Mercedes Moné is undoubtedly one of the best superstars around. His farewell to WWE was an unexpected event and insiders questioned a lot about the reasons for that separation. Fans had hoped to see her again in Stamford in early 2023, but the former Sasha Banks surprised everyone by appearing in NJPW and capturing the IWGP Women's Championship thanks to the victory obtained over KAIRI.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a ton of speculation circulating about the possibility of Moné appearing on AEW programming in the future. According to 'PWInsider's' Mike Johnson, it is possible Mercedes will attend the 'AEW X NJPW: Forbidden Door' pay-per-view if she chooses to do so.
However, it is quite unlikely that she will sign a long-term deal with All Elite Wrestling.
Mercedes Moné feels free
Mercedes Moné made her NJPW debut during Wrestle Kingdom 17, going to challenge KAIRI, IWGP champion, who accepted and the two challenged on February 18 at NJPW Battle in the Valley with Mercedes taking home the belt.
Speaking to Busted Open Radio, IMPACT President Scott D'Amore praised the work done by Mercedes Moné: "We met Mercedes, our paths had never crossed. Obviously, I'm a huge fan of hers and everything that did. It was a great opportunity to meet her and chat with her after the amazing match she had with KAIRI.
She and Mercedes went out there in front of a demanding crowd and put up a world title match that I thought was outstanding. The fight was formidable and you could see the fans were super excited." Mercedes fondly recalls her experience in WWE: ”I was able to achieve everything I wanted in WWE and now I can live this international dream.
I'm excited to start this new adventure in Japan, with NJPW and STARDOM. STARDOM, for me, has the best female fighters in the world and I can't wait to get involved." During a recent episode of FTR with Dax Harwood, the AEW star spoke on his own pride and how he believes Mercedes' pride factored into her issues with WWE.
"She's very prideful. Sometimes pride can rub people the wrong way because you do stand up for what you believe in and you don't take no for an answer. But when you take it so seriously, it's a recipe for success, but a lot of people aren't going to like you because of it. I think that's maybe what happened to her," he said.