Thunder Rosa is finally making tangible progress toward a return to the ring.
The AEW star has been out of action for almost a year, but there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. Rosa has been incredibly cautious in the past when discussing her future, speaking in terms of “if” a return to the ring could happen and not when.
However, speaking in a new interview with Chris Mueller for Bleacher Report, Rosa was much more upbeat and revealed she’s able to train without pain.
“It’s been a long road, I will say. From the beginning, there was a lot of speculation about my injury. But I was always very clear and very honest about what was happening to me. Everything has been documented on my YouTube. It was physical and mental, all this rehab that I’ve been receiving. Some days were really positive, some other days were not as positive, but that’s part of the recovery part of having an injury such as the one that I still have.
Lately, there’s been more of a bright light on it, because as my MRI read, I don’t have the tears in my back anymore. Now I’m able to train without pain, with compound training, as well as I’ve been jumping in the ring in the last three weeks. So, I’m excited about the advancements that we have, and now I’m excited about the possibility of returning to the ring. Again, it’s just been giving me a perspective about the opportunity to wrestle, because it’s a privilege if I get to come back,”
The former AEW Women’s Champion added that while she’s excited to get back in the ring, she won’t be rushing to return until she’s confident she’s 100%.
“It’s been almost a year since I stepped in the ring last in AEW. So it will be amazing if I get that opportunity and to have another match, or more matches, in the future. Like I said, I’m very hopeful. I stepped in the ring last Tuesday. I actually took my son with me to help do cardio. I’m training, I have a doctor who’s a professional trainer for athletes in San Antonio, and I have another physiotherapist I work with when I was doing MMA and professional wrestling. So, they’re helping me to get to the best physically as possible.
I’m not talking about ‘Oh, I’m gonna come back with a six-pack’ and everything. I have to come back healthy. In the ring, what we do, it’s extremely dangerous. I always pray for my opponent and pray for me to come back the same way that we come in, and sometimes we don’t. So I’m praying that this time will be positive.”
When Did Thunder Rosa Get Injured?
On August 24th, 2022, Thunder Rosa revealed that she would be unable to defend her Women’s Title against Toni Storm at All Out, and she hasn’t wrestled for the company since. At the time there was a great deal of speculation around whether the injury was real, while there were also reports that Rosa had fallen out with members of the locker room and had major heat with Britt Baker.
It’s been reported that “fences still need to be mended” between Thunder Rosa and the AEW locker room.