Mercedes Mone worked hard to establish herself as one of the most recognizable female pro wrestlers in the world right now. She made her way to NJPW and STARDOM – becoming a major star in Japan. That being said, Booker T stated that Mone’s time in NJPW isn’t as important as working in the US.

Mercedes Mone left WWE after walking out on an episode of Monday Night RAW back in May last year, shocking the pro wrestling world to its core. She became a major name in Japan and truly revitalized her career.

Mercedes Mone was once thought to be sure-thing for AEW, but that ship has cleared sailed now as the company no longer has any working plans to bring the former WWE Superstar to the promotion.

While speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T talked about the backlash he got for stating that Mercedes Mone won’t be a good fit in AEW. He also highlighted how AEW simply didn’t have many opponents for Mone, before noting how things worked out better for her in NJPW and STARDOM. Booker stated that no matter how much one works in Japan, nobody would know who they are in the US – somewhat making light of what Mercedes Mone accomplished in Japan.


You can go work in Japan all you want but ain’t nobody gonna know who you are in the States. Ain’t nobody going to see those matches. Nobody’s gonna realize how big your star power is HERE in the States, working in Japan. That’s just fact. Stan Hansen was huge in Japan. He was a massive star in Japan. In the States – he was a star, but in Japan he was a megastar.”

Mercedes Mone’s asking price for a new contract is also ludicrously high. She is also not signed with any pro wrestling company right now. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Mercedes Mone.

What’s your view on what Booker T had to say? Do you feel he is correct in his assessment? Let us know in the comments section below!

Transcription by Ringside News

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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