Thunder Rosa announced via a backstage interview during this week's AEW Dynamite that she has suffered an injury and will be unable to defend the AEW Women's World Championship at All Out on Sept. 4. She confirmed that an interim champion will be crowned at the show and that her initial opponent, Toni Storm, will face three other competitors at the pay-per-view. Those opponents were revealed to be Dr. Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter and Hikaru Shida
Rosa won the title by beating Baker at St. Patrick's Day Slam back in March and has since defended the title six times, beating Nyla Rosa, Serena Deeb, Marina Shafir, Storm, Miyu Yamashita and Hayter. Stay tuned for more updates.
This marks the third time in company history that AEW has needed to crown an interim champion. The first came at the start of the year when Cody Rhodes had to miss a TNT Championship defense, resulting in Sammy Guevara becoming interim champion and unifying the two titles via a Ladder Match (which turned out to be Rhodes' final match in AEW).
Fast forward to June when CM Punk suffered a surgery-requiring foot injury days after winning the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing. Jon Moxley went on to become the interim champion at Forbidden Door and the two will have their unification match tonight on Dynamite.
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