At the start of AEW Big Business, fans were thrilled by the long-awaited debut of Mercedes Mone, igniting immense excitement among the audience. She is officially all elite, but that doesn’t mean Mone doesn’t have other goals in mind. This includes her wanting to revolutionize what it means to be a diva in the world of professional wrestling.

Formerly known as Sasha Banks in WWE, Mone played a pivotal role in the women’s evolution within WWE, particularly during her standout performances in NXT. Notably, her match against Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015 is remembered as a defining moment in this evolution.

As a result of efforts like hers, women in wrestling are now perceived as equals to their male counterparts, securing main event spots and significant television time.

Speaking to Evan T. Mack on Kick Rocks, Mercedes reflected on the progress of women’s wrestling over the last decade. She expressed admiration for the growth, emphasizing that it’s not just about women but also about the men in the industry. Mercedes highlighted the unprecedented number of wrestlers today, particularly noting the significant increase in female wrestlers across various promotions, from independent circuits to major organizations like STARDOM, TNA, AEW, and WWE.

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“It’s so beautiful. I’m going to put over the women, but it’s not just the women, it’s the men. This is the most pro wrestlers in the history of wrestling and it’s the most women have ever been a part of this business. To see how many women are at pro wrestling schools, to see how many women are at different promotions from independent to STARDOM to TNA to AEW to WWE. I have no words for it.

Mone marveled at the expansion since her own beginnings in WWE developmental, where there were only eight women, compared to the multitude present today across developmental and main rosters. Mercedes credited her exposure to Japanese pro wrestling for inspiring her vision of women’s wrestling and her desire to redefine the traditional image of a “diva.”

I started in WWE with eight women in developmental. I don’t even know how many there are know, there are probably 30, and then you have main roster and AEW and STARDOM. It’s beyond my biggest dreams. I watched wrestling like, ‘How can I do this like the men?’ I discovered Japanese pro wrestling and was like, ‘Oh wow, they actually do it like the men, but harder.’ I saw that and wanted that in the United States. I always wanted to change the definition of what it was to be a diva.”

Mercedes Mone’s AEW move is also expected to amplify the company’s women’s division. It remains to be seen just how much Mercedes Mone will ultimately benefit AEW in the long run.

Do you believe Mercedes Mone can truly revolutionize what it means to be a diva in the world of professional wrestling? Let us know in the comments section below!

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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