don't exist.
 

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the first 3 women signed by aew were britt baker, rae and nyla rose the dude. You want to tell me that Tony Fucking Khan didnt have the money to sign thunder rosa from the corpse of the nwa? thats crazy
Don't act like you'd even heard of Thunder Rosa in early 2019.
 

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AEW creative:"yea we know you come off like a monster in the NWA so to sell our audience that you are a big challenge to our women champ, we'll make you work a regular competitive match against another wrestler, making you look like average". Seems like a good plan. (y)
 

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Hardly looked average in the match with Serena. They both looked great in my opinion. Thunder rosa can make anyone look good even some of the aew women's roster as she is a good worker. Shida looked gassed or was no selling some of the ppv match and was carried through it by thunder rosa who looked levels above.
 
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