Mercedes Mone has a lot of eyes on her in Japan, but sadly everyone watched as she was injured last night. This unexpected roadblock also stopped her from picking up another title.
A one-night tournament was held to crown the first NJPW STRONG Women’s Champion at NJPW Resurgence. In the first round, Mercedes Mone defeated Stephanie Vaquer. Then things took an unexpected turn during the final match.
Mercedes Mone reportedly suffered a broken ankle during the match against Willow. A lot of people found this as a complete shocker.
After Mercedes Mone was injured in the match, Willow hit her with her finisher, but the referee refused to make the three count. After stopping at 2, the crowd booed the official. Then Willow hit another move and won the match after the referee was smartened up.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Mercedes Mone was supposed to win that match and become champion. This is why the referee refused to count to three the first time.
It is unclear how many dates Mercedes Mone had left in her deal, but Meltzer confirmed that “I was told before the tournament that she was winning.” Obviously, her injury changed those plans around.
We will have to see how long Mercedes Mone is out of action. Obviously, this is the last thing that she needed. Hopefully, Mercedes will be able to rest up and get back to action soon.
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