Thunder Rosa Discusses Process Of Becoming An American Citizen

No Particular Angle recently spoke to Melissa Cervantes aka Thunder Rosa, Kobra Moon, Serpiente Del Mar - and discussed a range of topics from her favorite parts of in-ring athletic performance, her experience as a speaker at her own Naturalization ceremony, why she went through the process of American citizenship, and what she wants fans to know about her.


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Thunder Rosa spoke to me about her favorite parts of the in-ring athletic performance:

“I love the ground work, the wrestling part of it, the Olympic wrestling - the things you can actually create on the ground and the other part is the acrobatics. Once, you like, really are not afraid of the ropes. All the things you can create by using them.

We discussed her experience as a speaker at her own Naturalization ceremony:

“What do I have to say? Well I have to say a lot of stuff … about becoming a citizen and how it took me 20 years for the whole process from Mexico to here waiting for my citizenship. But I also talk about how I was always goal oriented and motivated to become a better person and to help people become better people. It was an amazing experience and I want to thank office Juarez and my Brigette who interviewed me and did my test. They were nothing but amazing, they were amazed I was a wrestler, they let me bring my championship belts to the ceremony …”

Thunder Rosa on why she went through the process of becoming an American citizen:

“Before, I was a lot more politically involved in my community. That’s something I’d like to be more - not so much running for election or anything - but for voting and becoming more socially aware of some of the issues people like me, Mexican-American or people of color are facing, and it is important that I explore that part of my life because that was a very important part of my life before I became a wrestler and I want to continue to do it …”

Thunder Rosa on what she wants fans to know about her as a person and athlete:

“That I’m relentless, that I have a very unstoppable spirit. I just want to be the best that I can be and challenge myself every year. Because I think once you start getting in a way when you are comfortable, you get stale and you don’t grow and I feel in that last three years that’s some of the things I focused on so much and like having the support that I have at home has helped me even more …”


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