Back during Retribution’s inception, Mia Yim was not the only female member of the group. Introduced as Retaliation, Mercedes Martinez’s time with the faction was incredibly short before returning to NXT.
Now, Martinez has commented on leaving the group for the first time since returning to NXT. Speaking with Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Martinez said the opportunity just wasn’t for her. Here is the quote:
“I was given an opportunity, and I took the opportunity not knowing what the outcome would be, you got to make the best with anything you can, but I think when that opportunity came, it just wasn’t for me. When you hit the pinnacle of your career, as I did, hitting 20 years, you want to make the most of your career, and make it part of a legacy…I just think being part of that group, it’s not hidden fact that it was me, I don’t hide the fact, I don’t mention it, only because it was just a small part of what the bigger picture is.
It’s kind of one of those things where it’s, “this is where Mercedes is, but maybe it doesn’t fit the mold, doesn’t fit her career’. It was no hard feelings, I just think we both had two different plans, I wanted one thing to go one way, and they had a different outlook. I wish them success, to all those part of the group, and I wish them the best.”
Martinez did little in her return to NXT until recently. She leveled NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai on a recent episode of NXT as has been positioned as the next probable challenger for her title.