A NJPW star says New Japan’s door will be open for WWE talent who are fed up and want to walk away.
New Japan Pro Wrestling took over the headlines in the wrestling world at the beginning of 2023 when they signed Mercedes Mone to a contract following her WWE deal expiring.
The signing of Mone showed NJPW’s commitment to establishing a women’s division and further expansion in the United States.
Speaking on Comedy Store Wrestling, Rocky Romero discussed Mercedes Mone’s impact on New Japan and how the door is open for any other unhappy talent in WWE. He said:
“New Japan is in a weird spot because the pandemic hurt them. They’re a live event business more than anything.”
“The pandemic happened, touring went out the window. It was important for the company to take care of their own, so nobody got fired or released. Everyone was taken care of and survived.”
“Now, they’re just starting to get back on their feet. Mercedes was a big investment, obviously, going forward and testing the waters of where they were in the States and worldwide when you take a big talent on like that. Now, we’re starting to feel comfortable again.”
“Long story is, basically, if because Vince is back and there are people who are unhappy in WWE, there very well could be a possibility of somebody coming over, being fed up with it and just walking away. New Japan’s door will be open if that happens, for sure.”
Mercedes Mone has competed at NJPW and STARDOM events in America and Japan since signing with the promotion. She will make her next appearance at the NJPW Resurgence event in Long Beach, California on May 21.
Rocky Romero has acted as the liaison in helping the partnership between NJPW and other promotions, including WWE when Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows of The Good Brothers returned to the company despite Anderson being NEVER Openweight Champion.
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