Sasha Banks debuts at Wrestle Kingdom 17

Jan 4, 2023 - by Marc Middleton

Mercedes Varnado has officially arrived in NJPW.

The former Sasha Banks, now known as Mercedes Moné, made her NJPW debut at tonight’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 event from the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. Moné confronted IWGP Women’s Champion KAIRI after her successful title defense over Tam Nakano.

Moné first congratulated KAIRI on the win, and offered her hand for a shake, but Moné then laid KAIRI out. Moné took the mic and announced that she is in NJPW and Stardom to make history, calling herself the CEO of the women’s division. The WWE Women’s Grand Slam Champion then promised to take the title from KAIRI at NJPW’s Battle In The Valley event on Saturday, February 18 in San Jose, CA.

Moné began her WWE career back in August 2012 when she signed her first contract. She and Naomi walked out of a RAW taping in mid-May due to creative issues, while the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Moné reportedly became a free agent on January 1 of this year. She leaves WWE as the fourth Women’s Triple Crown Champion, the third Women’s Grand Slam Champion, a one-time WWE NXT Champion, a five-time RAW Women’s Champion, a one-time SmackDown Women’s Champion, and a three-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion.

3 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Mercedes Mone, looks & sounds like an indie wrestler knock off of a main eventer.. Mercedes ribs was very generic no bling. The music if rumor were right that she had signed a while back they couldn’t make her music something more memorable or catchy. Mercedes has to have made the biggest bind head move bynhwr promo cuz it sounded like she was trying to do an accent. The only thing that we recognized was her botching a wrestling maneuver. I thought Kevin Kelly was gonna say: “it’s Monee” cuz Mercedes just saw New Japan money get zelled to her

  2. Adam says:


  3. peter says:

    well said adam agree with you 100% i wish she would just go away.

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