The plans of Mercedes Mone to win her second NJPW championship were changed following an injury sustained on May 21.
During the May 21 NJPW Resurgence show, a four-woman tournament took place to crown the inaugural NJPW STRONG Women’s titleholder.
With the main event of the show seeing AEW’s Willow Nightingale taking on Mone for to be crown the first NJPW STRONG Women’s Champion, Mone would favor her leg during the match.
As previously reported, post-match she would be helped backstage with a reported broken ankle.
Mone would confirm that she had sustained an injury on her Twitter account.
It would later be revealed that WWE’s Tamina had been in attendance at the show to support Mone and had also helped the NJPW star when she was backstage.
PW Insider has provided further details of the plans for the NJPW STRONG Women’s Championship, confirming that Mone was set to become the inaugural champion.
The plans were changed during the match when an audible was called, switching the finish to Nightingale being the victor.
Check out the results from NJPW Resurgence 2023 below:
The DKC def. Bateman
Alex Coughlin def. Christopher Daniels
Virus & Barbaro Cavernario def. Zack Sabre Jr. & Bad Dude Tito
Mercedes Moné def. Stephanie Vaquer – NJPW STRONG Women’s Title Tournament
Willow Nightingale def. Momo Kohgo – NJPW STRONG Women’s Title Tournament
Juice Robinson def. Fred Rosser – Street Fight
KENTA def. Hikuleo (c) – NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship
Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta, & Shota Umino def. Rocky Romero, Kazuchika Okada, & Tomohiro Ishii
Will Ospreay def. Hiroshi Tanahashi – IWGP US Title #1 Contender’s Tournament Semi-Final
Willow Nightingale def. Mercedes Moné – NJPW STRONG Women’s Championship
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