Rosa in March 2017
|Birth name||Melissa Cervantes|
|Born||July 22, 1986|
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
|Residence||San Antonio, Texas|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Kobra Moon|
Serpiente del Mar
|Billed height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Billed weight||119 lb (54 kg)|
|Billed from||The Graveyards of Tijuana, Mexico|
|Trained by||Dylan Drake |
Melissa Cervantes (born July 22, 1986), better known by the ring name Thunder Rosa, is a Mexican-American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist signed to National Wrestling Alliance and Women of Wrestling, and also appears in All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Cervantes made her professional wrestling debut on 2014 and worked with the Japanese promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom for a year. In 2015, she was hired by the professional wrestling-based television series Lucha Underground, where she performed as Kobra Moon, the leader of the Reptile Tribe. During her four-year stint, she won the Lucha Underground Trios Championship with Daga and Jeremiah Snake. After the show ended, she wrestled on several independent circuit promotions, signing with WOW in 2018 under the ring name Serpiente and with the NWA in 2019. Rosa is also the owner of Mission Pro Wrestling (MPW), an independent women's professional wrestling promotion.
She is also a mixed martial artist, making her debut in 2019 at Combate Americas.
Thunder Rosa made her wrestling debut in late 2014 in a battle royal at Supreme Pro Wrestling Event in Sacramento, California. She wrestled regularly throughout Northern and Southern California in 2015. On April 12, 2015 she made her debut for Stardom in Japan.
She also was added to the cast of Lucha Underground in season 2 as the leader of the Reptile Tribe, Kobra Moon. She was nominated for the 2015 Southern California Rookie of the Year Award, and finished second to Douglas James.
In 2016 she once again returned to Lucha Underground for the show's third season, and returned to Stardom to take part in the promotion's Goddess of Stardom Tag League, teaming with Holidead. She won the 2016 Southern California Women's Wrestler of the Year Award.She was released on March 26, 2019.
On June 15, 2018, Rosa made her Ring of Honor debut on ROH State Of The Art. She teamed with Kelly Klein, where both unsuccessfully challenged Sumie Sakai and Tenille Dashwood.On November 3 (which aired on tape delay on December 15) episode of ROH, Rosa teamed with Holidead under the name Twisted Sisterz, where they defeated the team of Britt Baker and Madison Rayne.
Cervantes worked through October 2018 tapings on Women of Wrestling under her Lucha Underground's persona Kobra Moon. Her first televised matched aired on March 1, 2019, where she was managed by Sophia Lopez as she defeated Azteca.With WOW renewed for a second season, Moon's name changed to Serpentine. On the September 14 episode of WOW, Serpentine unsuccessfully challenged Tessa Blanchard for the WOW World Championship.
On April 29, 2019, Rosa made her Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling debut, teaming with Yuki Aino against Mizuki and Yuka Sakazaki in a losing effort. After defeating Maki Itoh for the International Princess Championship on January 5, 2020, she became the first gaijin to win a championship in Tokyo Joshi Pro.On October 7, Rosa announced that she relinquished the championship as she was unable to travel to Japan due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Rosa made her televised National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) debut on October 29, 2019, on NWA Power . After Marti Belle lost to Ashley Vox, Rosa entered the ring and extended her hand to Belle, which Belle declined as she left the ring.On the following episode, Thunder Rosa had her in-ring debut, defeating Ashley Vox and attacking her post-match. Rosa later attacked NWA World Women's Champion Allysin Kay, with Belle also attacking Kay and aligning with Rosa. On the November 19 episode of NWA Power, Belle and Rosa defeated Kay and Vox, after Melina distracted Kay, and aligning herself with Belle and Rosa.
At NWA Hard Times on January 24, 2020, Thunder Rosa defeated Allysin Kay to capture the NWA World Women's Championship and also becoming the first-ever Mexican born wrestler to win the championship.She would lose the title against Serena Deeb on October 27, 2020 at UWN Primetime Live.
Rosa made her All Elite Wrestling (AEW) debut on the August 22, 2020, episode of Dynamite , where she cut a promo on the AEW Women's World Champion Hikaru Shida, and challenged her for the championship on All Out.On the September 2 episode of Dynamite, Rosa made her AEW in-ring debut, where she defeated Serena Deeb. At All Out, Rosa unsuccessfully challenged Shida for the AEW Women's World Championship. On the September 16 episode of Dynamite, Rosa successfully defended her NWA World Women's Championship against Ivelisse. After the match, Rosa was attacked by Diamante and Ivelisse, and was later saved by Shida. Week later on Dynamite, Rosa teamed with Shida when they defeated Diamante and Ivelisse in a tag team match. On the November 17, 2020 episode of AEW Dark , Rosa defeated challenger Lindsay Snow by pinfall. On the November 18 episode of Dynamite, Rosa fought Deeb in a rematch for the NWA Women's Championship, but would lose via pinfall following outside interference from Dr. Britt Baker. After the match, Rosa brawled with Baker.
|Born||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg)|
|Team||Brazilian Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
On September 13, 2019, it was confirmed that Cervantes had signed with Combate Americas.Her first fight took place on November 8 in San Antonio, Texas. She lost the fight by unanimous decision against Nadine Mandiau.
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0–1||Nadine Mandiau||Decision (unanimous)||Combate Americas: San Antonio||November 8, 2019||3||3:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
(November 29, 2020)
|Total views||108.3 thousand|
(November 29, 2020)
Cervantes became a US citizen on February 21, 2019.
She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 with a degree in Sociology.
On February 6, 2019 it was reported that Cervantes, Ivelisse Vélez, Joey Ryan, and Jorge Luis Alcantar (El Hijo del Fantasma/King Cuerno) had collectively filed a class-action lawsuit in California against the El Rey Network and the Baba-G production company behind Lucha Underground. The group claimed that their Lucha Underground contracts were not legal under California law, unfairly restricting their ability to work in their chosen profession.
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