Sasha Banks is widely considered one of the greatest female professional wrestlers of all time, and her exceptional skills are the reason why. She made headlines last year when she abruptly left WWE RAW, leading to widespread speculation and rumors. Eventually, Banks made her way to NJPW under the name Mercedes Mone, further solidifying her legacy in the world of professional wrestling. Mone also gets appropriate payment in NJPW, just not at the level many expected.
Sasha Banks made a splash in NJPW when she made her debut at Wrestle Kingdom 17 as the charismatic “The CEO” Mercedes Mone. She stepped onto the stage after KAIRI successfully defended her title against Tam Nakano. The fans were overjoyed to see Banks/Mercedes in action and eagerly cheered her on, rooting for her success in NJPW.
Mercedes Mone is set to challenge KAIRI for the IWGP Women’s Championship at NJPW Battle in the Valley in San Jose on February 18. In addition to that, she has more matches in Japan coming up.
According to Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was noted that Mercedes Mone did not get a deal similar to Chris Jericho, but is still getting solid payment.
“The story that was going around that Mercedes Mone was making more than Chris Jericho made here is incorrect. It’s not even close. The money is not at the level she could get with WWE or AEW.
It’s certainly very good money on a per appearance basis, but that would tell you she’s doing it for the experience and “bucket list” idea of wanting to at one point in her prime work against the top Japanese women wrestlers in Japan.”
There was also a good reason for Mercedes Mone’s lackluster live reaction to her debut in NJPW. There is the belief that Mercedes Mone will be following in Brock Lesnar’s footsteps after her NJPW debut. It remains to be seen if Mone will end up beating KAIRI for the title this month, as fans would love that to happen.
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