Mercedes Mone (Sasha Banks) made her return to the ring at last month’s NJPW Battle In The Valley show, when she defeated KAIRI to become the new IWGP Women’s Champion.
The match was months in the making, with the two teasing a match against each other late last year before Mercedes became a free agent.
Speaking WrestlingNews.co, KAIRI described her emotions prior to the match, saying she felt goosebumps before the monumental match.
“[I] was feeling goosebumps when [I] saw Mercedes Mone. To be able to have a match against Mercedes Mone for the IWGP Women’s Belt was very monumental.”
KAIRI continued on, with her translator explaining the relationship between herself and Mercedes.
“Mercedes Mone and [KAIRI] are very close friends both on-screen and off-screen, and she respects Mone as a wrestler and as a woman.
“To see her at the Tokyo Dome and the challenge before they fought again in the U.S., KAIRI might’ve lost the match, but it could’ve been one of the best moments of her entire career so far.”
KAIRI recently announced that she was a free agent.
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