AEW announced on Thursday that they’ve officially signed Thunder Rosa to a full-time contract. This comes after she’s been working for the promotion for the better part of a year.
Fightful Select reported that her NWA contract ran through the year, but a buyout of the deal was orchestrated. Rosa had requested her release from the NWA as far back as 2020, but that was rejected.
It was said AEW President Tony Khan was very careful about not contract tampering, and wanted to play by the book on the situation. Originally, Khan and Billy Corgan worked out a deal for Rosa to work for AEW when NWA stopped holding shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that everything was worked out with all parties for her to get out of her NWA release on July 1st. Rosa then signed with AEW shortly after that date, but AEW waited a few weeks to announce it.
Meltzer added that Rosa got a great offer from AEW and it’s likely AEW will push her stronger now that she’s under contract full-time.