Melissa Cervantes (born July 21, 1986) is a Mexican-American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, better known by her ring names Thunder Rosa (Spanish for "Thunder Rose") and Kobra Moon in Lucha Underground. She has also wrestled as Serpiente del Mar (Spanish for "Sea Snake").
Thunder Rosa in March 2017
|Birth name||Melissa Cervantes|
|Born||July 21, 1986|
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
|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)|
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Mixed martial arts record
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Class action lawsuit against Lucha Underground
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Wonder Ring Stardom (2014–2015)Edit
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 12 April 2015 she made her debut for Stardom in Japan.
Lucha Underground (2015–2019)Edit
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.
Ring of Honor (2018–2019)Edit
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, were they defeated the team of Britt Baker and Madison Rayne.
Women of Wrestling (2018-present)Edit
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.
National Wrestling Alliance (2019-present)Edit
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 Episode 6, Rosa teamed with Marti Belle to defeat the Team of Crystal Rose and Brooklyn Creed.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
|Born||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg)|
|Team||Brazilian Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Combate Americas (2019-present)Edit
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.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|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|
Class action lawsuit against Lucha UndergroundEdit
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.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Gold Rush Pro Wrestling
- GRPW Lady Luck Championship (1 time)
- East Bay Pro Wrestling
- EBPW Ladies Champion (1 time)
- Lucha Underground
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked her #43 in the 2016 PWI Top 50 Females
- Shine Wrestling
- SoCal Uncensored
- Southern California Women's Wrestler of the Year (2016)
- Vendetta Pro Wrestling
- NWA Western States Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- "Thunder Rosa Wrestlingdata profile". Wrestlingdata. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
- "2015 SoCal Year End Awards - SoCalUNCENSORED.com". 7 March 2016.
- "2016 Southern California Wrestling Awards Winners Announced - SoCalUNCENSORED.com". 24 January 2017.
- Csonka, Larry (June 15, 2018). "Csonka's ROH: State of The Art San Antonio 2018 Review". PWInsider.
- "ROH RECAP: LETHAL, TAVEN LEAD TEAMS IN CHRISTMAS SURPRISE 10-MAN TAG MATCH". Ring of Honor.
- Powell, Jason. "WOW on AXS review: Beverly Hills Babe vs. Jungle Grrrl, Azteca vs. Kobra Moon, Havok vs. Eye Candy, Jessie Jones vs. Chantilly Chella, The Temptress vs. Fire". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
- Csonka, Larry. "Csonka's WOW – Women Of Wrestling Review 9.14.19". 411MANIA. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
- Powell, Jason. "NWA Powerrr results: Powell's review of The Dawsons vs. Eddie Kingston and Homicide in a No DQ match, Marti Belle faces Ashley Vox, Trevor Murdoch and Ricky Starks in action". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- "NWA Powerrr". Retrieved November 12, 2019.
- "NWA Powerrr". November 12, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
- Holland, Jesse. "Melissa 'Thunder Rosa' Cervantes draws Nadine Mandiau for Combate Americas debut on Nov. 8 in San Antonio". MMA Mania. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
- Toro, Carlos. "Report: Thunder Rosa Signs MMA Deal With Combate Americas". Fightful. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
- C; Avila-Garcia, ice; Express-News, mySA com / San Antonio (11 January 2019). "Pro wrestler opens up about experience of becoming a U.S. citizen during border crisis". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
- Moon, Thunder Rosa/ Kobra (14 January 2019). "One more step! I passed the test ya'll! Thank you very much for all your good vibes and love. Just waiting for the ceremony to be official! I cant believe I waited my whole life for this moment and now I achieve it! #america #GodBless2019 #lameramera #texasrockpic.twitter.com/lyxBWZhehg". twitter.com. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
- Rose, Bryan (February 6, 2019). "Two lawsuits filed over Lucha Underground contract issues". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- Mutter, Eric (February 6, 2019). "Exclusive: El Hijo del Fantasma, Ivelisse, Joey Ryan and Thunder ROas file class-action lawsuit against El Rey Network and Baba-G productions". Lucha Central. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- "SPOILERS: Lucha Underground Tapings For 3/10 & 3/11: BIG Title Change".
- "RESULTS: SHINE 52 - - Squared Circle Sirens". squaredcirclesirens.com. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
- "Southern California Women's Wrestler of the Year - SoCalUNCENSORED.com".