Mercedes Mone says Tony Khan saw her as the best women’s wrestler in the world

Jul 2, 2024 - by Colin Vassallo

In a 35-minute interview with HOT 97 in New York, AEW TBS and NJPW Strong Women’s champion Mercedes Mone said that Tony Khan saw her as “the best women’s wrestler of all time.”

Mone said she’s thankful for AEW and for “such a beautiful boss and leader” in Tony Khan who saw her for who she is – the best of all time.

“He worked endless amount of years to try to get me and to get me down. He finally got me,” Mone said. “The numbers were right, the conversations were right, the alignment was right, and the goals were aligned. That’s the biggest thing.”

The champ champ revealed that signing a big money deal wasn’t just about her, but for her family too. She said she financially supports her special needs brother and her mother and spent nearly two years without a stable income, although she did have a stream of income from other opportunities.

“I wanted the goals of what his mission was for AEW and the women’s wrestling in AEW. And I wanted him to know how much I care and how much I want to bring to women’s wrestling here in AEW. And the alignment was just there,” she continued. “And now here we are making magic!”

Talking about walking away from WWE in May 2022, Mone said that something did not feel right that day and the way she and Naomi were talked to, “didn’t settle in my heart.”

She said that if she didn’t take control of her life right there, she was not going to be happy by having someone talk to her like that and make her feel like she doesn’t belong.

Mone added that she loves WWE and it was always her dream to wrestle there but it was time to walk away.

Colin Vassallo been editor of Wrestling-Online since 1996

11 Responses

  1. stezton says:

    Best women’s wrestler of all time? Funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

  2. art123guy says:

    @stezton–Tony Khan is the best booker of all time. Now THAT’S the funniest thing you’ve heard all day.

  3. Luke says:

    @art123guy
    I was actually wondering recently whether there was ever a worse booker than Tony Khan in the history of wrestling. Using objective criteria, I don’t think there was.
    I’d love to be proven wrong. Any takers?

  4. What? says:

    Well, sure. We all knew that Tony’s judgment was cloudy at best. Where’s the new news in this?

  5. CM Chippunk says:

    Sasha is flat out exposed in AEW. She may have brought a writer with her, but it’s clear now that she did literally need the entire WWE creative bureaucracy behind her to become a star. As far as being ““the best women’s wrestler of all time”, Tony will impute any superlative to his talent no matter how nonsensical, so consider the source …

  6. dooman says:

    but the WWE fanboys loved her when WWE was pulling her strings now the don’t like her real funny

  7. Bestofbothworlds says:

    She was a hack in WWE and bigger hack in Arena Empty Wrestling. If fanboy Tony “Herb Abrams” Khan stops praising everything she does, she’ll take her ball and go home.

  8. dooman says:

    so professional wrestlers are not allowed to make a living unless they go to WWE i guess its a shame so many so called fans have just negative comments about stuff they do not have to watch or even comment on. i enjoy both shows and just turn channel when the parts i don’t like come on t

  9. USA #1 says:

    Such a horse-faced anorexic delusional little girl..

  10. James says:

    So called fans such as USA are the reason that many real fans are embarrassed to admit it.

  11. dooman says:

    hey loved shasha banks but hate mercedes mone…make you wonder if they know she’s the same person

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