Thunder Rosa has announced that she will be relinquishing the Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling International Princess Championship due to the ongoing travel restrictions between the US and Japan.
Rosa became only the fourth wrestler to hold the title, defeating Maki Ito in Tokyo, Japan back in January. She had been scheduled to defend the belt on US soil over WrestleMania week, prior to the worsening of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent limitations placed on international travel.
With no clear return date in sight, Rosa and TJPW have taken the decision to vacate the belt, with a tournament now set to decide the fifth International Princess Champion.
Rosa had the following to say:
“Unfortunately, due to the situation with Corona, it seems difficult to return to Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling this year. I will not be able to defend my International Princess Wrestling, so I will return this title. But I’ll say this clearly. I will participate in Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling again. I’m not just going back to see everyone. I’m going back to challenge for that title again. So when Corona calms down, Thunder Rosa Rosa will be back at Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling. That belt is mine, so I’m going to get it back. “
In a written statement, TJPW noted that the goal of the title had been to encourage challengers from across the globe, whilst providing further competition in the domestic singles division.
With a dearth of international challengers able to get to Japan, the focus of the tournament will be on Japanese competitors, which will feature eight wrestlers to be confirmed.
Both the tournament’s semi-finals and finals will take place at TJPW’s Wrestle Princess show on November 7th.
.@thunderrosa22 will be relinquishing her International Princess Championship due to her inability to travel to Japan given the social situation.
— 東京女子プロレス (@tjpw2013) October 7, 2020