As anticipation builds for Monday night's RAW "Day 1," speculation is rampant about the potential return of a former WWE Champion. Amidst this buzz, new developments have emerged regarding Mercedes Moné, formerly known as Sasha Banks, and her current standing with WWE.
Sasha Banks, a notable figure in the wrestling world, reportedly left WWE due to disagreements with Vince McMahon over creative directions and financial matters. Since her departure, she has rebranded as Mercedes Moné and made significant strides in the independent wrestling circuit, particularly with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).
Moné's presence at AEW All In at Wembley Stadium made waves in the wrestling community. Following an injury – a broken ankle during the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship – there was widespread speculation that she would join AEW, particularly for the "Blood and Guts" episode of AEW Dynamite.
Moné's WWE Negotiations Stall
Intriguingly, Moné has dropped hints on social media suggesting a possible return to WWE, including posts that subtly reference Triple H. However, recent reports indicate that negotiations between Moné and WWE have stalled, with WWE purportedly withdrawing from talks due to an inability to reach a consensus on terms.
This situation mirrors the unexpected return of CM Punk at Survivor Series: WarGames, despite similar reports of failed negotiations preceding his comeback. This pattern raises questions about the authenticity of these reports and whether they might be a strategic ploy.
Compounding the intrigue, online chatter suggests that a former WWE Champion might make an appearance on the upcoming "Day 1" edition of RAW. While some speculate this could be Dave Bautista, acknowledging his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, others believe a surprise return by Sasha Banks is more probable.
Triple H has cryptically addressed these rumors, implying that something significant might be unfolding. He stated, "Not going to confirm or deny the rumors of a former @WWE Champion appearing at #WWERaw Day One… but I will say to stay tuned." Reflecting on her departure from WWE, Moné said, "I’d been in the WWE for almost ten years.
I needed a change, to feel something different in my heart and soul. Pursuing a new dream and chapter was essential for me. This is my dream." As we approach Monday night's event, the wrestling world eagerly awaits to see if these speculations will materialize, marking yet another dramatic twist in the ever-evolving narrative of WWE.