In 2024, the wrestling world eagerly awaits the resurgence of Thunder Rosa, the former AEW Women's World Champion, who is poised for a triumphant comeback following a lengthy hiatus due to a debilitating back injury. Rosa's unfortunate ordeal forced her to relinquish her championship reign just before the All Out pay-per-view event in 2022.
However, the wrestling universe rejoiced as she made her much-anticipated return to the squared circle during the final episode of "AEW Collision" in December 2023. During a recent appearance on 'Busted Open Radio,' Thunder Rosa expressed her gratitude towards a fellow member of the AEW women's division who played a pivotal role in her journey back to the ring.
It was none other than Kris Statlander who extended a helping hand to Rosa as she prepared for her monumental return match. Rosa revealed that Statlander volunteered to assist her, drawing upon her own experiences with injuries to provide valuable support.
This act of camaraderie was deeply empowering for Rosa, underscoring the unity and dedication that exists within the women's division to elevate both individuals and the division as a whole.
Kris Statlander's Injury Struggles
Kris Statlander herself has faced her share of setbacks during her AEW career, grappling with multiple injuries.
In June 2020, she tore the ACL in her left leg during a match on "AEW Dynamite," which sidelined her for a grueling nine months. Another devastating blow struck in August 2022 when she tore the ACL in her right leg, extending her absence from the ring for an additional nine months.
Statlander made her long-awaited return at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view in May 2023, showcasing her resilience and determination. Thunder Rosa also commended other female talents in All Elite Wrestling who are not only delivering exceptional performances inside the ring but are actively contributing to the enhancement of the women's division.
Names like Willow Nightingale, Athena, and Julia Hart are shining examples of athletes who are not only excelling in their craft but are also dedicated to the collective goal of elevating women's wrestling. As 2024 unfolds, the wrestling community eagerly awaits Thunder Rosa's resurgence, fueled by the support of her peers and a collective commitment to raising the bar for women's wrestling in AEW.
Her remarkable journey back to the top serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit that defines professional wrestling.