Mercedes Martinez was recently on AEW Unrestricted Podcast where she spoke about the ROH Women’s Title and ROH in general. Mercedes is a former WWE superstar and she is the current ROH Women’s Champion. However, she didn’t actually win the title and the title being given to her was a surprise.
She first started speaking about ROH actually not having a solid women’s division in the past.
Mercedes Martinez States That Even the ROH Interim Title is Important for Her
“I think it just came out of nowhere, to be honest,” she admitted.
“I think Ring Of Honor — and if anyone knows my history with Ring Of Honor, I was with them for a short period of time back in 2006-ish. They didn’t really have a women’s division. It was kind of like you go in, you wrestle.
We were the attraction match. At that time, women’s wrestling wasn’t as big as it was now, so it was kind of just finding your mode in every company that you could do. “So, it wasn’t like there was a title, we were just wrestling just to be on this big company that was just getting started, it was just getting its roots down.
It was something big for a lot of female wrestlers to be a part of. Eventually, we parted ways and I did my own thing, and Ring Of Honor kept growing, but still, there wasn’t this women’s division”. She then spoke about the interim title that she holds.
She stated that it is still important for her even though it is an interim title. “For me to be a champion, even if it’s an Interim Title because I look at it as an Interim Title is a kind of like a chance to show your worth.
I know Deonna Purrazzo is the official champion for Ring Of Honor,” Mercedes Martinez said. “And for them to say, ‘Hey, the Interim Title, maybe it’s not a real title,’ but to me, it is. It’s kind of like a callback, the way I look at it.
For them to say, ‘hey, here’s the chance to win a title, yes, Deonna wasn’t available, but we still want to give you the chance to hold this title, level up the division.’ When there wasn’t a division back when I was in Ring Of Honor, that’s something I take personally”.