Check out the interview below, conducted by Anthony Neylon for Soundsphere x GAHY! where Rosa discusses her current AEW injury and the work she does with young people.
We started by asking Thunder Rosa to have to (temporarily) abandon it AEW Women’s World Championship and how she’s doing. She told us: “I feel better, it’s going to take a little while, but I feel positive because I have the chance to really think about my future and reflect on the past, to see what has worked. and what worked”. that works. I now have this time to reflect and rebuild.
Rosa worked as a social worker helping young people before her wrestling career took off. We asked her about that experience and how it informs her today.
“It gave me a different perspective on life and the opportunities I have. A lot of these kids were born into a situation where they had no control and were victims of their circumstances. So for me, going from social worker to wrestler, when I was quitting my old job, getting the letters from the kids (showed me) how much they hoped I was going to be successful because I had done it for them.’
“I reflect on everything that has happened over the last two years and I can tell you, whatever the difficulties, even with the situation I am in at the moment with my injury, I am blessed.”
Rosa then told us about the struggles adjusting to her injury and that she recently took a break from social media.
“When you learn that you won’t be able to do something that if your life, it gives you so much uncertainty. But to get some of the messages from fans who’ve been following me since before I was a wrestler telling me that they believe in me, that I’m going to come back stronger, and that I’ve inspired them, it’s amazing.
“I still see myself as the girl from Tijuana who grew up in a small house, I still see myself as that girl. Knowing that people are looking up my name and seeing who I am is magic.
Speaking about AEW 2022 All out pay-per-view, Thunder Rose reflected on the previous 2021 event and how it was a game-changer for her.
‘All Out (2021) was the biggest opportunity of my career. I had doubts in my mind and had to call a few people just to remind me why I was there.
We asked Rosa about her decision to leave a stable job, and the one she loved, to become a full-time professional wrestler.
She said: “I was renting and living in a dining room with my husband when he said, ‘I think it’s time for you to focus on wrestling, I think you can do this. So I jumped, that’s what I did.
Rosa talked about her support network and how it helped her succeed. She said, “Having such a supportive group of people right behind me was very important, but you also have to sacrifice everything to get what you want.”
Thunder Rosa considered becoming a referee when she went through a “dry spell” when it came to bookings and needed more work. However, when a canceled flight kept her from attending her first show as a referee, Rosa turned her attention to MMA.
“I was already training for it, I was already planning to become a professional fighter.” But after a conversation with her husband, Rosa decided not to give up on her dream of becoming a full-time professional wrestler.
We wanted to talk to Thunder Rosa about Mission Pro Fight an all-female wrestling promotion that aims to give female wrestlers a platform that usually cannot show off their wrestling skills.
‘[Mission Pro Wrestling] just got off the ground, it’s premise is just to give a platform to female wrestlers who aren’t as popular, or haven’t had a chance to really grow and do something in a place where they feel safe.
“There was a group of us during the Speaking Out movement who shared stories with ourselves because we didn’t feel comfortable sharing them. [elsewhere].’
“We talked about some people who came out and said ‘has this happened to you? “Yeah, that happened to me too, and that guy?” There was a lot of that and I was like, why don’t we run our own business?
She continued, “Why do we let men decide what we can do?” About how we wrestle and how we look? What if we did something like this? We were challenging the establishment a bit, when were women able to run something like this and it felt so communal.
“We have our three year anniversary show on September 17, 2022 and have talked about how special it has been. A lot of women who came to our shows once or twice were then signed by different places, and now they are champions there, traveling all over the world and it’s beautiful to see them grow.
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We reflected on the fact that Thunder Rosa went from a social worker to a wrestler, to a wrestler social worker and asked her how she felt about that observation.
Thunder Rosa told us: ‘I think there are certain things that are meant for you that have to happen in your life, it’s just a matter of timing. For me it was also about timing, it was when I went to a wrestling show and fell in love and decided to challenge myself.
She continued, “It’s like when you meet the love of your life, her timing. You happen to be at the gym or the beach and you close your eyes, and that’s it. It was the same with me and pro wrestling, it was timing.
Watch the full interview with Thunder Rosa below: