More about AEW’s Women’s Championship Situation

AEW officially confirmed on this week’s AEW Dynamite that Thunder Rosa had relinquished the AEW Women’s World Championship. Not only did this make Jamie Hayter the official women’s champion, but Toni Storm’s interim reign from September to November is also officially recognized as a world title reign. Rosa initially won the title at AEW Dynamite: St. Patrick’s Day Slam, but had to give it up before September All out pay-per-view. Hayter beat Storm for the gold at Full Gear last weekend thanks to heavy interference from Dr. Britt Baker and Rebel.

Tony Khan was asked last week about the interim situation in the championship Full equipment. He explained at the time: “Thunder Rosa is a great wrestler, and it’s a shame she’s injured. It’s kept her out for a long time. It’s not an easy situation,” Khan added, “and I try everything on a case-by-case basis on-case basis, and I’m trying to give Thunder Rosa every chance to come back and defend the championship. But at the end of the day, you should be crowning a straight-line champion.”

Dave Meltzer then gave more details Wrestling Observer radio, explaining how Rosa’s injury kept her out of action for much longer than expected. He said (h/t WrestleTalk), “The deal with Rosa was that if she went down, she would lose the title at that pay-per-view (All Out) to Toni Storm. They were expecting her back in November/December, in that time frame, and I think the feeling was because of what happened with Punk where they gave him a few months to be consistent they should do the same thing here now it looks like February so now I think they February say too long.”

Rosa responded to the news by tweeting Wednesday night, “Thanks #ThunderArmy for all the support and @aew for being there for me. Dreamlike moments happened on this run, and this is not how I wanted to lose the championship, but you deserve a present champion; on to the next chapter.”

AEW is rounding out its 2022 event schedule with the Winter is Coming special on December 14 in Garland, Texas. So far, two matches have been confirmed for the show: AEW World Champion MJF vs. Ricky Starks and Death Triangle vs. The Elite as part of the Best of Seven Series.

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