Thunder Rosa spoke about her back injury that has led to the introduction of an interim women’s championship at All Out.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Thunder Rosa stated she learned of her injury on Tuesday and thinks she will be out for a couple of months while adding “this is not fake, this is not a work” following speculation that Thunder Rosa was avoiding losing the title at the pay-per-view.
If I could fucking walk, I can fucking work. Doctor Sampson, he didn’t clear me to wrestle. I’m not cleared to wrestle. It’s not that I don’t want to do a match on Sunday [AEW All Out], I can’t walk. It’s a shame that this is being put on social media, not only to discredit me as an athlete, but also discredit me as a wrestler. I want to walk when I’m 40. I have the right to say ‘No, I can’t walk, I can’t do it.’ I don’t want to have surgery. If we keep doing this and going through the pain, then I’m going to be out for longer. I don’t want to do that. (Transcription courtesy of Jeremy Lambert at Fightful.com)
After announcing she was injured on this week’s edition of Dynamite, a four-way match to determine the interim champion was announced for All Out involving Dr. Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter, Toni Storm, and Hikaru Shida.
Baker cut a promo after the announcement noting that she worked with a broken wrist during her entire run as AEW women’s champion, which came off as a shot at Thunder Rosa not working through her own injury.
Fightful Select has reported on the heated issues between Baker and Thunder Rosa that have existed for some time behind-the-scenes. The site added that Jamie Hayter has also had issues with Thunder Rosa stemming from Hayter suffering a broken nose recently. According to Fightful, the original plan was for Toni Storm to win the women’s title at All Out but plans for the new match are unknown.