Former AEW Women's World Champion Thunder Rosa remains in the spotlight despite being sidelined by a back injury. She maintains her presence through the "AEW All Access" reality show that airs after "Dynamite" on Wednesday nights and her regular spot as Friday co-host of SiriusXM's "Busted Open." During her recent appearance, she explored the history of women's wrestling, discussing figures she considers to be trailblazers or historically significant, even if their impact is only sometimes positive.
Thunder Rosa touched upon the controversial careers of some influential women in wrestling. "There are a couple of them that have been so controversial...they did some stuff that they were not supposed to, and many people got hurt," she explained.
"One of them many people don't want to discuss is the Fabulous Moolah. She and her husband [Buddy Lee] had their girls; they toured with the girls. There's a lot of controversy around them. But she and Mildred Burke were [among] the few who trained the girls, had their girls going different places, and both held the NWA Women's Championship, and both had a way to do business with these females.
The things that they did were not the best." Rosa emphasized the importance of acknowledging both women's histories so that past mistakes are not repeated. She did not, however, specify the negative actions she attributed to Burke, leaving Moolah's well-documented history of alleged s*xual and financial exploitation of her students as the primary point of reference.
Modern Trailblazers in Women's Wrestling
Moving on to more recent female wrestling trailblazers, Rosa mentioned Madusa, Trish Stratus, Lita, and Jazz. She highlighted Madusa's journey, saying, "[Madusa] is one of those people who came into wrestling where the only thing [in it for her] was to get all that anger out and do the best [at being] an athlete since she was not able to do that when she was younger." Rosa also acknowledged Madusa's fame in Japan and her success in the monster truck world.
By reflecting on the history of women's wrestling, Thunder Rosa emphasizes the importance of recognizing the contributions of trailblazing women in the sport. Their positive and negative accomplishments are lessons for the next generation of female wrestlers.
As the industry continues to evolve, it's essential to appreciate these pioneers' impact on the present-day landscape of women's wrestling.