Thursday, April 18

Former WWE Star Mercedes Mone (Sasha Banks) Debuts On AEW Dynamite

Mercedes Moné made her AEW debut to kick off Big Business on Dynamite Wednesday. She announced she had big plans for the Women’s Division.

  • mercedes mone njpw

    sasha banks

    Birthdate:
    1992-01-26

    Birthplace:
    Fairfield, California, USA

    Birthname:
    Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado

    Height:
    5 feet 5 inches

    Debut:
    2010-08-08

    Championships Held:
    Raw Women’s Championship (x5), SmackDown Women’s Championship, WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship (x3), NXT Women’s Championship, IWGP Women’s Championship

    Finisher:
    Money Maker

    Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/MercedesVarnado

    Notable Rivals:
    Charlotte Flair, Carmella, Bayley, becky lynch

    Notable Allies:
    Bayley

    Current Promotion:
    NJPW

    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/themercedesvarnado/

    Eye Color:
    Brown

Highlights

  • Mercedes Moné made her anticipated AEW debut on Dynamite, expressing gratitude to fans for their support over the years.
  • AEW President Tony Khan is banking on Moné being a game-changer for the Women’s Division, outbidding WWE for her services.
  • WWE stars Naomi and Bayley were in attendance to support Moné’s debut, highlighting the camaraderie between the wrestling community.



AEW presented its Dynamite episode called Big Business on Wednesday and the event garnered a lot of attention because the expected debut of Mercedes Moné (Sasha Banks) was rumored to be happening on that program. As expected, Mone did debut for AEW. They didn’t waste any time and brought her out to kick off the show.

AEW President Tony Khan had teased her debut leading up to the program and fans were merely playing the waiting game. She first had to recover from ankle surgery, then she got through negotiations with both AEW and WWE. Finally, it was about solidifying a deal with AEW and waiting for the right time and the right show to have Moné’s debut. When her “CEO” theme music hit, Moné strolled down to the ring, acting as a host of sorts for the two-hour show. She said she was “home” and then thanked the fans for sticking with her over the past couple of years. They were with her during her highs and lows, championship wins, and career changes. She said they stuck with her as she made memories and lived out a dream and she vowed to make many more memories now that she was officially All Elite. She said she wanted and needed to be in AEW because it was the only place where they could take a women’s revolution global.


Moné is expected to play a big role in AEW’s Women’s Division and the speculation is they paid her big bucks as a draw for that company. Likely outbidding WWE by a substantial margin, Tony Khan is betting that she’s going to be a difference-maker over the coming weeks and months. What’s interesting is that she drew attention recently to comments she made in a recent podcast. While a guest on the Kick Rocks Wrestling Podcast, Mone said during part of the interview, “I know I’m going to be back there [in WWE] one day, okay? So it’s not over. Like I said, I have a lot of unfinished business in wrestling, in a lot of places.” Fans took that to mean this AEW run might not be all that long.



WWE Friends On Hand To Support Mone During Her Debut

PWInsider reported earlier on Wednesday that Naomi and Bayley of WWE’s roster were both in Boston to support their good friend. This is not necessarily new as Naomi had been to Japan to support Moné in the past.

The episode also featured AEW World Champion Samoa Joe defending against Wardlow, Darby Allin vs. Jay White, and The Elite (The Young Bucks & Kazuchika Okada) vs. Eddie Kingston, PAC, and Penta El Zero Miedo.


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