Thunder Rosa relinquishes AEW Women’s Championship, Toni Storm’s title reign retroactively changed

Jamie Hayter’s reign as Interim AEW Women’s Champion began last weekend at Full Gear after Hayter defeated Toni Storm to become the new Champion, but fans were still frustrated with the Interim aspect of that equation. Storm’s entire run has been as Interim Women’s Champion after Rosa was injured, but that won’t be the case for Hayter, as Renee Paquette revealed on tonight’s Dynamite that Rosa has relinquished the AEW Women’s Championship, making Hayter the new Undisputed AEW Women’s Champion is. Rosa also spoke about giving up the title on social media, and you can find her statement below.

In the tweet, Rosa wrote: “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 gift champ; on to the next chapter.”

The last major update on Rosa’s return from injury was in an interview on Busted Open Radio where she said she was hoping for a return in January. She also addressed Storm’s recent comments about the interim title, and Rosa would say that if Tony Khan told her to give it up, she would, but if not, she would defend it when she came back.

“I’m still hurt. They haven’t given me time yet when I come back. I say it’s January and I hope it’s January,” Rosa said. “And again, if Toni Storm doesn’t agree with what’s been decided in the back, it’s not my problem. If I get better, I’ll still be the champion if my boss lets me be the champion. If he doesn’t, shall I do it.” I think that decision is okay too, because I don’t make the rules and that needs to be said.”

Hayter would take down Storm at Full Gear after riding a wave of momentum with the fan base over the past year. Hayter and Storm had a phenomenal match and Hayter would start another title reign. Later in tonight’s episode, Excalibur also announced that Storm’s run will have the Interim tag removed and count as an official and full AEW Women’s Championship run, which is welcome news.

What do you think of AEW’s decision? Let us know in the comments or as always discuss all things wrestling with me on Twitter @MattAguilarCB!

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