How was AEW able to sign Thunder Rosa from NWA? The former NWA Women’s Champion contract with the promotion originally ran until the end of the year.
AEW announced the signing of Thunder Rosa earlier in the day. While she has performed with the promotion before, she has now officially signed with them on her 35th birthday. Rosa had previously spoken of her contract with the NWA, stating that it ran through the end of this year.
She had also expressed her excitement over her free agency in 2022. It was implied that her next desitination would have been AEW. However, the move has come much quicker than most anticipated. But how did AEW manage to acquire her?
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 22, 2021
— Thunder Rosa (@thunderrosa22) July 22, 2021
How was AEW able to sign Thunder Rosa from NWA?
According to Fightful Select, AEW brought out Rosa’s contract from NWA. There’s no word yet on specifics of the buyout or exactly how much time she had left in her deal. However, a deal was struck between the two that allowed Tony Khan to buy out the remainder of her contract and bring her to AEW.
Rosa reportedly requested her NWA release as far back as 2020, but that was rejected at the time.
The report also added that Tony Khan is being very careful to not get caught tampering with contracts. It also noted that Khan and NWA owner Billy Corgan have been working with each other directly.
“Tony Khan in particular is very careful about not contract tampering, and wanted to play by the book on the situation. We’ve noted in the past that Tony Khan and Billy Corgan often work together directly.”
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