Kobra Moon, aka Thunder Rosa, is an enigmatic character on Lucha Underground. Queen of the Reptile Tribe, Kobra Moon commands warriors to do her bidding. Huffpost UK caught up with Moon while she is touring the indie circuit and she divulged information about her character, her thoughts on the Sexy Star and Rosemary controversy, and more.
On her identities as Thunder Rosa and Kobra Moon: “Thunder Rosa was my creation from the start and Kobra moon came about like a year or two after I started this whole craziness. Kobra moon was created by the writers of Lucha Underground and I just took it in, based on their vision of the character and it took off. It’s hard now because I haven’t portrayed Kobra Moon as much. Thunder Rosa came after I was depressed and out of work. I finished my career working in a rehab facility with teenagers and a lot of them were committing suicide, were hopeless, didn’t have anything going for them. So, I thought, “OK, let me take up wrestling. Maybe I can take it somewhere”. Then I started getting into it and thought I might get far, and every time I was at meetings in front of them I’d say “Guys, I’m going to be a wrestler! A famous one”. They’d tell me I was crazy or high and I said, “watch me in a couple of years”. Things just happened and it is what it is now. Thunder Rosa is pretty much a ray of hope for those that are in-between life and death. I’m a celebration of life.”
On her role as Kobra Moon in the Temple: “Kobra Moon on season two was just an introduction, so I wrestled a little bit and I came and did a couple of spots and that was washed away. On season three, there was a revamp of the character and they gave it more of a status quo, not as big as I would have liked but big enough for the fans to talk about it. She is a queen whose DNA was rescued by Pindar and Vibora and now she’s in the body of a luchador. So with her three musketeers, Drago, Pindar and Vibora, she’s trying to rule the temple just like anybody else in it. My favourite part of the whole thing is having Drago there because he betrayed our tribe and that’s the reason why we got wiped out. I love the fact he’s my slave now and I can drag him around everywhere. For some women, they feel like that’s very empowering – women dragging men on TV, so they enjoy that. For some, it’s just kind of a fantasy thing, very sexual per se. I really enjoy portraying it because it’s such a strong character. Although I’m not wrestling, I’m able to explore in other ways within character.”
Her thoughts on the Sexy Star/Rosemary AAA incident: “It’s tricky. I’m very close to Sexy Star. It’s so unfortunate the whole situation, for both sides. Somebody is getting hurt physically and somebody emotionally, mentally and spiritually. What happened lead to an explosion on social media and Twitter and maybe people that won’t say things in person have done on social media. For me, it’s like one day you can be a hero – like she was after she won the championship in Lucha Underground – and now she’s a villain. It’s a very fine line on what you have to do and not do in this business. I feel bad for both and I’d rather not get into it or comment.”
On her goals for the future: “Right now, because of the situation of not knowing when we’re going to start again with Lucha Underground, I made a promise to myself that I was going to shine with my own light and make sure Thunder Rosa is known for her work. Hopefully, I can also bring Kobra moon to more places as I’m allowed to wrestle as Kobra moon pretty much anywhere in the world. so whoever wants to use the character, I’d be more than happy to do that. I’d like to go back to Mexico, learn a little bit more and build our company, ‘Sabotage’ bigger for another generation of women that wants to get some of the opportunities I’ve had.”
She also talks about her time on the indie circuit, her hopes of someday making it to WWE, her different wrestling styles, and more.
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