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Thunder Rosa Recalls Brock Lesnar Segment Making Fun Of Her Culture

Thunder Rosa entrance St Patrick's Day Slam

Thunder Rosa has explained why it’s important for her to represent Mexican culture positively, recalling a not so positive segment involving Brock Lesnar and Eddie Guerrero.

At AEW Dynamite St Patrick’s Day Slam Thunder Rosa defeated Britt Baker in a brutal Cage Match to win the AEW Women’s World Championship. In the process, she became the first Mexican-born woman to win a World Championship in a major United States promotion.

The match also saw Rosa and Baker headline an episode of AEW Dynamite for the second time, with Rosa getting the star treatment in her hometown of San Antonio. The proud Mexican champion being played to the ring by a Mariachi band.

Speaking on NBC Sports Boston’s Ten Count, Rosa said that she wants to be a fighting champion in the vein of former AEW World Champion Kenny Omega.

“Fighting Champion, if possible,” Rosa said. “I mean, when I defended the NWA Women’s Title during COVID times, I was defending. I think it is very important to bring something different to the table, and me as Thunder Rosa, I can’t stay still. I would love to do that. I would love to, if it’s a possibility, to take it to Japan, defend it in Japan. If there’s another possibility to go to my homeland, Mexico, I would love to defend it in Mexico.

“I think it will be really awesome. I’ve said it before, Kenny Omega was able to do that. I think there is a time for us to, as women, to be able to do something like that, you know? Be a fighting a champion, that will be my dream, honestly. I always dream to bring, especially this title, the AEW Women’s Title to many different places where they haven’t been seen.”

The match between Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa drew a mixed reaction online, with much discussion taking place over the use of blood. Addressing the reaction, Rosa explained that there will always be criticism, no matter what.

In addition, she commented on the importance of presenting women’s wrestling and Mexican culture the right way. Pointing to a segment on an episode of WWE SmackDown in 2004, where Brock Lesnar mocked Eddie Guerrero with a Mariachi band while wearing a sombrero.

“Everybody’s going to criticize no matter what,” Rosa said. “Even on Wednesday, people were criticizing. ‘Why are you guys, why? It’s so much blood. Why is it so much, why are you so violent? Why is this? Why is that?’ It’s like, people are programmed a certain way and they have been programmed for professional wrestling for decades to be a certain way because of how things have been handled before.

“I can tell you, I read about me bringing the Mariachi and I remember Brock Lesnar making fun of Eddie Guerrero with that. And that hurts because they were making fun of my culture before. And on Wednesday, I represented our culture properly; with honour and with respect. Because people were, ‘oh, Mariachi, fun. Like, let’s make fun of Mexicans.’

“It’s the same with women. People used to make fun of us all the time. We used to be the popcorn match all the time because that was how people have been programmed for so long. Not anymore. We’re working really, really hard guys. You guys can criticize us all you want, but we’re working really hard in every single company, I feel, because we’re changing things little by little.

“And I tell you, by taking that to a next level, I run a women’s promotion on purpose. So people can see we’re not a popcorn match. Every single match is a banger, you know? And I have one exhibition match and that’s a men’s match on purpose, you know? So like I said, give us time, it’s going to happen.”

Thunder Rosa made her in-ring debut back in 2014, wrestling all over the world before landing in AEW in the Summer of 2020. As well as being Women’s Champion, she also holds the distinction of being involved in the first women’s match to headline an episode of AEW Dynamite, with her acclaimed Unsanctioned Lights Out clash with Britt Baker taking top billing in March 2021.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.