WWE debuted Retribution as a stable with two female members. Soon Reckoning was the only one left, and Retaliation left the group. Mercedes Martinez was set to play the role of Retaliation, but it just wasn’t for her.

While recently speaking to PW Insider, Mercedes Martinez explained why she decided to exit the Retribution stable. She said that the trick is to make the best with anything you’re given, but that opportunity just wasn’t for her.

“I was given an opportunity, and I took the opportunity not knowing what the outcome would be,” she said. “You got to make the best with anything you can, but I think when that opportunity came, it just wasn’t for me. When you hit the pinnacle of your career, as I did, hitting 20 years, you want to make the most of your career, and make it part of a legacy.”

“I just think being part of that group, it’s not hidden fact that it was me, I don’t hide the fact, I don’t mention it, only because it was just a small part of what the bigger picture is.”


Mercedes Martinez said that she wishes everyone in the stable the best as they carry on. It seems that WWE is finally figuring out how to present the stable of invaders on television.

Martinez eventually returned to WWE NXT. She is now experiencing a renewed run on her own, and she is slated to participate in the 2021 Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

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