Sasha Banks is widely regarded as one of the best female professional wrestlers going today. Her sudden departure from WWE RAW in May 2022 sparked widespread discussion and speculation, leaving many wrestling fans curious about the reasons behind her exit. However, Banks later re-emerged in NJPW under the ring name Mercedes Mone, further solidifying her status as a prominent figure in the world of professional wrestling. It seems Mone is also unlikely to work long-term with AEW.

The NJPW Battle At The Valley featured a thrilling moment when Mercedes Mone boldly challenged KAIRI for the IWGP Women’s Championship and emerged victorious, claiming the esteemed title. Adding to the excitement, a former WWE colleague was present in the audience, contributing to the electric atmosphere and making the event even more memorable.

Following her departure from WWE, Mercedes Moné has become a champion in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, prompting speculation about the possibility of her appearing on AEW programming in the future.

According to a report by Mike Johnson of PW Insider during an audio update behind his paywall, Mercedes Moné has the option to appear in the AEW X NJPW: Forbidden Door pay-per-view later this year if she chooses to do so. However, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that she is interested in pursuing a more long-term collaboration with AEW.


Mercedes Mone has already hinted at working with Kenny Omega in the future. Mone also does not rule out making return to WWE someday. In the meantime, keep checking back with Ringside News for more.

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