Mercedes Moné had a falling out with WWE that ultimately led to her partying ways with the company in 2022. The former Sasha Banks signed a deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling to appear at their Wrestle Kingdom 17 event at the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2023.

Mercedes Moné had a stare down with KAIRI at NJPW’s biggest event. The two stars squared off for the IWGP Women’s Championship at Battle in the Valley in California on February 18, 2023. Mercedes dethroned KAIRI for the title. Now, she’s set for her first title defense.

NJPW announced that Mercedes Moné will put her IWGP Women’s Championship on the line against Hazuki and AZM in a triple threat match at the promotion’s Sakura Genesis show on Saturday, April 8th.



@mercedesvarnado has accepted the challenge of @azumikan1411 and @0929_hazuki for Sakura Genesis April 8!


Mercedes Moné made it clearly that she’s waiting for a call from Tony Khan about possibly working the Forbidden Door 2 pay-per-view event. You can read the full article by clicking the link here.

Here’s the line-up for NJPW Sakura Genesis:

  • Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. SANADA – IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
  • Mercedes Moné (c) vs. AZM vs. Hazuki – IWGP Women’s Championship:
  • Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. Robbie Eagles – IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • Bishamon (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto) (c) vs. Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher) – IWGP Tag Team Championship
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Shota Umino – New Japan World Television Championship
  • David Finlay, KENTA, & El Phantasmo vs. Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Master Wato

Will you be watching NJPW Sakura Genesis event? Do you want Mercedes Moné to retain her IWGP Women’s Championship at the show? Sound off in the comments!

Manik Aftab

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