Thunder Rosa Wants To Defend The AEW Women's World Title Against Athena (Ember Moon)

Thunder Rosa wants to face the former Ember Moon on the grandest stage possible.

Thunder Rosa and Athena, formerly known as Ember Moon, wrestled recently for Warrior Wrestling in one of Athena's first matches since returning to the independent scene after being released by WWE.

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Now, Thunder Rosa has named Athena as someone she would like to face for the AEW Women's World Championship, saying she had a lot of fun working with Athena the first time.

"[I want to defend against] Athena. We had a 30-minute match on the independent scene to defend the Warrior Wrestling Championship when I was champion there. We went at it. It was really fun,” Rosa tells the Battleground Podcast.

Next up for Rosa is a match against Serena Deeb at AEW Double or Nothing on Sunday, May 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rosa tells the Battleground Podcast that she believes Serena will be able to match her intensity on Sunday.

"I think she has a humongous chip on her shoulder,” Rosa said. “When was the last time, besides the NWA, that she's been champion in a major company? She's been wrestling for 17 years. If I was her, I would be in the same position because you see me, right? I've always been an outsider and even now, people still see me as an outsider. There's still some people questioning me as a champion, right? So she's like, ‘Thunder Rosa. She can say whatever she wants, but I have been wrestling for 17 years, I've been doing this, I had all this crap and I deserve respect.’ Just as much as she deserves respect, I deserve respect.

“I have worked my ass off for the last eight years, from bottom to top,” she continued. "Now that I'm on top, I'm working even harder to stay on top and to show everybody why am I the face of AEW. They can question that all they want, but when it comes down to me getting in the ring, they already know I put my face paint on and it’s a wrap, baby. It's a freakin’ wrap, and we're doing it in the fighting capital of the world, Last Vegas. There is no place better, man. No place better.”

Recently, Thunder Rosa explained the emotional significance of the year that she will be wearing on Sunday. Learn more here.

You can check out the full card for Double or Nothing here.

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