Mercedes Martinez signed with AEW. That was made clear after she interrupted a match between Thunder Rosa and Jade Cargill on this week’s episode of Dynamite. Martinez attacked the battling Rosa as a hooded mysterious figure and when it was revealed to be Martinez herself, the pop from the crowd was evident that many were happy.

The last time we saw her was over at Impact – an experience that may have been clouded for her in quite an amount of heat backstage in actual fact. An awkward moment between she and Tasha Steelz that unfolded out in front of the camera proved that much, or led to speculation on that front. Before that, she was of course with WWE on both the main roster and later on NXT before her release earlier this year.

Her appearance this week though, was met with a ton of rumors that alluded to the possibility that there was heat at her being there – backstage heat – but according to Sean Sapp of Fightful, there’s no truth to the rumors that spoke of tribalism backstage.

“I haven’t heard of any (heat). I’ve actually heard of people who were very happy that Mercedes was brought in, and they wanted more experience. They think she can help along the lines of what Serena Deeb is doing. So, there’s a lot of positivity around her signing.”


Martinez had a match in AEW in 2019, and that was before her run in WWE. She was the Joker Entrant in the Casino Battle Royale at All Out (2019), which was AEW’s second PPV since its inception, interestingly enough.

Martinez publicly thanked Tony Khan, AEW President co-founder and CEO, for the opportunity after her signing, and it seems like she plans on running with it, as so many ex-WWE superstars have done in recent history. It’ll be interesting to see how she performs moving forward, but judging by this first appearance on Dynamite this week, we can expect quite the feud between she and Thunder Rosa.

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