The landscape of AEW has been completely altered with perhaps, one of their biggest signings in the history of the Jacksonville-based promotion, Mercedes Mone, who made her debut at this week’s AEW Big Business.

After months of dealing with a serious ankle injury and numerous speculations and rumors, the CEO chose to ink a deal with Tony Khan’s promotion instead of her former employer, WWE.

Mercedes opted to join AEW instead of rejoining WWE was reportedly attributed to her desire for a higher salary. According to Dave Meltzer of, the former 7-time WWE Women’s champion was seeking a money deal equivalent to what her contemporary, Becky Lynch earns.

While WWE’s offer fell short of her expectations, AEW President Tony Khan extended a significant financial offer that reportedly makes her the highest-paid woman in pro wrestling, albeit not reaching the rumored $5 million per year figure circulating online.


“One WWE woman star noted to us that they were hearing that the number was enough to make her the highest paid woman in pro wrestling and that they were thrilled at AEW for making the offer and happy for her to have accepted it, because in the long run it means it’s a better market for the top women wrestlers, noting, ‘I think it sets a standard that woman should be paid, too.

“The women do great numbers and have huge social followings’ and also said that it was ‘a huge deal for women in the industry who are paid a lot less than men.”

With Mercedes Mone officially All Elite, it would be interesting to see if her star power garners the big business for Tony Khan’s company and justifies her worth for the amount that she has been paid.

What are your thoughts on Mercedes Mone reportedly being the highest-paid female star in pro wrestling? Sound off in the comments!

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