Current AEW Champion Not Returning Until 2023?

5 months ago by Laura Cude

Current AEW Champion Not Returning Until 2023? AEW

The anticipated return of an injured AEW champion is not likely to happen until 2023.

AEW shared an updated poster for the upcoming Holiday Bash editions of Dynamite and Rampage that will take place on December 21st in San Antonio, TX.

AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa does not appear on the updated version, suggesting that a possible return for this year is ruled out.

Rosa won the AEW Women’s title from Dr Britt Baker in a steel cage match in March of this year. She was due to defend her title against Toni Storm at AEW All Out on September 24 but was sidelined due to a back injury.

Thunder Rosa, real name Melissa Cervantes, last wrestled during an AEW Dark: Elevation taping on August 10 in a 6-person tag match.

In place of the scheduled title defence between Rosa and Storm, a four-way match took place to crown an interim AEW Women’s World champion featuring Storm, Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter. Storm took the victory and has been the interim AEW Women’s World champion since.

Thunder Rosa recently spoke on the Busted Open podcast where she explained that she was undergoing physical therapy and non-surgical procedures.

A return date has not been signalled and Rosa indicated that she will need to complete the prescribed therapy before re-entering training for a future return.

Meanwhile, Toni Storm is desperate to get her hands on Rosa in the ring to make her championship run official, revealing the ‘interim’ tag was bothering her in a recent interview. You can read the full story right here. 

AEW President Tony Khan has confirmed that when Rosa returns, she will wrestle the Interim champion to unify the two titles.

We look forward to Thunder Rosa’s return when it is safe and she is medically cleared to do so.

AEW Holiday Bash

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