Mercedes Mone speaks after NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17.
Mercedes Mone (formerly Sasha Banks) officially arrived in New Japan Pro-Wrestling at Wrestle Kingdom 17, laying out IWGP Women's Champion KAIRI and challenging her to a match at NJPW Battle in the Valley on February 18.
Speaking to the press after her arrival, Mone said, "I'm interested in many wrestlers, but the reason I decided to fight KAIRI-san in the first place is because we have a 'past.' February 18th, San Jose, New Japan I think it will be the best match in Stardom history, so please look forward to it."
Mone and KAIRI (Kairi Sane in WWE) had many battles during their time together in WWE. Her final feud in WWE was against Mone & Bayley, and her second to last match in the company was a singles bout against Mone.
During the press conference, Mone was asked by Issa of Pro Wrestling Illustrated what's next and she said she would like to wrestle AZM and Miyu Yamashita as she’s on a quest to raise the value of the yen.
モネー「多くのレスラーにも興味があるわ。でも一番初めにKAIRIサンと闘うと決めたのは、私たちの間には“過去”があるからです。２月18日、サンノゼ、ニュージャパンとスターダムにおける史上最高の試合になると思うので、みんな楽しみにしてくださいね」— 新日本プロレスリング株式会社 (@njpw1972) January 4, 2023
The CEO of #njpw & #STARDOM’s Women’s Division has arrived! With her sights set on Kairi, Mercedes Mone is not stopping there! What’s next? AZM and Miyu (Yamashita) as she’s on a quest to raise the value of the yen… and then, she’s coming for the Peso, Rupee, Dollar! #njwk17 pic.twitter.com/9BwrNCdYSr— Issa - Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) (@IssitaMarie) January 4, 2023
Fans can check out reactions from the likes of Bayley and Tamina to the NJPW debut of Mercedes by clicking here.
Fans can find results from NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17 by clicking here. Watch the event with the Fightful staff by clicking here.